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NASA Releases Eight Stunning Never-Before-Seen Images of the Cosmos

Deep-Space Photos: Hubble's Greatest Hits - Photo Essays

Space Spider. The Tarantula Nebula is a spectacular formation named for its spidery shape. Home to half a million young stars, it is 170,000 light years from Earth, and in fact lies outside of the Milky Way altogether. It is instead part of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small, satellite galaxy that circles our own. from: Deep-Space Photos: Hubble's Greatest Hits.

Possibly the Youngest Galaxy Ever Seen, an irregular dwarf galaxy about 45 million light-years away is seen in this image from NASA. NASA/ESA/A. Schaller Phroyd

Author listed on pin. The positioning of the bright spot in the sky lines up very well with the fibonacci spiral's focal point, making this one very pleasant to look at.

An ancient ocean on Mars, space buckyballs and a star's near-death experience – in pictures

This panorama of the Carina Nebula, a region of massive star formation in the southern skies, was taken in infrared light using the HAWK-I camera on ESO’s Very Large Telescope. Many previously hidden features, scattered across a spectacular celestial landscape of gas, dust and young stars, have emerged Photograph: T. Preibisch/ESO