A Squid in the Darkness

NASA/ESA Hubble A blue and gold squid-shaped galaxy glitters with other galaxies in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. StarryCritters is all about seeing patterns in the stars. ESO 149-3 is an irregular galaxy that appears to be shaped like a squid...

‘Retire’ the Voyager name

It took 35 years to make the leap, but a plucky little spacecraft has gone where none have gone before; beyond the bounds of the solar system and into the black between stars. Voyager 1 is our first starship; the first interstellar traveler. As such, the name Voyager...

Wings of Cepheus

NASA/ESA Hubble A wing, or fan, sweeps across a star in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Explore the swirls, loops and turbulence in this star cloud. What stories or shapes do you see? Leave a note in the comments below. V* PV Cephei is the young...

Smoky Horse

NASA/ESA Hubble A smoky horse rises from a pink cloud of hydrogen gas in this spectacular new image of the Horseahd Nebula from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Zoom in and explore this dark pillar of dust. What shapes or stories do you see? Leave a note in the...

Eye of Stars

NASA/ESA Hubble Set against a starry backdrop, ESO 456-67 glows like a cat’s eye or in the shape of Mas Amedda from Star Wars in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Explore the planetary nebula ESO 456-67. What shapes do you see? Leave a note in...