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. Spaces Wallpapers, Helix Nebula, Galaxys5 Spaces, Eye
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).
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.