A striking new image of the Helix Nebula from ESO’s VISTA telescope (image top), at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. This picture, taken in infrared
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Charles Messier was compiling a list of diffuse objects not to be confused with comets. The 27th object on Messier’s list, now known as M27
Few butterflies have a wingspan this big. The bright clusters and nebulae of planet Earth’s night sky are often named for flowers or insects, and
NGC 3132 is a striking example of a planetary nebula. This expanding cloud of gas, surrounding a dying star, is known to amateur astronomers in
With its nuclear fuel exhausted, this brief, spectacular, closing phase of a Sun-like star’s life occurs as its outer layers are ejected – its core
In this image NGC 7027 planetary nebula resembles a jewel bug, an insect with a brilliantly colorful metallic shell.
Scientists on the airborne observatory SOFIA detected the first type of molecule that ever formed in the universe.
Hubble captures brilliant star death in “Rotten Egg” nebula
These are the impressive winners of the 2016 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year.
Hubble Space Telescope frames the unique star HD 44179, surrounded by an extraordinary structure known as the Red Rectangle.