Have you ever imagined what it would be like to witness new stars being formed? This image recently released by the European Southern Observatory, gives us a stunning new view of a stellar nursery. Named the Prawn Nebula or IC 4628, this immense region of space is loaded with all the ingredients needed to form new stars – and it’s happening right before our very eyes!
There probably isn’t a nebula more recognizable than the Horsehead Nebula. Located in the Constellation Orion and part of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex, this famous nebula has been capturing the imagination of astronomers for years. Let’s take a close up look at this nebula.
I was browsing through images from the Hubble Space Telescope today and came across this beauty. Known as SNR 0509, the giant red gas bubble shown in the image above is the remnant of a violent supernova explosion. It was found in the Large Magellanic Cloud which is a small galaxy that lies about 160,000 light years away from Earth.
The Lagoon Nebula, or M8, is an enormous cloud of interstellar gas and dust that can be found in the constellation Sagittarius. It is classified as an emission nebula, but it is also referred to as an H II region (a large, relatively low density area of ionized gas where star formation is occurring). This close-up image of the Lagoon Nebula was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope last September.