Pictures of the Lobster Nebula
A guide to NGC 6357, also known as the Lobster Nebula or the War and Peace Nebula.
The Lobster Nebula - also known as NGC 6357 - is an active star-forming region filled with cosmic gas and dust and newborn stars.
It’s 400 lightyears wide and is located 8,000 lightyears away in the Scorpius constellation.
While many astronomers see a lobster shape formed by the cosmic clouds of NGC 6357 - hence its nickname - others see a skull and a dove, leading to the nebula’s other nickname: the War and Peace Nebula.
NGC 6357 is often photographed along with NGC 6334, which is known as the Cat’s Paw nebula because its 3-lobed shape resembles a feline footprint.
Indeed, both easily fall under the category of nebulae that look like animals.