Category: Fantasy Creatures

Dragon Blazes in Light and Color

NASA/ESA Hub­ble

Light from the Large Mag­el­lanic Cloud takes nearly 200,000 years to travel to Earth. And it’s worth the wait. In this image from the NASA/ESA Hub­ble Space Tele­scope, a dragon roars out of the cloud, or maybe you see a rear­ing horse.

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The Helmet of a Hero

ESO/B. Bailleul

Ancient bards spun tales of heroes res­cu­ing maid­ens and the eter­nal strug­gle of good ver­sus evil. So it’s fit­ting that a huge glow­ing hel­met with gos­samer wings should adorn the head of Thor, one of mytholo­gies great­est fig­ures. Gaze deep into the rich neb­ula of glow­ing gas and dust in this amaz­ing image of Thor’s Hel­met from the Euro­pean South­ern Obser­va­tory.

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Cassiopeian Dragon

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA

A dragon lurks in the vast spaces between con­stel­la­tions Cas­siopeia and Cepheus in the image from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Sur­vey Explorer.

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Cosmic Pterodactyl

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/WISE Team

A giant star-forming region sets the per­fect back­drop for a cos­mic ptero­dactyl clutch­ing a gem.

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Rich Tapestries

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/WISE Team

Rich col­ors spill across a tapes­try of dust and gas in this image of the Rho Ophi­uchi star cloud from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Sur­vey Explorer, or WISE.

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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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