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17

Sep

Bubble Nebula gets a cosmic glamour shotHumid, summer weather didn’t burst one veteran astrophotographer’s cosmic bubble when he spent 3 nights capturing this beautiful image of NGC 7635, also known as the Bubble Nebula.

Bubble Nebula gets a cosmic glamour shot
Humid, summer weather didn’t burst one veteran astrophotographer’s cosmic bubble when he spent 3 nights capturing this beautiful image of NGC 7635, also known as the Bubble Nebula.

28

May


 Hubble Telescope reveals true shape of Ring Nebula  



The Ring Nebula is just over 2,000 light-years from Earth in the Lyra constellation and is 1 light-year wide.
The Ring Nebula is just over 2,000 light-years from Earth in the Lyra constellation and is 1 light-year wide.

12

Nov

Power source of nebula’s mystery jets revealedNew observations suggest that a very rare pair of white dwarf stars explain the nebula’s remarkably symmetric jet structures.

Power source of nebula’s mystery jets revealed
New observations suggest that a very rare pair of white dwarf stars explain the nebula’s remarkably symmetric jet structures.

26

Sep

Photo of the day: Seagull Nebula peeks out of the cosmosRed clouds of gas and dust mingle with the twinkling stars of the Seagull Nebula in this photo captured by a telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile’s Coquimbo Region. The Seagull Nebula is a stellar nursery made up of massive clouds of dust, hydrogen, helium and ionized gases — the perfect environment to birth new stars. Named for its resemblance to a gull in flight, the Seagull Nebula spans 100 light-years from its perceived “wingtips” and is located approximately 3,700 light-years from Earth.

Photo of the day: Seagull Nebula peeks out of the cosmos
Red clouds of gas and dust mingle with the twinkling stars of the Seagull Nebula in this photo captured by a telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile’s Coquimbo Region. The Seagull Nebula is a stellar nursery made up of massive clouds of dust, hydrogen, helium and ionized gases — the perfect environment to birth new stars. Named for its resemblance to a gull in flight, the Seagull Nebula spans 100 light-years from its perceived “wingtips” and is located approximately 3,700 light-years from Earth.

18

Nov

This spectacular new image of the Carina nebula reveals the cold dusty clouds from which stars are birthed in the bustling stellar nursery. The Carina nebula is located about 7,500 light-years away from Earth, and it is one of the brightest nebulas in the sky because of its large population of massive stars.MNN’s photos of the week

This spectacular new image of the Carina nebula reveals the cold dusty clouds from which stars are birthed in the bustling stellar nursery. The Carina nebula is located about 7,500 light-years away from Earth, and it is one of the brightest nebulas in the sky because of its large population of massive stars.
MNN’s photos of the week

31

Oct

Happy Halloween from the ‘Pacman’ NebulaThe ‘teeth’ of the nebula are made up of pillars in the nebula where new stars may be forming.

Happy Halloween from the ‘Pacman’ Nebula
The ‘teeth’ of the nebula are made up of pillars in the nebula where new stars may be forming.

25

Oct

As the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes point their lenses into the vast unknown of space, we get a glimpse of the universe in all its weird and wonderful glory. NASA and other space agencies dutifully catalogue all images beamed back to Earth, but some stand out from the others. Some of the most mysterious are images of nebulae, those interstellar clouds of gas and dust that give birth to the stars.7 images of ghostly nebulae

As the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes point their lenses into the vast unknown of space, we get a glimpse of the universe in all its weird and wonderful glory. NASA and other space agencies dutifully catalogue all images beamed back to Earth, but some stand out from the others. Some of the most mysterious are images of nebulae, those interstellar clouds of gas and dust that give birth to the stars.
7 images of ghostly nebulae

29

Sep

European astronomers spy a ‘fried egg’ nebulaThe nebula includes a yellow hypergiant star, one of the rarest classes of stars in the universe.

European astronomers spy a ‘fried egg’ nebula
The nebula includes a yellow hypergiant star, one of the rarest classes of stars in the universe.

23

Jun

Striking new photo reveals rainbow nebulaThe star is enormous, about 600 times the size of the sun and 20 times as massive.

Striking new photo reveals rainbow nebula
The star is enormous, about 600 times the size of the sun and 20 times as massive.

10

Jun

The first released image from Chile’s VLT Survey Telescope displayed the breathtaking star-forming region Messier 17, also known as the Omega Nebula or the Swan Nebula. This expansive region, located in the constellation of Sagittarius is filled of gas, dust and hot young stars.

The first released image from Chile’s VLT Survey Telescope displayed the breathtaking star-forming region Messier 17, also known as the Omega Nebula or the Swan Nebula. This expansive region, located in the constellation of Sagittarius is filled of gas, dust and hot young stars.