Questions tagged [nebula]

For questions that depend on nebulae of all kinds, including travel through nebulae, planets and stars within nebulae, the visual effects of nebulae, or the gravimetric effects of nebulae.

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Could a solar system exist inside of a nebula which is made of breathable gases?

Far, far away from the Earth, there is a nebula. An enormous cloud made of 78% nitrogen, 20% oxygen and 2% other non-lethal materials. These gases swirl around a star, and the pressure around it is ...
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Hiding a solar system in a nebula

I have a planetary system with a yellow dwarf similar to our own Sun and three habitable planets. I want to hide this system from sight and long range scans in a nebula, a giant cloud of dust and gas ...
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Is it possible for a space city to exist in and draw power from a nebula? Any side effects?

For context, this takes place about 300 years in the future. The space city in question is located in a nebula, completely man-made (not build upon any preexisting foundations like an asteroid etc.), ...
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The Great Carina Nebula in viewing range of a planet

How close should a planet be to the Great Carina Nebula for it's inhabitants to look up and see this in the night sky? I'm aware much of the sharpness of the view would be lost due to the atmosphere, ...
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Nebula View from the surface of a planet

I'm aware this question has been been answered in some detail and form, but I'd like to know this. How spectacular would a nebula look like from the surface of, let's say, a Super-earth like planet? ...
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Is it dangerous for a ship's crew to get stranded in a nebula?

Some Context I'm creating a universe where humanity has reached the stars. They've colonized a few star systems and, obviously, FTL drives are a common thing. The part of the story I'm currently ...
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How would I make a moon appear black in a night sky that has a nebula visible in it?

So, I'm developing a world for my fantasy setting, but I thought it'd be neat if this particular world had a nebula visible in its night sky. (So, it might not be a nebula like the kind we have in ...
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Can a habitable world exist that would orbit in and out of a nebula?

Not an astronomer (obviously), but had a curious question. Is it possible to have a planet such that: Its star is right on the edge of a nebula The planet happen to be in the goldilocks zone and has ...
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How big can a nebula be?

How big could a nebula be? If a spaceship were traveling 300,000 times the speed of light (assuming this were possible and had no other effects, such as time travel or time dilation) is it plausible ...
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Habitability of a world inside a dark nebula

For your consideration, a star system inside a dark nebula with a potentially habitable planet. Being a dark nebula, we Earthers can't see light shining behind the nebula. Further and therefore: ...
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What would this nebula look like from a planet?

I have a binary system. The primary star is F- or G-class; the secondary is K-class, 20AU away, and in a small reflection nebula (suggested here). A planet orbits the primary in the habitable zone. ...
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What are the effects of a planet staying long-term inside of a nebula?

Let's say for some odd reason, a planet (while in orbit of something) travels at all times inside of a nebula. What all would happen to the planet? Could it sustain life (if sunlight was substituted), ...
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How would a planetary nebula affect a planet?

Let's say I have a binary star system. The planet is orbiting the smallest star similar to the Sun at 1 AU, the same Earth-Sun distance. The other star is located at around 50-100 AU from the Sun ...