Otherwise known as the Belt of Orion, these three blue supergiant stars are hotter and much more massive than the Sun. They lie about 1,500 light-years away, born of Orion’s… Continue reading
The Ring Nebula (M57) is probably [next to Saturn’s rings] the most famous celestial band. …
The recent mapping of the expanding nebula’s 3-D structure, based in part… Continue reading
AE Aurigae is called the flaming star. The surrounding nebula IC 405 is named the Flaming Star Nebula and the region seems to harbor smoke, but there is no fire. …… Continue reading
As the gift-giving season comes to an end, maybe now you’ve got a shiny new telescope to call your own. Congratulations — you’re on your way to discovering many amazing things in the night sky. Be it a long, sleek… Continue reading
A starry band of the Milky Way climbs over Yosemite Valley, Sierra Nevada Range, planet Earth.
Jupiter is the brightest celestial beacon on the wintry scene, though. Standing… Continue reading
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Wisps like this are all that remain visible of a Milky Way star.
About 9,000 years ago that star exploded in a supernova leaving the Veil Nebula, also known as the Cygnus Loop. At… Continue reading
Is this what will become of our Sun? Quite possibly.
The bubble of expanding gas pictured above is the planetary nebula PK 164 +31.1, the remnants of the atmosphere of a Sun-like star expelled… Continue reading