Magnificent galaxy NGC 5033 lies some 40 million light-years away in the northern constellation Canes Venatici revealing striking details of dust lanes winding near the galaxy's bright core and majestic but relatively faint spiral arms speckled with pink star forming regions and massive blue star clusters.
STARS bracelet The core of the galaxy Blue Stars .Parecido AM 0644-741- a diamond-encrusted bracelet, a ring of brilliant blue star clusters wraps around the yellowish nucleus which was once a normal spiral galaxy. This image Credit: Hubble Space Telescope NASA
Hodge 301 Hodge 301 is a star cluster located in the Tarantula Nebula about 168,000 light years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud Galaxy. The Tarantula Nebula is a star forming region, fueled by the star clusters hidden inside.
NGC 6357: Cathedral to Massive Stars Image Credit: NASA, ESA and Jesús Maíz Apellániz (IAA, Spain) Explanation: How massive can a normal star be? Estimates made from distance, brightness and standard solar models had given one star in the open cluster Pismis 24 over 200 times the mass of our Sun, nearly making it the record holder.
This spectacular image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope of the group of galaxies called Stephan's Quintet has provided a detailed view of one of the most exciting star forming regions in the local Universe. Stephan's Quintet is a favoured object for amateur astronomers and has earned a reputation as a challenging target for good hobby telescopes. The quintet is a prototype of a class of objects known as compact groups of galaxies and has been studied intensively for decades. This…