Behold N159, a turbulent stellar nursery comprised of glowing gas and dark dust. Located over 160,000 light-years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud, this type of nebula churns out some of the universe’s largest stars.
Astronomers working with the Very Large Telescope in Chile have captured the deepest view yet of the heart of the Orion Nebula. Wow.
How many nebulas do you think are in this photo? Careful, the answer is not quite what it seems.
Space, the final frontier… for street art. No, we're not quite ready to tag the International Space Station, but a pair of artists in San Francisco is working on bring space down to Earth with a series of murals depicting everything from constellations to nebulae. And, boy, are they pretty.
In the Battlestar: Galactica universe, nebulas are a nifty spot to hide from the Cylons that are plotting to kill humanity. There's just one problem with the hypothesis, though: These diffuse areas of gas in our universe are actually very faint, even if you get close up. Probably too faint for a hiding spot.
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory just wrapped up its first systematic survey of planetary nebulae within our solar neighborhood, and the results are absolutely beautiful.
At first glance, these brilliant photos might appear to be shaky images of a distant nebula, but that's just a clever illusion. Photographer Fabian Oefner actually created these images using fiberglass lamps, Photoshop, and a bit of ingenuity.