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The Tadpole Galaxy (also known as UGC 10214 or Arp 188) is a disrupted barred spiral galaxy located about 420 million light-years away toward the northern constellation Draco. Its most dramatic features are an incredibly long trail of stars and massive, bright blue star clusters, reflecting the essence of our dynamic, restless and violent Universe. - Credit: NASA, Hubble, Mehdi Bozzo-Rey
Orion Nebula in Oxygen, Hydrogen, and Sulfur Image Credit Copyright: César Blanco González The Orion Nebula spans about 40 light years is about 1500 light years away in the same spiral arm of our Galaxy as the Sun. The Great Nebula in Orion can be found with the unaided eye just below and to the left of the easily identifiable belt of three stars in the popular constellation Orion.The whole Orion Nebula cloud complex, will slowly disperse over the next 100,000 years.
This cosmic vista stretches 20 degrees across constellation Taurus. It begins at the Pleiades and ends at the Hyades, two of the best known star clusters in planet Earth's sky. On top, the lovely Pleiades star cluster is about 400 light-years away. In a familiar celestial scene, the cluster stars shine through dusty clouds that scatter blue starlight. At bottom, Hyades cluster looks more spread out compared to the compact Pleiades and lies much closer, 150 light-years distant. Beautiful! (NASA)
-- Star cluster NGC 3293 - Most of the stars seen here are very young, and the cluster itself is less than 10 million years old. Just babies on cosmic scales if you consider that the Sun is 4.6 billion years old and still only middle-aged. - Image Credit: ESO/G. Beccari - Image enhancement: Jean-Baptiste Faure
This image shows the remarkably round planetary nebula Abell 33, located roughly 2500 light-years from Earth. The strikingly bright star, HD 83535, located along the rim of the nebula creates a beautiful illusion in this VLT image. The star lies in the foreground of the nebula, between Earth and Abell 33, in just the right place to make this view even more beautiful. - Image Credit: ESO - Image enhancement: Jean-Baptiste Faure
Keyhole Nebula - A portion of the Carina Nebula is known as the Keyhole Nebula (NGC 3324), a name given to it by John Herschel in the 19th century. The Keyhole Nebula is actually a much smaller and darker cloud of cold molecules and dust, containing bright filaments of hot, fluorescing gas, silhouetted against the much brighter background nebula.