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.
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.