Dying Stars, Soaring Nebulas And Clashing Galaxies Have Never Been Brighter

A butterfly-shaped nebula, NGC 6302, surrounds a dying star. It's just one of four brain-shattering images from the new wide-field camera aboard the upgraded Hubble Space Telescope. Hubble's back in business, baby! Click through for the rest.

Gelatinous orbs, etc. A downloadable montage of all four, at the link. [Hubble]


A clash among members of a galactic grouping called Stephan's Quintet.

A panoramic portrait of a colorful assortment of 100,000 stars residing in the crowded core of Omega Centauri


An eerie pillar of star birth in the Carina Nebula rises from a sea of greenish-colored clouds.

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