Comet Lovejoy: “Gerald Rhemann took this picture on Dec. 21st  using a remotely-operated telescope in Namibia. The comet’s sinuous blue ion tail contrasts beautifully with its puffy green atmosphere.”
The California Nebula (NGC 1499) The California Nebula (NGC1499) is an emission nebula located in the constellation Perseus. It is so named because it appears to resemble the outline of the State of California on long exposure photographs. Its characteristic glow of atomic hydrogen gas is powered by ultraviolet light from luminous blue star Xi Persei. The area around this star is the only trace of OIII in the FOV. The nebula is almost 2.5° long on the sky and, because of its very low surface…
The Crab Nebula (M1) ~ the Crab is now known to be a supernova remnant, debris from the death explosion of a massive star, witnessed and recorded by astronomers in the year 1054. This sharp, ground-based telescopic view uses narrowband data to track emission from ionized oxygen and hydrogen atoms (in blue and red) and explore the tangled filaments within the still expanding cloud.
Lightning in space: A single bolt of lightning is 50 percent longer than the entire Milky Way galaxy.Scientists have observed lightning on Mars and Saturn but didn't know that lightning could occur in the middle of space, with a force equal to a trillion lightning bolts, or to use the proper scientific terms, 50 million tons of electricity. This insane electrical current was discovered near galaxy 3C303 firing a massive jet of electrified matter 150,000 light-years into outer space.