Beyond Sunsets, Beyond the Northern Lights, This Beauty is Out of This World
Beyond Sunsets, Beyond the Northern Lights, This Beauty is Out of This World
The Chandra observations of these low-mass stars were made of the region known as the

The Chandra observations of these low-mass stars were made of the region known as the "Wing" of the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), one of the Milky Way's closest galactic neighbors. In this composite image of the Wing the Chandra data is shown in purple, optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope is shown in red, green and blue and infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope is shown in red. (NASA, ESA, CXC and the University of Potsdam, JPL-Caltech, and STScI)

Light echoes from red supergiant star v838 monocerotis. (NASA/ESA/H.E. Bond, STScI)

Light echoes from red supergiant star v838 monocerotis. (NASA/ESA/H.E. Bond, STScI)

The Orion Nebula, an immense stellar nursery some 1,500 light-years away. This infrared image spans about 40 light-years across the region, constructed using infrared data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

The Orion Nebula, an immense stellar nursery some 1,500 light-years away. This infrared image spans about 40 light-years across the region, constructed using infrared data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

The gaseous envelope expelled by a dying star. (NASA)

The gaseous envelope expelled by a dying star. (NASA)

The magnificent spiral NGC 4921 has been informally dubbed anemic because of its low rate of star formation and low surface brightness. Visible in the above image are, from the center, a bright nucleus, a bright central bar, a prominent ring of dark dust, blue clusters of recently formed stars, several smaller companion galaxies, unrelated galaxies in the far distant universe, and unrelated stars in our Milky Way Galaxy. (Hubble Legacy Archive, ESA, NASA)

The magnificent spiral NGC 4921 has been informally dubbed anemic because of its low rate of star formation and low surface brightness. Visible in the above image are, from the center, a bright nucleus, a bright central bar, a prominent ring of dark dust, blue clusters of recently formed stars, several smaller companion galaxies, unrelated galaxies in the far distant universe, and unrelated stars in our Milky Way Galaxy. (Hubble Legacy Archive, ESA, NASA)

At the center of spiral galaxy M81 is a supermassive black hole about 70 million times more massive than our sun. (NASA)

At the center of spiral galaxy M81 is a supermassive black hole about 70 million times more massive than our sun. (NASA)

Planetary nebula called NGC 5189. Planetary nebulae represent the final brief stage in the life of a medium-sized star like our Sun. (NASA)

Planetary nebula called NGC 5189. Planetary nebulae represent the final brief stage in the life of a medium-sized star like our Sun. (NASA)

This long-exposure Hubble Space Telescope image of massive galaxy cluster Abell 2744 (foreground) is the deepest ever made of any cluster of galaxies. It shows some of the faintest and youngest galaxies ever detected in space. (NASA/ESA)

This long-exposure Hubble Space Telescope image of massive galaxy cluster Abell 2744 (foreground) is the deepest ever made of any cluster of galaxies. It shows some of the faintest and youngest galaxies ever detected in space. (NASA/ESA)

A string of “cosmic pearls” surrounds an exploding star.  (NASA/ESA/ P. Challis and R. Kirshner, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

A string of “cosmic pearls” surrounds an exploding star. (NASA/ESA/ P. Challis and R. Kirshner, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

This image shows a composite view of the Crab nebula, an iconic supernova remnant in our Milky Way galaxy, as viewed by the Herschel Space Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope. (ESA/Herschel/PACS/MESS Key Programme Supernova Remnant  Team; NASA/ESA/Allison Loll/Jeff Hester, Arizona State University)

This image shows a composite view of the Crab nebula, an iconic supernova remnant in our Milky Way galaxy, as viewed by the Herschel Space Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope. (ESA/Herschel/PACS/MESS Key Programme Supernova Remnant Team; NASA/ESA/Allison Loll/Jeff Hester, Arizona State University)

  • HeyJude

    Wow…so beautiful. :-)

  • TapestryMood

    Extraordinary……Somewhere out there…..:-)

  • rg9rts

    Shows how small and in significant we really are.

  • konspikuous

    I want to behold such a thing with my own eyes. Pictures are wonderful, but seeing it, as it occurs…would be truly, out of this world.

  • JasmineStarlight

    Did you fall from a shooting star :)…..yes, I believe you did ~♥ ~

  • nancy/still hopeful

    I always feel like a little girl when I look at pictures like this-full of wonder and awe!!!

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