Tour the Orion Nebula with this gorgeous image collection. Officially called M42, and also known (with a bit more pomp) as the Great Nebula in Orion, it’s a busy area of star formation, where huge clouds of interstellar gas are condensing and igniting into brilliant new stars.
This new image of the Eagle Nebula—without a doubt one of the most amazing objects in space—is stunningly trippy. It combines the two opposite ends of the electromagnetic spectrum in one shot: Far-infrared and X-ray. Absolutely gorgeous.
The universe is full of incredibly beautiful sights, but they're all designated with dull official codes like NGC 281. Thankfully some stargazers have a little imagination, and have nicknamed the nebula above after the original dot-chomper, Pac-Man. Can you see it?
This stunning photo is of a giant gas bubble that's been blown by the Bubble nebula, NGC 7635. The bubble was created by the intense radiation and stellar winds coming off a nearby star -- not quite as serene as it looks. [Larry Van Vleet via Space.com]