Ripples in an Explosion of Light

ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech/STScI Waves of gas and dust ripple through this image of the Large Magellanic Cloud from the Herschel and Spitzer space telescopes. Explore the curls of dust and waves of gas creating an explosion of light in this image. What shapes or stories do...

Winged Heat

Credit: ESA Herschel Wings flank the center of Centaurus A in this far-infrared image of the elliptical galaxy from the European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Observatory and the XMM-Newton X-ray satellite. Explore the reds, greens and blues of this giant...

Gaggle of Martian Tadpoles

Credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum) What looks like a gaggle of Martian tadpoles turns out to be a series of lava tubes on Pavonis Mons, a volcano on Mars, in this image from the European Space Agency’s Mars Express spacecraft. Explore the series of channels...

Catching a Wave

Credit: ESA/PACS & SPIRE Consortium/HOBYS Key Programme Consortia A colorful, stellar wave crashes over a cosmic beach in this new image from the European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Telescope. Explore the dusty cosmic cloud of the Rosette Nebula. Share...

A Martian Happy Face

Credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum) Every once in a while, something grabs scientists’ attention and makes them smile. The “Happy Face Crater” on Mars is one of them. This crater, also called Galle Crater after German astronomer J.G. Galle, is...