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 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. Explore the hot clouds of glowing gas as well as tendrils of cold dust in this stellar...

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...

Shrouded Goldfish

ESO This excitation nebula resembles shrouded goldfish in an image from the European Southern Observatory. Explore the huge stars, bubbles and glowing dust clouds of AB7. What shapes and stories do you see? Leave a note in the comments below. AB7 is the highest...

Elephants in the Mist

ESO A couple of elephants wander across a celestial savannah in this image from the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope. Zoom across the pink clouds of NGC 6357. What stories or pictures do you see? Leave a note in the comments below. NGC 6357...