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#NGC2359, better known as the Thor's Helmet nebula, is actually more like an interstellar bubble, blown as a fast wind from the bright, massive star near the bubble's center sweeps through a surrounding molecular cloud. The central star is an extremely hot giant #WolfRayet star, thought to be in a brief, pre-supernova stage of evolution. It lies about 15,000 light years from #Earth in the #ConstellationCanisMajor, measuring about 30 light years.


In a dramatic new composite image released by NASA, 23 high-definition observations of our nearest star have been compiled creating the mother of all solar portraits.


Backwards Spiral Galaxy: The Spiral Arms of NGC 4622 While stirring a morning cup of coffee and thinking cosmic thoughts many astronomers would glance at this Hubble Space Telescope image of spiral galaxy NGC 4622 and assume that the galaxy was rotating counterclockwise in the picture. From $7 Credit: G. Byrd, R. Buta, (Univ.Alabama, Tuscaloosa), T. Freeman (Bevill State College), NASA Text: APOD - See more at:


What Spawned the Jellyfish Nebula? | NASA Chandra Dec. 10, 2015: The Jellyfish Nebula, also known by its official name IC 443, is the remnant of a supernova lying 5,000 light years from Earth. New Chandra observations show that the explosion that created the Jellyfish Nebula may have also formed a peculiar object located on the southern edge of the remnant, called CXOU J061705.3+222127, or J0617 for short. The object is likely a rapidly spinning neutron star, or pulsar.


Hubble view of the huge star formation region N11 in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Credit: NASA, ESA and Jesús Maíz Apellániz (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, Spain). One of the most active star forming regions in our nearby Universe: N11 – also known as the Bean Nebula — a beautiful region of energetic star formation. The billowing pink clouds that look like cotton candy and bright bubbles of glowing gasses and are telltale signs that stars are being created.


Hubble makes 'Pillars of Creation' image even better


The Homunculus Nebula is an emission nebula surrounding the massive star system Eta Carinae. It is some 7,500 light-years away, and appears in the Eta Carina Nebula in the constellation Carina