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The fighting dragons of Ara, two colorful gas clouds in attack position Honorable mention in the "Deep Sky" category, Best Astronomy Photos of 2011 The Australian astroimager Michael Sidonio captured subtle hues of purple, orange, and green from the giant cloud of gas and dust, which sits 4,000 light-years from Earth in the southern constellation of Ara. The 300-light-year-wide molecular cloud is being shaped by radiation from massive young stars formed inside during the past few million years.


Alnitak in Orion

Crater and Basaltic Rock on Mars

Dense Gas and Dust Beyond the Outer Layers of the Cone Nebula. Hubble

Merging Clusters in 30 Doradus. Hubble

Thomas Ruff, cassini 30, 2008, © VG Bild-Kunst

The Horsehead and the Flame Nebulas in the constellation Orion

Astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile have captured this image of planetary nebula Abell 33. Image released April 9, 2014.

Ladies and gentlemen, a new star is born... no, its five of them! Note that this is NOT an artistic view, this is from a real observation by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, "WISE". Picard, count me in!

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!

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have solved a 40-year mystery on the origin of the Magellanic Stream, a long ribbon of gas stretching nearly halfway around our Milky Way galaxy, as seen in this space wallpaper.

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

Green Nebula fabric by corseceng on Spoonflower - custom fabric


A Ring of Black Holes (NASA, Chandra, 02/09/11) by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, via Flickr

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)

Winter Star Clusters Dot Milky Way Like Ornaments

The caterpillar-shaped knot, called IRAS20324+4057, is a protostar in a very early evolutionary stage. It is still in the process of collecting material from an envelope of gas surrounding it.

NGC 6537, The Red Spider

Winter Star Clusters Dot Milky Way Like Ornaments