Enjoy this stellar collection of images from space to celebrate Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night, in the United Kingdom on Nov. 5.
The tradition originates from 1605, when Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up the House of Lords in London in the gunpowder plot.
To commemorate the fact that King James I survived this assassination attempt, people lit bonfires around the capital city, and later it became an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure.
ROMAN CANDLE: Celebration of the 30th anniversary of the lunar landing on July 19, 1999. A replica of the Saturn IB rocket was built on the grounds of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. with fireworks lit up behind it. (NASA)
SKYROCKET: Herbig-Haro 110 is a geyser of hot gas from an infant star that ricochets off a cloud of molecular hydrogen. The plumes of gas are light-years across, and billions of times less dense than the smoke from a firework. (NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA))
SPARKLERS: NGC 3603, a glittering cluster of hot, young stars surrounded by clouds of interstellar gas and dust. The nebula is 20,000 light-years away in the constellation Carina. (NASA, ESA, R. O'Connell (University of Virginia), F. Paresce (National Institute for Astrophysics, Bologna, Italy), E. Young (Universities Space Research Association/Ames Research Center), the WFC3 Science Oversight Committee, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA))
CATHERINE WHEEL: Newborn stars appear as pink and red specks toward the center of the Christmas Tree Cluster in regularly spaced intervals along linear structures in a configuration that resembles the spokes of a wheel or the pattern of a snowflake. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/P.S. Teixeira (Center for Astrophysics))
FIRECRACKER: Filaments of debris from a supernova explosion, called N 49 or DEM L 190, in a nearby galaxy. (NASA, The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), Y.-H. Chu (UIUC), S. Kulkarni (Caltech) and R. Rothschild (UCSD))
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