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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space telescope shows a cloud of gas and dust carved out by a massive star. A drawing overlaid on the image reveals why researchers nicknamed this region the "Jack-o'-lantern Nebula." Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Spitzer Telescope Spots a Ghoulish Gourd

October 31, 2019

A carved-out cloud of gas and dust looks like a celestial jack-o’-lantern in this image from NASA’s Spitzer…
Sixteen Images for Spitzer’s Sweet 16

August 28, 2019

NASA launched its Spitzer Space Telescope into orbit around the Sun on Aug. 25, 2003. Since then, the…
Anatomy of a Cosmic Seagull

August 7, 2019

Colourful and wispy, this intriguing collection of objects is known as the Seagull Nebula, named for its resemblance…
‘Space Butterfly’ Is Home to Hundreds of Baby Stars

March 28, 2019

What looks like a red butterfly in space is in reality a nursery for hundreds of baby stars,…
A Cosmic Bat in Flight

March 16, 2019

ESO’s Cosmic Gems Programme captures the Cosmic Bat’s dusty clouds. ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has caught a glimpse of…
Hubble Captures Smoking Gun of a Newborn Star

February 16, 2019

In this image, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured the smoking gun of a newborn star, the Herbig–Haro…
Hubble Reveals a Giant Cosmic ‘Bat Shadow’

November 2, 2018

Shadows on Earth can be mysterious and foreboding, but when they occur in space, they can convey information…
The Pirate of the Southern Skies

October 25, 2018

This vivid picture of an active star-forming region — NGC 2467, sometimes referred to as the Skull and…
Newborn Stars Blow Bubbles in the Cat’s Paw Nebula

October 24, 2018

This image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Cat’s Paw Nebula, so named for the large, round…
NASA Is Taking a New Look at Searching for Life Beyond Earth

September 26, 2018

Since the beginning of civilization, humanity has wondered whether we are alone in the universe. As NASA has…
Astronomers Blown Away by Historic Stellar Blast

August 3, 2018

Observations from the Gemini South and other telescopes in Chile played a critical role in understanding light echoes…
Tarantula Nebula: A Crowded Neighbourhood

May 31, 2018

Taking advantage of the capacities of the VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile, astronomers…
Glory From Gloom

January 31, 2018

The Lupus 3 star forming region lies within the constellation of Scorpius (The Scorpion), only 600 light-years away…
UI sophomore reaching for the stars—and getting there

January 24, 2018

Hannah Gulick grew up wanting to be a writer. Then, while taking a project-based class during her sophomore…
Stellar Nursery Blooms into View

December 14, 2017

The region of sky pictured is listed in the Sharpless catalogue of H II regions: interstellar clouds of…
Hubble’s Bubbles in the Tarantula Nebula

October 7, 2017

At a distance of just 160,000 light-years, the Large Magellanic Cloud is one of the Milky Way’s closest…
Can You See the Great Galactic Horse from Your Observing Site?

September 4, 2017

You are lucky if you can answer this question with yes, because this means you have access to…
Hubble’s Spirograph

June 17, 2017

In this classic Hubble image from 2000, the planetary nebula IC 418 glows like a multifaceted jewel with enigmatic…
VST Captures Three-In-One

June 17, 2017

Sharpless 2-54 and the Eagle and Omega Nebulae are located roughly 7000 light-years away — the first two…
ALMA Returns to Boomerang Nebula

June 6, 2017

Companion Star Provides Chilling Power of ‘Coldest Object in the Universe’ An ancient, red giant star in the…
Scientists estimate solar nebula’s lifetime

February 11, 2017

About 4.6 billion years ago, an enormous cloud of hydrogen gas and dust collapsed under its own weight,…
Celestial Cat Meets Cosmic Lobster

February 2, 2017

NGC 6334 is located about 5500 light-years away from Earth, while NGC 6357 is more remote, at a…
The Beautiful Messiness of Star Birth

December 30, 2016

A new image released today by the Gemini Observatory offers a deep, revealing view into an active stellar…
Pillars of Destruction in Carina Nebula

November 4, 2016

Colourful Carina Nebula blasted by brilliant nearby stars The spires and pillars in the new images of the…
Update: Highest Resolution Image of Eta Carinae

October 20, 2016

VLT Interferometer captures raging winds in famous massive stellar system Led by Gerd Weigelt from the Max Planck…
ESO’s Dustbuster Reveals Hidden Stars

October 5, 2016

Messier 78, or M78, is a well-studied example of a reflection nebula. It is located approximately 1600 light-years…
ALMA Explores the Hubble Ultra Deep Field:Uncovers Insights into ‘Golden Age’ of Galaxy Formation

September 26, 2016

An international team of astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has explored the same distant corner…
Astronomers observe star reborn in a flash

September 14, 2016

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, an international team of astronomers has been able to study stellar evolution in…
A Beautiful Instance of Stellar Ornamentation

May 19, 2016

LHA 120-N55, or N55 as it is usually known, is a glowing gas cloud in the Large Magellanic…
Herschel’s Galactic panorama

April 23, 2016   This new video from ESA’s Herschel space observatory reveals in stunning detail the intricate pattern of…
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