Astral “J”

Credit: NASA, ESA and K. Cook (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA) What looks like a astral “J” is a combined view from NASA’s Hubble, Chandra and NRAO’s Very Large Array showing a galaxy cluster called M3735.6+7421 bound together by...

Twisting Butterfly

Credit: A. Caulet (ST-ECF, ESA) and NASA Twisting in space we find a starry butterfly. This Hubble Space Telescope image shows the Lagoon Nebula, or M8. But in the center of the swirling, twister-like nebula, there seems to be a glowing yellow butterfly. This bright...

Fairies

Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA) Not all creatures that we see in space images have to be real. I see a winged, fairy-tale creature standing on a pedestal in this image. This tower of gas and dust is part of the Eagle Nebula. The image from...

Red Spiders

Credit: Garrelt Mellema (Leiden University) et al., HST, ESA, NASA What a tangled web. The Red Spider Nebula, caught in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, is a two-lobed planetary nebula. Also called butterfly nebulas, these planetary nebula are what remains when...

The Crab

Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Hester and A. Loll (Arizona State University) In the year 1054, Japanese, Chinese and Native American astronomers recorded a violent event. They saw a star that hadn’t been there before. It turned out to be a supernova that formed the Crab...