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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~~

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42 Mind-Blowing Photos Of Space From The Hubble Telescope

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Gaze up at the stars at the Coit Observatory at Boston University. The observatory is open to the public on most Wednesday nights, weather permitting!

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).

The Lagoon Nebula - M8 in Infrared The Lagoon Nebula (also known as Messier 8/M8 or NGC 6523) is a giant interstellar cloud and emission nebula located in the constellation Sagittarius approximately 5,000 light-year from earth. The nebula contains a number of Bok globules, which can be seen as dark, collapsing clouds of gaseous material. This Particular image shows a star forming central region in infrared and was captured by the VISTA telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. …

The Lagoon Nebula (also known as Messier 8/M8 or NGC 6523) is a giant interstellar cloud and emission nebula located in the constellation Sagittarius approximately 5,000 light-year from earth. The nebula contains a number of Bok globules, which can be seen as dark, collapsing clouds of gaseous material. This Particular image shows a star forming central region in infrared and was captured by the VISTA telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. Credit: ESO/VISTA

M83 Star Streams. Big, bright, and beautiful, spiral galaxy M83 lies a mere twelve million light-years away, near the southeastern tip of the very long constellation Hydra. This deep view of the gorgeous island universe includes observations from Hubble, along with ground based data from the European Southern Observatory's very large telescope units, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan's Subaru telescope, and Australian Astronomical Observatory photographic data by D. Malin.