When it comes to Valentine's day, flowers are kind of boring. Do they smell nice? Yes. But they also reek of unoriginality. Face it, people, the bouquet of roses has been done.
This dazzling image is of the Rosette Nebula, a rose-shaped nebula in the Unicorn constellation. The nebula's central star cluster is so bright that it was discovered a century and a half before the rest of the nebula.
The so-called Heart Nebula lives up to its name, in this lush new image that an amateur astrophotographer posted on a new Flickr account. We've never seen nebula pictures this rich-looking. And just wait until you see the Rosette Nebula.