CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS: A remote galaxy, almost 10 billion light-years away, appears warped into a nearly 90-degree arc of light in the galaxy cluster RCS2 032727-132623 via gravitational lensing. (NASA, ESA, J. Rigby/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, K. Sharon/Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, University of Chicago)
CELESTIAL BAUBLES: The blown-out remnants of a supernova called Cassiopeia A, about 10,000 light-years away. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)
SNOWFLAKE CLUSTER: Infant stars veiled in dust located in part of the Christmas Tree Cluster. (NASA, JPL-Caltech, P.S. Teixeira/Center for Astrophysics)
COSMIC CANDLES: The remains of two stellar explosions or "Type Ia" supernovas, often used by astronomers as a "standard candle" for measuring cosmic distances. (NASA/CXC/UCSC/L. Lopez et al.)
SNOW ANGEL: Sharpless 2-106, a bipolar star-forming region, has two lobes of super-hot gas, stretching outward from its central star. (NASA, ESA, & the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA))
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