What's happening in the Statue of Liberty nebula? Bright stars and interesting molecules are forming and being liberated.
Is the Helix Nebula looking at you? No, not in any biological sense, but it does look quite like an eye.
This emission nebula was cataloged by Karl Henize while spending 1948-1951 in South Africa doing research for his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Michigan. Henize later became a NASA astronaut and, at age 59, became the oldest rookie to fly on the Space Shuttle during an eight-day flight of the Challenger in 1985. He died just short of his 67th birthday in 1993 while attempting to climb the north face of Mount Everest, the world's highest peak.
Few cosmic vistas excite the imagination like the Orion Nebula. Also known as M42, the nebula's glowing gas surrounds hot young stars at the edge of an immense interstellar molecular cloud only 1,500 light-years away.
Blown by fast winds from a hot, massive star, this cosmic bubble is huge. Cataloged as Sharpless 2-308 it lies some 5,200 light-years away toward the constellation of the Big Dog (Canis Major) and covers slightly more of the sky than a Full Moon.
About 180 thousand light-years away, it's the largest, most violent star forming region known in the whole Local Group of Galaxies.
Many interesting carnival creatures can be seen in this cosmic bouquet in the Large Magellenic Cloud in Dorado.
Bowie fans will recognise the Starman himself, from the 'Serious Moonlight' tour graphic - dancing above the cluster!
The amazing cat's paw nebula in Scorpius!
This star-forming cloud of interstellar gas is located in the constellation Sagittarius and its apparent magnitude of 6 makes it faintly visible to the naked eye in dark skies.
2 Panel Mosaic featuring Gum 17 nebula. Reminds me of Cosmic Cotton Candy on a Stick!
Some say it looks like a wide mouth frog, others can see Admiral Akbar, Rabbits & Monsters in there!
The Flying Dutchman is a legendary ghost ship that can never make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever.