The Pacman Nebula lies about 38,210,248,792,365,000 miles away or 6,500 light-years!
Even though this nebula is over 38 quadrillion miles away it lies just under 5,878,499,814,210,000 miles above the spread out of our galaxy giving astronomers an amazing glance at high-mass stars that are the fuel to our galaxy, energy!
As with most of the nebulae we have explored, this one has massive stars that push forceful winds through the gas and dust eating at full speed, as usual!
The purple “mist” you see on the upper half of the nebula is actually 10 million degree gas that surrounds very massive stars, including the ones we just talked about.
So, grab your passport, and head out to Chicago winds!