The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope has taken the most detailed image so far of a spectacular part of the stellar nursery called NGC The view shows many hot young stars, glowing clouds of gas and weird dust formations
Butterfly in Space - image from Hubble Telescope. Gas released by a dying star races across space at more than miles an hour, forming the delicate shape of a celestial butterfly. This nebula is also known as NGC 6302 or the Bug Nebula.
Hubble Serves Up a Holiday Snow Angel The bipolar star-forming region, called Sharpless looks like a soaring, celestial snow angel. The bipolar star-forming region, called Sharpless looks like a soaring, celestial snow angel.
NGC also known as the Crescent Nebula, is a cosmic bubble about 25 light-years across, blown by winds from its central, bright, massive star. This colorful portrait of the nebula uses narrow band image data combined in the Hubble palette.
An infrared image from NASA's WISE, showcases the Tadpole nebula, a star-forming hub in the Auriga constellation about light-years from Earth. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)
This view of nearly galaxies is the deepest visible-light image of the cosmos. Called the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, this galaxy-studded view represents a "deep" core sample of the universe, cutting across billions of light-years.