Cocktail Astronomy | The Bat Nebula

The Bat Nebula, (NGC 6995). Image credit: Joseph Drudis/NASA

Here at Future-ish, we love astronomy and we love cocktails. So to prep our fans (and ourselves) for those stellar weekend cocktail conversations, we are pleased to offer our Cocktail Astronomy post each Friday.

Boo! It's another Halloween weekend and what could be more appropriate for celebrating the holiday than a mysterious dark bat deep in space.

The Bat Nebula is located in the eastern part of the larger Veil Nebula, a massive supernova remnant. In this composite image of the neubula, it is the oxygen and nitrogen atoms that appear as different colors of blue. Just as haunting, the Witch's Broom Nebula (NGC 6960) is also located in the larger area of the Veil Nebula. The Veil Nebula is definitely a spooky place. Luckily, the Bat Nebula roosts about 1,400 light-years from Earth.

Cocktail Pairing: we're going with the Diamond Blue. Dark and mysterious but with a little bubbly and edible silver powder to add some celestial sparkle. Cheers!