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.
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.
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.
The gorgeous colours of the beautiful Gem Cluster in Carina.
The amazing, twisting molecular clouds of NGC 6188 in Ara.
It is one of the first dark nebulae known, discovered in 1913 by E.E. Barnard (Barnard 1913).
Ha rich region hidden behind the Southern Cross (Crux).
Beautiful Ionized Oxygen threads within the Vela Supernova Remnant.