The Crab Nebula. Reminds me of the human heart! 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.
The Sombrero Galaxy - voted best picture taken by the Hubble telescope. The dimensions of the galaxy, officially called are as spectacular as its appearance. The Sombrero Galaxy spans about light years across and lies 28 million light years away.
The star in the center, known as Cyg and located in the dark cloud LDN 981 is a T Tauri — or Young Stellar Object — that is starting to contract to become a main sequence star similar to the sun.
A mysterious blast of light spotted earlier this year near the constellation Leo was actually the brightest gamma-ray burst ever recorded, and was triggered by an extremely powerful stellar explosion, new research reports. On April 27, several satellites — including NASA’s Swift satellite and Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope — observed an unusually bright burst of gamma radiation. The explosion unleashed an energetic jet of particles that traveled at nearly the speed of light, researchers…