Carnival of Space #254

We have another astronomy-packed carnival for you this week. What is the Carnival of Space, you ask? COS is the source for the lat­est space news from var­i­ous blogs from the past week. Want to catch up or read back posts on COS? Our gracious host, Uni­ver­se­To­day,...

Chance Alignments

NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration, and W. Keel (University of Alabama) As huge as the Universe is, chance alignments between galaxies often happen as in this image of NGC 3314 from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Zoom into the...

Purplish Manta

ESO/IDA/Danish 1.5 m/R.Gendler, J.-E. Ovaldsen, and A. Hornstrup A purplish manta ray shape glides through the misty nebulae of the Trapezium Cluster in this image from the European Southern Observatory. Explore the amazing colors, stars and dust clouds of this...

Lollipops and a Wreckage of Stars

NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team Galaxies with twisted arms that resemble swirled lollipops come together in a huge stellar wreck in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. What shapes or stories do you see in this image of Stephan’s Quintet?...

Sam and a Billion Fireflies

ESO/S. Guisard (www.eso.org/~sguisard) Sam, the owl, in hues of pink, yellow and blue glares out of the panorama of a billion fireflies in an image from the European Southern Observatory. Explore the rich star fields of Sagittarius and Scorpius. What stories or...