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    The Helix Nebula in the Aquarius constellation, located some 700 light-years away from Earth, was just observed by the piercing infrared gaze of the VISTA telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. Some have referred to the images as the Eye of Sauron, from JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.

    Arguably, the Helix nebula photos from the Hubble telescope may be the most stunning deep space photographs astronomers have captured thus far. The nebula, located approximately 700 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Aquarius, goes by the name of the Helix Nebula, but it’s also sometimes referred to as the Eye of God. It’s easy to understand why.

    ~~Dust and the Helix Nebula ~ Dust makes this cosmic eye look red. The eerie Spitzer Space Telescope image shows infrared radiation from the well-studied Helix Nebula (NGC 7293) a mere 700 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius | Nasa.gov~~

    A close-up view of the head of the Seagull Nebula, which is located roughly 3,700 light-years away from Earth, was captured in this new image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory.

    Superbubble located in a star cluster in the N44 nebula, inside the Large Magellanic Cloud. The image is a composite, with the blue, high-energy portion taken by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. Additional data comes from the Spitzer space telescope, which observes cooler infrared wavelengths (outlined in red) and the European Southern Observatory’s Max-Planck-ESO telescope, which sees in ultraviolet (yellow).

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    Helix Nebula.

    ESO image of the nebula AB7 in one of the Magellanic Clouds.

    Amazing image from Hubbell Telescope.

    This photo from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows an ominous pillar of gas and dust known as the Cone Nebula. The image shows the top portion of the nebula that is 2.5 light years in height. The Cone Nebula is 2,500 light-years from Earth in the Monoceros constellation. The red halo of light seen around the pillar is caused when ultraviolet radiation causes hydrogen gas in the nebula to glow.

    Helix Nebula

    Helix nebula.

    The Witch Head is a favorite around Halloween and is located in the constellation Orion, near the bright star Rigel.

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    Helix Nebula

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    The "Flaming Star" Nebula Lies A Distance Of About 1,500 Light Years, Spans About 5 Light Years Is Visible With A Small Telescope Toward The Constellation Of The Charioteer (Auriga)

    Helix Nebula, Hubble Telescope 2004: the eye of god... #Astronomy #Helix_Nebula

    Carina Nebula. - Image from NASA.

    This majestic view taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells an untold story of life and death in the Eagle nebula, an industrious star-making factory located 7,000 light-years away in the Serpens constellation. The image shows the region's entire network of turbulent clouds and newborn stars in infrared light.