Category: Bugs, birds & animals

Wings of Cepheus

NASA/ESA Hub­ble

A wing, or fan, sweeps across a star in this image from the NASA/ESA Hub­ble Space Telescope.

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Smoky Horse

NASA/ESA Hub­ble

A smoky horse rises from a pink cloud of hydro­gen gas in this spec­tac­u­lar new image of the Horseahd Neb­ula from the NASA/ESA Hub­ble Space Telescope.

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The Eye of the Bird

ESO

A seag­ull glares from a cloud of gas glow­ing by the light of a new star in the eye of the bird in this image of the Seag­ull Neb­ula from the Euro­pean South­ern Observatory.

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Butterfly of Combined Light

X-ray: NASA/CXC/U.Mich./S.Oey, IR: NASA/JPL, Opti­cal: ESO/WFI/2.2-m

When NASA com­bines images from dif­fer­ent tele­scopes they cre­ate amaz­ing works of art and we learn a few things.

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Strangely Shaped Ray

ESO

While this starry vista seems tran­quil, the events that shaped the Pen­cil Neb­ula were noth­ing but quiet. Stars are born and stars die and when they do, they cre­ate amaz­ing stel­lar land­scapes. A star, per­haps a mas­sive one, exploded to sculpt this beau­ti­ful starry scene that resem­bles an exotic bird head or a strangely shaped ray of light.

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Welcome

The ancient peo­ples saw pic­tures in the sky. From those pat­terns in the heav­ens, ancient sto­ry­tellers cre­ated leg­ends about heroes, maid­ens, drag­ons, bears, cen­taurs, dogs and myth­i­cal crea­tures…
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