"The immense nebula is an estimated 7,500 light-years away in the southern constellation Carina."
To some, it looks like a giant chicken running across the sky. To others, it looks like a gaseous nebula where star formation takes place.
The largest, most violent star forming region known in the whole Local Group of galaxies, the cosmic arachnid sprawls across this spectacular view composed with narrowband data centred on emission from ionized hydrogen and oxygen atoms.
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.
Many interesting carnival creatures can be seen in this cosmic bouquet in the Large Magellenic Cloud in Dorado.
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.
The Flame Nebula is part of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex, a star-forming region that includes the famous Horsehead Nebula.
Resembling a hot chilli these superheated blue tendrils of ionized oxygen are remnants of a spectacular supernova that occurred some 11,000 years ago.