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This broad panorama of the Carina Nebula, a region of massive star formation in the southern skies, was taken in infrared light using the HAWK-I camera on ESO’s Very Large Telescope

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I love the Eagle Nebula it's gorgeous! The Eagle Nebula, a grand old bird roughly light-years away. Image courtesy T. Rector & B.

NGC 1499, The California Nebula, which lies 1500 light years away in the constellation of Perseus and spans a length of about 100 light years.

NGC The California Nebula, which lies 1500 light years away in the constellation of Perseus and spans a length of about 100 light years.

A dwarf galaxy via Hubblesite. [TRK]

This Small Magellic Cloud is considered as a dwarf irregular galaxy. It has a diameter of about light-years and contains several hundred million stars. This cloud is very small compared to the Milky Way, our light years galaxy

To celebrate its 22nd anniversary in orbit, the Hubble Space Telescope released a dramatic new image of the star-forming region 30 Doradus, also known as the Tarantula Nebula because its glowing filam

New View of the Tarantula Nebula

30 Doradus, one of the largest star-forming regions located close to the Milky Way, is fondly called Trantula Nebula as the glowing filaments resemble spider legs.

NGC 3576: Glowing Gas in the Milky Way Date: 28 Oct. 2013. A region of glowing gas in the Sagittarius arm of the Milky Way galaxy, NGC 3576 is located about 9,000 light years from Earth. Such nebulas present a tableau of the drama of the evolution of massive stars, from the formation in vast dark clouds, their relatively brief (a few million years) lives, and the eventual destruction in supernova explosions. Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Penn State/L.Townsley et al, Optical: ESO/2.2m…

NGC Glowing Gas in the Milky Way A region of glowing gas in the Sagittarius arm of the Milky Way galaxy, NGC 3576 is located about light years from Earth. Such nebulas present a tableau of the drama of the evolution of massive stars, from the

A Rose in Space - NGC 2237 This flower-shaped nebula, also known by the less romantic name NGC 2237, is a huge star-forming cloud of dust an...

Unicorns and roses. The Rosette nebula located within the constellation Monoceros (the Unicorn). This flower-shaped nebula is a huge star-forming cloud of dust and gas in our Milky Way galaxy.

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