The celestial region, known as NGC 6729, is located about 400 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Corona Australis. Overall, NGC 6729 covers a section of the sky that is equivalent to the width of the full moon. Also pictured here are Herbig–Haro objects — the “strangely colored glowing arcs and blobs” in the nebula. They are the result of high velocity jets that spew material from the stars’ poles.
The runaway pulsar IGR J1104-6103 fires off the longest X-ray jet in the Milky Way Galaxy (jet extends up and to the right from lower right) in this view taken by combining observations from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory (purple) and other radio and optical telescopes. The jet's tail extends across 37 light-years, the longest ever seen. Image released Feb. 18, 2014.
A new Chandra image of Centaurus A, famous for its gargantuan jet, has been released. The data in this image were taken from Chandra's archive and are equivalent to over 9 and half days of observations. In this image, red, green, and blue show low, medium, and high-energy X-rays. Archived data also allow for ongoing scientific studies, including new results on the black holes and neutron stars in Centaurus A.
WIRED Space Photo of the Day | Feb. 9, 2014: Black Hole Jet X-ray: NASA/CXC/U.Birmingham/M.Burke et al. Just weeks after NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory began operations in 1999, the telescope pointed at Centaurus A (Cen A, for short). This galaxy, at a distance of about 12 million light years from Earth, contains a gargantuan jet blasting away from a central supermassive black hole.
This is an image of the Seagull Nebula — a dense stellar nursery containing thousands of stars born from the same molecular cloud as the nebula. Though, only a small portion of the light from these distant stars can be seen (the result of rather large amounts of interstellar gas and dust clouds blocking the heart of the nebula from our vantage point). If you look closely, the nebula resembles a seagull in flight. (Hence the name the “Seagull nebula.”)
This Hubble Space Telescope image shows the full beauty of nearby spiral galaxy M83 in a mosaic of many photos stitched together. The magentas and blues indicate star-forming regions. Also known as the Southern Pinwheel, M83 is located 15 million light-years away in the constellation Hydra. Image released January 2014.
SH2 136 is better suited for the early fall instead of the start of winter, but it sure is a lovely sight, isn’t it? Usually, when it is seen in subdued colors, it is perhaps a bit more spooky (little ghosts appear to rise up from the main nebula), but this image (taken by the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope) brings new life to this stellar star-forming region (it lies about 1,200 light-years from Earth in the royal constellation of Cepheus).
The black hole (white) sits at the center of the galaxy RX J1532. X-ray image (yellow) courtesy NASA/CXC/Stanford/J. Hlavacek-Larrondo et al. Optical image (purple) courtesy NASA/ESA/STScI/M. Postman & CLASH team A giant, supermassive black hole—likely the largest ever detected—is flexing its immense power in the heart of a distant galaxy cluster 3.9 billion light-years from Earth.
In this new Hubble image two objects are clearly visible, shining brightly. When they were first discovered in 1979, they were thought to be separate objects — however, astronomers soon realized that these twins are a little too identical! They are close together, lie at the same distance from us, and have surprisingly similar properties. The reason they are so similar is not some bizarre coincidence; they are in fact the same object.
NASA's Swift spacecraft captured this view of the new supernova in galaxy M82 on Jan. 22, 2014. Mid-ultraviolet light is shown in blue, near-UV light in green, and visible light in red. Thick dust in M82 scatters much of the highest-energy light, which is why the supernova appears yellowish here.
What's lighting up nebula IRAS 05437+2502? No one is sure. Particularly enigmatic is the bright upside-down V that defines the upper edge of this floating mountain of interstellar dust, visible near the image center. In general, this ghost-like nebula involves a small star forming region filled with dark dust that was first noted in images taken by the IRAS satellite in infrared light in 1983
This new Hubble image is the best-ever view of a cosmic creepy-crawly known as the Tarantula Nebula, a region full of star clusters, glowing gas, and dark dust. Astronomers are exploring and mapping this nebula as part of the Hubble Tarantula Treasury Project, in a bid to try to understand its starry anatomy.