The cosmic brush of star formation composed this alluring mix of dust and dark nebulae. Cataloged as Sh2-239 and LDN 1551, the region lies near the southern end of the Taurus molecular cloud complex some 450 light-years distant.
Image Credit: Adam Block, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, University of Arizona
Remnants from a star that exploded thousands of years ago created a
celestial abstract portrait, as captured in this NASA Hubble Space
Telescope image of the Pencil Nebula.
Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
NGC 2736: The Pencil Nebula
Image Credit: Howard Hedlund & Dave Jurasevich, Las Campanas Obs.
The Eskimo Nebula from Hubble and Chandra
Picture of NGC 7635 captured in narrowband by amateur astronomer Luca Moretti
Image credit: Roberto Colombari
Flight Through Orion Featuring Four Nabulae and Two Flash Illuminated Engines – Aug 5, 2007.
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captures the iridescent tapestry of star birth in a neighbouring galaxy in this panoramic view of glowing gas, dark dust clouds, and young, hot stars.
Credit: NASA/ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/HEIC)
Hubble has taken this stunning close-up shot of part of the Tarantula Nebula. This star-forming region of ionised hydrogen gas is in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small galaxy which neighbours the Milky Way. It is home to many extreme conditions including supernova remnants and the heaviest star ever found. The Tarantula Nebula is the most luminous nebula of its type in the local Universe.
Credit: NASA, ESA