The bright core and outer reaches of giant elliptical galaxy M60 (NGC 4649) loom large at the upper left of this sharp close-up from the Hubble Space Telescope. Some 54 million light-years away and… Continue reading
A new image from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope shows an enormous collection of galaxies and star clusters in stunning detail.
Hubble spied 10,000 or so of the estimated 160,000 globular star groupings thought to reside in… 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
In front of a famous background of stars and galaxies lies some of Earth’s more unusual trees. Known as quiver trees, they are actually succulent aloe plants that can grow to tree-like proportions. …… Continue reading
Cosmic dust clouds sprawl across a rich field of stars in this sweeping telescopic vista near the northern boundary of Corona Australis, the Southern Crown.
Probably less than 500 light-years away and effectively blocking… Continue reading
Perhaps the most famous star cluster on the sky, the Pleiades can be seen without binoculars from even the depths of a light-polluted city.
Also known as the Seven Sisters and M45, the Pleiades is one of the brightest and… Continue reading
Why is the sky near Antares and Rho Ophiuchi so colorful? …
Fine dust illuminated from the front by starlight produces blue reflection nebulae. Gaseous clouds whose atoms are excited by ultraviolet… Continue reading