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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.

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~~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~~

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.

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 strikingly unusual planetary nebula, NGC 6751. Glowing in the constellation Aquila like a giant eye, the nebula is a cloud of gas ejected several thousand years ago from the hot star visible in its center.

Helix Nebula..oh my sweet Lord, how SPECTACULAR is this..my heart says it is "the eye of God" wow!!

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Orion nebula, the closest massive star-making factory to Earth. - Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/S.T. Megeaty (Univ. of Toledo,OH).

~~Trifid Nebula As Viewed From the Spitzer Infrared Telescope by NASA Public Domain~~

stellar demise in planetary nebula ngc 6302 ~ credit: nasa, esa, and the hubble sm4 ero team

AB7 is one of the highest excite-ment nebulae in the Magellanic Clouds. It is a binary star, con-sisting of one WR-star (highly evolved massive star) & a mid-age massive companion of spectral type O. AB7 w/the assoc. huge nebula & H II region indicate that this star is one of the hottest WR-stars known so far; it's surface temp. is +120,000°

Insane! Helix nebula. I have heard this called ' the eye of God'