Here, a very young star is being born in the guts of the dark cloud LDN 43 — a massive blob of gas, dust, and ices, gathered 520 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Ophiuchus (The Serpent Bearer). . The hidden newborn star in this image, revealed only by light reflected onto the plumes of the dark cloud, is named RNO 91. Credit: NASA/Hubble
Rho Ophiuchus Nebula Complex This amazing complex of nebulosity revealed on long exposure color photographs is one of the most beautiful areas of the entire night sky. It contains dark nebulae where lanes of obscuring dust hide background stars, blue reflection nebulae where the dust is illuminated by nearby stars and red emission nebulae where the hot hydrogen gas itself is glowing.
This image suggests how the newly discovered gaseous planet would look like from its nearby neighbor, a rocky, volcanic planet. (Illustration by David Aguilar, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
Venus moves across the Sun in this image captured by Japan's satellite Hinode, on June 6, 2012. One of the rarest astronomical events occurred yesterday, when Venus passed directly between the sun and Earth, a transit that won't occur again until 2117. (Reuters/JAXA)