A real shooting star! Mira (MY-rah) is a star that scientists have studied for 400 years. But NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer telescope captured a very surprising image of Mira. It showed for the first time that Mira has a long tail of dust and gas—13 light-years long! That is 20,000 times longer than the average distance from the Sun to Pluto!
Nebula in Serpens - This image shows a close-up view of detector 1 of HAWK-I. Despite a total exposure time of only 1 minute in each of three infrared filters, the image shows great detail in this million-year old region, revealing red young stars, reflection nebulae and dark clouds of gas and dust very clearly. - Credit: ESO
Star w/ a Comet-Like Tail. UV images from NASA's Galaxy show a speeding star that is leaving an enormous trail of 'seeds' for new solar systems. The star, named Mira, is shedding material that will be recycled into new stars & planets as it hurls through our galaxy. Mira is about 350 ly away in Cetus (the Whale)
The silhouette of a Lynd's dark nebula appears against a faint background of glowing hydrogen gas only easily seen in long telescopic exposures of the region. LDN 1622 lies near the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy, close on the sky to Barnard's Loop - a large cloud surrounding the rich complex of emission nebulae found in the Belt and Sword of Orion.