About 550 light-years from Earth, Chi Cygni, a star like our Sun, is writhing in its death throes. It is now so large that it would swallow every planet out to Mars. (Artist rendering, credit: ESO/L. Calçada)I love it.
Fantastic shapes lurk in clouds of glowing gas in the giant star forming region NGC The emission nebula is found about light years away near the edge of a large molecular cloud unseen at visible wavelengths, in the southern constellation Ara.