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...

Star Storm

Credit: C.R. O’Dell (Rice University), and ESA/Hubble & NASA A storm of starbirth brews inside the Orion Nebula in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Explore the heart of the most famous star-making nebulae, M42. What stories or shapes do...

Glowing Globs in a Starry Sea

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA Glowing globs of star stuff float in a starry sea in this image from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Explore the curious features around young stars still in their dusty cocoons in the lesser-known Orion nebula, Messier 43. What...

Orion Thunderbird

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/J. Stauffer (SSC/Caltech) A thunderbird lurks in the dreamy clouds of the Great Nebula in Orion. Also a colony of hot, young stars shines their way through the enveloping folds of dust and gas. This churning, cosmic scene is from NASA’s...

Flower of Orion

Credit: European Southern Observatory (ESO) Explore the folds and petals of the Orion Nebula in this dramatic new image from ESO’s VISTA survey telescope. VISTA’s infrared vision allows to deeply into this well-known nebula showing young active stars and...