Floppy Ears

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/E. Churchwell (University of Wisconsin) An elephant with big floppy ears peers from in this cloud of cold gas and dust in an image of RCW 49 from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. Explore this stellar nursery. What shapes or stories do you...

Striking Starry Eye

Credit: ESO Strands of cold gas and dust stream from the center of this striking image of the Helix Nebula from the European Southern Observatory. Explore the clumps and rings of this nearby planetary nebula. What patterns or stories do you see? Fireworks? A flower?...

Glowing Eagle

Credit: ESA/Herschel/PACS/SPIRE/Hill, Motte, HOBYS Key Programme Consortium; X-ray: ESA/XMM-Newton/EPIC/XMM-Newton-SOC/Boulanger A glowing eagle soars upward in this far-infrared image of the Eagle Nebula from ESA’s Herschel Telescope. Zoom into the intricate...

Stellar Factory

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Harvard-Smithsonian CfA Standing and flying birds hide in a jungle of eyes in a star-making factory known as Cygnus X in this image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. Zoom into the intricate bubbles, folds and layers of dust in this...

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. Explore the cool dense clouds of gas and dust. A curvy dragon-shaped nebula rises in the...