Isn’t it amazing? It’s called the Butterfly Nebula, or NGC 6302 if you want to be technical. This image shows clouds and gas surrounding a dying star. The Butterfly Nebula is about 4,000 light-years away in the constellation of Scorpio.
This extremely detailed image was taken after the Hubble Telescope was upgraded in 2009. Take a look at what we saw before Hubble’s upgrade. Makes you appreciate the image above a little bit more, right?
Read more about the Butterfly Nebula at NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day site.