Planetary Nebula NGC 2818 The Hubble Space Telescope has imaged striking details of the famed planetary nebula designated NGC which lies in the southern constellation of Pyxis (the Compass). Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team
An artist's illustration of the black hole at the heart of a quasar in the distant universe. The biggest black hole known to exist lives in the nearby galaxy It's times bigger than the Milky Way's supermassive black hole.
NGC 5775 is a spiral galaxy, member of the Virgo Cluster, that lies at a distance of about 85 million light-years. Although the spiral is tilted away from us, with only a thin sliver in view, such a perspective can be advantageous for astronomers.
Image of the star Monocerotis reveals dramatic changes in the illumination of surrounding dusty cloud structures. The effect, called a light echo, has been unveiling never-before-seen dust patterns ever since the star suddenly brightened for.