Cosmic Gallery for Valentine’s Day (Photos)
Cosmic Gallery for Valentine’s Day (Photos)

Enjoy this collection of images from outer space in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

This year, just after Valentine’s Day, asteroid 2012 DA14 will make a close flyby of our planet.

About 45 meters in diameter, and passing within 27,700 kilometers of the Earth’s surface, NASA says the massive space rock will make a record-setting close approach. 

TUSCAN HEART: Located in the Tuscan constellation, the young star cluster NGC 346 features a hot, heart-shaped cloud. (NASA/CXC/U.Liege/Y.Nazé et al.)
COSMIC ROSEBUD: The Rosette nebula is a star-forming region over 5,000 light-years away in the constellation Monoceros. It has the appearance of a rosebud or a "rosette" adornment when viewed in optical light. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona)
NECKLACE NEBULA: This planetary nebula, PN G054.2-03.4, is 15,000 light-years away in the constellation Sagitta (the arrow), and formed from two aging stars closely orbiting each other. (NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team, STScI/AURA)
VESTA VALENTINE: This Dawn FC (framing camera) shot is overlain by a color-coded height representation of topography, showing the Pinaria quadrangle on the asteroid Vesta. (NASA, JPL-Caltech, UCLA, MPS, DLR, IDA)
BLACK HOLE RING: This composite image of Arp 147, a pair of interacting galaxies about 430 million light-years away, shows X-rays and optical light radiating from a ring of black holes. (X-ray: NASA/CXC/MIT/S. Rappaport et al., Optical: NASA/STScI)
HEART OF STARS: The cocoon nebula, IC 5416, is a cloud of dust and gas in the constellation Cygnus with massive new stars forming at its heart. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA)


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