The very energetic radiation from young hot stars in the star cluster NGC 3603 is bursting into colder gas and dust making the gas glow. The radiation from the stars has blown a 'bubble' around the cluster free from gas. the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captures various stages of the life cycle of stars in one single view. - Credit: NASA/ESA et al
"In starlit nights I saw you So cruelly you kissed me Your lips a magic world Your sky all hung with jewels The killing moon Will come too soon" -Ian McCullough/Echo And The Bunnymen
Preview of a Forthcoming Supernova - NASA's Hubble Telescope captured an image of Eta Carinae. This image consists of ultraviolet and visible light images from the High Resolution Channel of Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys. The field of view is approximately 30 arcseconds across.
Taken by Prosper Henry, 1885. This photograph of the Ring Nebula in the constellation Lyra shows but a three-degree section of the firmament, 1,956 light-years from earth. Once a star similar to our own sun, the nebula was formed when the star exploded, releasing gasses from its outer shell into space.
I stayed up to watch the last shuttle launch in the early hours of this morning. I don't think it's really set in for me that it is the last. Maybe a small part of me believes that one day they'll try something similar again. In the meantime, if you look in the reflection Atlantis is smiling. As it should...