That tiny, insignificant detail? Well, it turns out that the brightest star in the Pismis 24 cluster is actually three stars, possibly more. But don't feel bad for these stars: they're both still 100 times as massive as our Sun.
This planet is a hot Jupiter, meaning it's a massive gas giant that orbits in tight proximity to its star. That may not sound like home, but its star could double for our Sun... if you ignore its location.
The galaxy cluster at the center of this image has so much gravitational force that it warps and distorts our view of everything behind it. This photo offers a particularly dramatic example: look at that twisted galaxy on the right.
At first glance, this looks like just another star field. But almost every source of light in this image is actually one of the 190 galaxies making up the massive Perseus Cluster, one of the nearest such clusters to Earth.
If you're going to name a cluster of galaxies after the mythological character who unleashed evil on the world, this particular is a pretty good choice. It's a cacophonous, mixed-up mishmash of four older clusters, plus plenty of dark matter.
Once you get past the Milky Way and the handful of galaxies that are right around us, these brilliant, faraway galaxies of the Virgo Cluster are the closest thing we've got to neighbors in this vast, largely empty universe.
Large groups of galaxies come together to form clusters, and those clusters are linked together by vast streams of hot gas known as filaments. These intergalactic links reach temperatures well over a million degrees and are almost completely invisible...until now.
This beauty is the spiral galaxy NGC 4911, located a third of a billion light-years away in the Coma Cluster of galaxies, one of the most tightly packed regions in the universe.