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This is the Carina Nebula, an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen, helium and other ionized gases. It lies within our own Milky Way galaxy, about 6,500-10,000 light-years from Earth. Like many nebulae, it is a star-forming region, and contains two of the most massive and luminous stars in our galaxy, along with multiple O-type stars. Our galaxy itself is estimated to contain 200-400 billion stars, and roughly ten times as many planets.

This is the Carina Nebula, an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen, helium and other ionized gases. It lies within our own Milky Way galaxy, about 6,500-10,000 light-years from Earth. Like many nebulae, it is a star-forming region, and contains two of the most massive and luminous stars in our galaxy, along with multiple O-type stars. Our galaxy itself is estimated to contain 200-400 billion stars, and roughly ten times as many planets.

The Ghost Nebula, spanning two light-years, and 2000 light-years distant from Earth. Credit: Hubble Heritage Team

The Ghost Nebula, spanning two light-years, and 2000 light-years distant from Earth. Credit: Hubble Heritage Team

Swinging on A Star - NGC 7129 Is A Rosebud-shaped Reflection Nebula located 3300 ly away in the constellation Cepheus. A young open cluster is responsible for illuminating the surrounding nebula.

Cygnus Loop (also known as the Veil Nebula) - formed after a shockwave propagated through the material ejected during the supernova - subsequently heating up the surrounding material - causing it to glow. The nebula, which covers an expanse of space that is 6 times larger than the full moon, is ~ 2,500 light-years from Earth in Cygnus. Astronomers believe the supernova ignited 5-10,000 years ago; the light from the event first arrived on Earth at the end of the last ice age.

Cygnus Loop (also known as the Veil Nebula) - formed after a shockwave propagated through the material ejected during the supernova - subsequently heating up the surrounding material - causing it to glow. The nebula, which covers an expanse of space that is 6 times larger than the full moon, is ~ 2,500 light-years from Earth in Cygnus. Astronomers believe the supernova ignited 5-10,000 years ago; the light from the event first arrived on Earth at the end of the last ice age.

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See Explanation. Clicking on the picture will download the highest resolution version available.

Intense X-rays sculpt Thor’s neon-hued helmet This brightly coloured scene shows a giant cloud of glowing gas and dust known as NGC This is also dubbed the Thor’s Helmet nebula, due to the.

Climb and hike in one of Illinois’ most pristine places. What Is It? Combining climbing and hiking is the preeminent way to explore this hilly, 4,055-acre oasis hidden amidst the largely flat Corn ...

Climb and hike in one of Illinois’ most pristine places. What Is It? Combining climbing and hiking is the preeminent way to explore this hilly, 4,055-acre oasis hidden amidst the largely flat Corn ...

Cercis siliquastrum -or- the Judas tree: from Southern Europe and Western Asia which is noted for its prolific display of deep pink flowers in spring. (wikipedia) / photo from: wonderful places in the world on fb

The Plitvice Lakes: They are a series of 16 lakes incorporated by amazing waterfalls and they are also part of the Croatian National Park

Plitvice National Park UNESCO Site - Travel Croatia like a local

The Plitvice Lakes: They are a series of 16 lakes incorporated by amazing waterfalls and they are also part of the Croatian National Park

Ngc 660, Polar Ring Galaxy In Pisces Credit: Robert Gendler

Ngc 660, Polar Ring Galaxy In Pisces Credit: Robert Gendler