This photo of the starburst galaxy, Messier 82 is the sharpest wide-angle view ever obtained. A galaxy remarkable for its webs of shredded clouds and flam-like plumes of flowing hydrogen blasting out from its central regions. Located 12 million light-years away, it is also called the 'Cigar Galaxy' because of the elongated elliptical shape produced by the tilt of its starry disk relative to our line of sight.
This Hubble Space Telescope image shows the spiral galaxy of the Messier 101. It is the largest and most detailed photo of a spiral galaxy that has ever been released from Hubble.
This image bears a resemblance to the Vincent van Gogh work, 'Starry Night' complete with never-before-seen spirals of dust swirling across trillions of kilometers of interstellar space.
A Brilliant White
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope trained its eye on one of the universe's most stately and photogenic galaxies, the Sombrero galaxy. The image of the galaxy's hallmark brillant white, bulbous core is encircled by the thick dust lanes comprising the spiral structure of the galaxy.
This dramatic image offers a peek inside a cavern of rolling dust and gas where thousands of stars are forming. This image represents the sharpest view ever taken of this region, called the Orion Nebula.
Eta Carinae was the site of a giant outburst observed from Earth about 150 years ago, when it became one of the brightest stars in the southern sky. The star survived the explosion, which produced two billowing clouds of gas and dust.
Eye of Heaven
This celestial object, with the scientific name MyCn18, looks like an eerie green eye staring out from two intersecting rings. But it's actually an intricately shaped hourglass nebula with a star at its center.
Temperature differences within interstellar clouds of gas and dust can result in structures reminiscent of Earth's tornadoes. Here are some twisters in the heart of the Lagoon Nebula.
Light Up the Night
Like lanterns in a cavern, scores of hot stars light up the gaseous walls of the nebula NGC 604. The nebula is a prime area of starbirth in an arm of the spiral galaxy M33.