On Thursday, NASA released a beautiful glowing green image of the Spider nebula taken in 2009 with the Spitzer Space Telescope. The cloud of interstellar gas and dust lies 10,000 light-years from earth in a constellation called Auriga on the outskirts of the Milky Way.
Images taken in infrared and visible light by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope recount a vivid story of the turbulent birthing process of massive stars. The pictures show that powerful radiation and high-speed material unleashed by "hefty" adult stars residing in the hub of the 30 Doradus Nebula are triggering a new burst of star birth in the surrounding suburbs.
Fatal Attraction - VV 340, also known as Arp 302, provides a perfect example of galactic collision during the early stages of their interaction. The galaxy near the top of the image is VV 340 North, whose fatal attraction is bound to succumb galaxy at the bottom of the image is VV 340 South.