nebula

  • It’s blue, but it’s not actually a ring

    Scientists solve a 16-year-old cosmic mystery.

    The so-called Blue Ring Nebula, which has perplexed astronomers for a decade and a half, appears to be the youngest k...

    Astronomy November 19, 2020
  • Capturing the chaos in nearby nebulae

    Hubble’s new images of the butterfly and the bug.

    Astronomers have maxed out the Hubble Space Telescope’s imaging capability – using it across its full wavelength rang...

    Astronomy June 20, 2020
  • Photo bombers in space

    Asteroid pops up in astronomer’s galaxy shot.

    Anyone who has taken a long-range image knows that sometimes things get in the way of the perfect shot. The same thin...

    Astronomy October 20, 2019
  • Space is watching

    Hubble captures a fading star, the Engraved Hourglass Nebula.

    This image, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, shows the Engraved Hourglass Nebula – also known as MyCn 18 – wit...

    Astronomy October 3, 2019
  • A celestial seagull in full flight

    And with a good telescope, you can capture all the details.

    This is known as the Seagull Nebula, for obvious reasons, and thanks to the detail captured here by ESO’s VLT Survey ...

    Astronomy August 8, 2019
  • First molecular bond in the universe found

    The helium hydride has now been observed in a young nebula.

    What is thought to be the first molecular bond ever formed in the universe has been detected for the first time – in ...

    Astrophysics April 17, 2019
  • A space butterfly stretches its wings

    NASA image shows a bright red nebula.

    This image, taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, shows a nebula known officially as Westerhout 40, or W40, but pr...

    Space March 31, 2019
  • A fleeting moment in time

    Observatory captures the last breath of a dying star.

    The faint, ephemeral glow emanating from the planetary nebula ESO 577-24 persists for only around 10,000 years, a bli...

    Space January 22, 2019
  • Holy astronomy! It’s the Bat Shadow!

    Hubble captures titanic light and shade.

    In the star-forming region known as the Serpens Nebula, 1300 light-years from Earth, vast shadows created by the ligh...

    Space November 1, 2018
  • The Ghost Nebula shimmers

    Hubble imaging reveals dynamic cloud blasted by a star.

    IC 63, a spectacular nebula, portrayed by NASA’s Hubble telescope.NASA, ESA, and STScI Some 550 light-years from E...

    Space October 28, 2018
  • Sinister beauty of the star-forming Skull and Cross Bones nebula

    A quiet night in South America yields unexpected beauty.

    An unplanned break in research for astronomers at the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in C...

    Space October 28, 2018
  • Cat’s Paw nebula blows bubbles

    New images reveal a multi-coloured star-forming extravaganza.

    The Cat's Paw Nebula, captured by NASA.NASA/JPL-CaltechVast red bubbles dominate the latest image of the Cat’s Paw Ne...

    Space October 24, 2018
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