The photo above is actually of a solar eclipse, an annular solar eclipse to be exact, and not a computer-rendered scene. To capture this stunning image, photography "nethskie" used a high magnification long focus lens mm for a 35 mm camera).
This image from Nasa's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a stellar nursery containing thousand of young stars & developing protostars near the sword of the constellation Orion. I heart the Spitzer space telescope.
The portrait of Stephan's Quintet, also known as Hickson Compact Group was taken by the new aboard NASA's HST as one of the first images since its May 2009 overhaul. Stephan's Quintet, as the name implies, is a group of five galaxies.
he Great Nebula in Orion, an immense, nearby starbirth region, is probably the most famous of all astronomical nebulas. Here, glowing gas surrounds hot young stars at the edge of an immense interstellar molecular cloud only 1500 light-years away.
amazing photo of the Orion nebula's center, a cloud of gas and dust known as The work was created by Adam Block at the Mount Lemon Sky Center observatory in Arizona. Image: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona