Perishing alone in space—in a gaseous cloud of stench—ranks pretty highly on the list of Terrible Ways to Die. Sadly, that was the fate of one unfortunate star trapped in the Calabash Nebula, nicknamed the “Rotten Egg Nebula” due to its high sulphur content. If you’ve ever smelled sulphur—or dog farts—you already…
Located 7,500 light-years from Earth, the Carina Nebula is home to some of the most spectacular celestial objects in the observable universe. New images captured by the ESO’s Very Large Telescope are offering some unprecedented views of this ethereal celestial structure.
How many nebulas do you think are in this photo? Careful, the answer is not quite what it seems.
Look deeply into this glowing red cloud drifting beyond the edges of our galaxy. Pretty weird, right? The weirdest thing of all, though, is what it’s been hiding.
The Orion Nebula has taught astronomers a great deal about how stars are born and how planetary systems form.
The Hubble Space Telescope took a new image of the Veil Nebula, a supernova remnant from a star that exploded 8,000 years ago, and made this truly spectacular flyover visualization of the beautiful ripple in space that you can see below. In the 3D visualization, red is sulfur, green is hydrogen and blue is oxygen.
This giant cosmic bubble may seem an unusual sight, but in fact it’s pretty common across the Universe—because its the remnants of a dying star, otherwise known as a planetary nebula.
If space traveling the universe had a scenic route, this would be it. It’s a 3D fly-through of the nebula Gum 29 with the stunning star cluster Westerlund 2 in the middle and it’s absolutely gorgeous. The image was taken by the Hubble and shown off for its 25th anniversary. It’s the stuff of dreams.
The Monkey Roars! NASA just released this beautiful mosaic image of part of the Monkey Head Nebula, showing a cloud made up of ultraviolet light hitting cooler hydrogen gas. This image is partly visible light and partly infrared, which shows interstellar dust particles heated by radiation from the stars in the middle.
The Universe is an incredible place that defies belief. We take it for granted because the distances and scale is so alien to our little tiny pale blue dot that our brains can't even process them. Maybe that's why Italian artist St. Tesla turns galaxies and nebulae into tiny precious jewels.
The European Southern Observatory has published a new Very Large Telescope photo of the cometary globule CG4 or, like they call it, The Mouth of the Beast. As the ESO says, as with other cometary globules, "the exact nature of CG4 remains a mystery."
For 3 million years, this beautiful smudge of gas has been bursting with new stars. Just under 10,000 light years away in the constellation of Cassiopeia, NGC 281 is busy with everything from brand-new baby stars to active X-ray sources to the lingering traces of a supernova.
Oh, wow. The Hubble Space Telescope took a new look at the iconic Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebula, and it is simply gorgeous.
We loved Karen Gillain's take on Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy - if only there was more of it. But while it might be a while until we see more of her, at least now we're getting some Nebula merchandise, in the shape of a new Funko Pop! Vinyl.
Once again, it's time to bask in the stunning wonder of our universe. This is the Tarantula Nebula, and my most recent excuse to bask in endless, encompassing joy.
Did that swirl of gas and dust just face-palm a pulsar? System PSR B1509-58 has a history of inspiring pareidolia, and this latest infrared and x-ray composite image is just calling out for creative interpretation.
Straight from Karen Gillan's criminally underutilized Vimeo page, here's a minute-long clip of the actress chopping off all her hair for her turn as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Thor's Helmet is a cosmic bubble of gas blown from a bright, massive central star. The gorgeous bubble in space is a relaxing treat for your eyes before diving back into the work week.
The visible-light Hubble Space Telescope images of the Ring Nebula are iconic enough, but layering on infrared data brings out even more detailed structure.