Technology is pretty darn amazing. Take a gander at this beauty.
It’s the Carina Nebula, an area of incredible star formation. This image was obtained using the HAWK-I camera on the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope. “Many previously hidden features, scattered across a spectacular celestial landscape of gas, dust and young stars, have emerged,” the ESO stated.
Ah yes. The eye of Sauron. Wait a minute…
No, no. This is the Helix Nebula and it’s definitely a favorite of mine. This extremely crisp photograph was captured with the European Southern Observatory’s VISTA telescope.
The nebula, which is one of the closest to Earth, formed when the sun was at its last stages of life. Read more about the nebula and why it appears the way it does here.
Want to see what the nebula looked like before VISTA? Check this out.
This beautiful rose-colored nebula can go by many names – the Omega Nebula, the Swan Nebula, the Horseshoe Nebula and even the Lobster Nebula, according to the European Southern Observatory. It shows gas, clouds and forming stars.
It’s located in the constellation of Sagittarius and is about 6,500 light-years away. How amazing is it that this image was taken from the ground? Good job, Very Large Telescope (VLT). (ha! I still get a laugh out of that name.)
Read more about the nebula here.
Everyone loves nebula shots.
This ‘snow angel’ beat out newly released images of Dione – one of Saturn’s moons – and the most detailed picture of the spiral galaxy NGC 253.
This region of space is called Sharpless 2-106, according to NASA.
Twin lobes of super-hot gas, glowing blue in this image, stretch outward from the central star. This hot gas creates the “wings” of our angel. A ring of dust and gas orbiting the star acts like a belt, cinching the expanding nebula into an “hourglass” shape.
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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.
No one knows how the Waterfall Nebula was created. It’s one of the mysterious structures found in the sky, according to NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day site.
Designated HH-222, the elongated gaseous stream stretches about ten light years and emits an unusual array of colors.
Click here to read some very interesting thoughts on why. One hypothesis has to do with a black hole.