A Face in Space: The Eskimo Nebula

1This stunning picture of the so-called Eskimo Nebula (NGC 2392) was taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope on January 10 and 11, 2000. The different gases of the nebula produce the different colors in this image: nitrogen (red), hydrogen (green), oxygen (blue), and helium (violet).

This nebula is nicknamed the “Eskimo” Nebula because, when viewed through ground-based telescopes, it resembles a face inside a furry parka. The “parka” is really a ring of comet-shaped objects pointing away from the central star.

The Eskimo Nebula is about 5,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Gemini.

Theories were developed to explain the origin and the beautiful features of this nebula from an evolutionist point of view. According to these theories, the nebula began forming 10,000 years ago, when the star in the centre began flinging material into space. Scientists speculate that the comet-shaped objects in the “parka” were formed from the collision of slow- and fast-moving gases.

We believe that brainless material and mere chance could never produce such a spectacular masterpiece in space. The answer to the origin of this heavenly object lies in the Bible: “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.” (Psalms 33:6); “Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:” (Jeremiah 32:17). For more Bible verses see “The heavens declare the glory of God”.

The more sophisticated scientific instruments become, the more proof of God’s existence and intelligence we find in the world. NASA has developed a space telescope to explore the universe. And what does this telescope find far away in space? A face with a jewel on the forehead, surrounded by a crown of glory, like an illustration to the following Bible verses: “In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people.” (Isaiah 28:5), “And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head.” (Ezekiel 16:12)


This image and many other spectacular NASA and ESA photos (see NSSDC Photo Gallery, STScI‘s Hubble Images and Hubble Heritage, JPL Planetary Photojournal, ESA Multimedia Gallery) may be freely used for non-commercial/any purposes with the condition of indicating the source (see copyright notices on the above web sites for details). Pictures showing visible order and design in space bear witness of God’s existence and could be used by Christians in support of the Gospel message.