The ESA Herschel Space Observatory's new image shows the pillars and the wide field of gas and dust around them. Captured in far-infrared wavelengths, the image allows astronomers to see inside the pillars and structures in the region
Thought of this in my weird dream going into another galaxy underworld (pretty sure it was inspired by Stranger Things). I said in my dream a good idea for my birthday party could be a galaxy themed sleepover!
Cat's eye Nebula is 3 thousand years light-years from Earth. One of the most famous planetary nebula, NGC 6543 is an extension of half a year and represents a final, brief but glorious life of a star type Sun.
science is beauty: Composite image (X-ray & optical) of the Rosette nebula, located about light years from Earth. More shocking that the one I posted here two years ago. Source: Rosette Nebula: The Heart of a Rose (Chandra X-ray Center)
Complex planetary nebulas form when a star uses up all of the hydrogen in its core -- an event our Sun will go through in about five billion years. Image: X-ray: NASA/CXC/IAA-CSIC/N.Ruiz et al, Optical: NASA/STScI Caption: Chandra X-Ray Observatory