Dragon Jewels

Credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration A dragon swoops in to protect its jewels in this image of NGC 3603. Thousands of sparkling new stars form one of the most massive star clusters in the Milky Way Galaxy. Explore this image...

Cosmic Caterpillar

Credit: NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) We continue our journey, exploring the giant creatures lurking in the glowing gas of the Carina Nebula. In this part of the image from NASA’s Hubble Space...

Swimming Frog

Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) Call it a galactic dust bunny. Or a frog swimming in a bright, pink pond. Deep in space, dust and dust collect into knots called Bok globules. Named after astronomer Bart Bok, these globs are places where new...

Twisting Butterfly

Credit: A. Caulet (ST-ECF, ESA) and NASA Twisting in space we find a starry butterfly. This Hubble Space Telescope image shows the Lagoon Nebula, or M8. But in the center of the swirling, twister-like nebula, there seems to be a glowing yellow butterfly. This bright...

A Running Chicken

ESO With wings spread, a chicken-shape dominates this pink cloud of hydrogen gas and newborn stars in this image from the European Southern Observatory. Explore the Running Chicken Nebula. What stories or pictures do you see in the patterns of this nebula? Leave a...