Brilliant Star Death in “Rotten Egg” Nebula: NASA Image of the Day

Goodnight Miss Calabash Nebula, wherever you are! (If you get that joke, congratulations! You're old). So here is another example of the universe being beautiful in the throws of death. I mean, if you're a sun and you're gonna die it might as well be spectacular right? Also, this particular "star death" smells like rotten eggs. [...]

Hubble Spots Eye of Sauron: NASA Image of the Day

Long thought vanquished at the end of the Third Age, Sauron, that foul deceiver of men, has been spotted by the Hubble telescope in the nether regions of the Galaxy. Upon seeing the image a noted astronomer described it as,"rimmed with fire, but was itself glazed, yellow as a cat's, watchful and intent, and the [...]

A Mess of Stars: NASA Image of the Day

Yet another example of why Hubble is awesome. A beautiful image of dizzying brilliance that puts the immensity of creation in a humbling perspective and should make you wonder at the vast, incomprehensible universe that we are but a small, small part. Of course the first thing I thought of was a big booming voice [...]

Celestial Fireworks: NASA Image of the Day

The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch on April 24, 1990. To capture this image, Hubble’s near-infrared Wide Field Camera 3 pierced through [...]

Dusty Galaxy, Home to an Exploding Star: NASA Image of the Day

Fun fact: Dusty Galaxy was actually my stripper name back in the 70s. I kid of course, I had a completely different stripper name. I absolutely love these images. Exploding stars from long ago and galaxies that look like a giant crack in reality, this just confirms two things a) Hubble continues to be [...]

Hubble’s Little Sombrero: NASA Image of the Day

This is an image of the "Little Sombrero" galaxy, a spiral galaxy seen on its edge and called sombrero because it looks absolutely nothing like a type of wide-brimmed hat from Mexico. Or maybe it does if you have spent way too many hours staring at the sky through a telescope. Regardless it is pretty [...]

The Universe Is Smiling: NASA Image of the Day

Okay, let's face it, this is cool. Now, this could mean: A) This is a benevolent gesture by the vast collective consciousness to put us at ease and let us know we are on the right path. Or... B) Maybe the universe hates us. Look at it - the glowing eyes, the malevolent smirk - [...]

Hubble’s View of the Polar Ring of Arp 230: NASA Image of the Day

Here we have a clear and distinct image of the Star Child on his way from Europa. No, that's silly. It's really the cosmic cocoon of Adam Warlock obviously. Anyone can see that. In reality it is Arp 230 a galaxy of strange shape and part of the "Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies" produced by Halton [...]

Hubble’s Panoramic View of the Andromeda Galaxy: NASA Image of the Day

This is gorgeous. Not much more to say about this other than that. Hubble is awesome. The largest NASA Hubble Space Telescope image ever assembled, this sweeping bird’s-eye view of a portion of the Andromeda galaxy (M31) is the sharpest large composite image ever taken of our galactic next-door neighbor. Though the galaxy is over [...]

Hubble Sees Turquoise-Tinted Plumes in Large Magellanic Cloud:NASA Image of the Day

The Hubble telescope, best invention ever. The brightly glowing plumes seen in this image are reminiscent of an underwater scene, with turquoise-tinted currents and nebulous strands reaching out into the surroundings. However, this is no ocean. This image actually shows part of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a small nearby galaxy that orbits our galaxy, [...]