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).
-I've looked at clouds from both sides now From up and down, and still somehow It's cloud illusions I recall I really don't know clouds at all -Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels The dizzy dancing way you feel As every fairy tale comes real
Image - Crab Nebula: a Dead Star Creates Celestial Havoc
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.
Milky Way over Spencer Bay, Moosehead Lake, Maine by Aaron Priest, Lee, USA
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.
nice The original 1995 image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of the Pillars of Creation. Located at the heart of the Eagle Nebula, a favourite feature for amateur astronomers,
The 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.
(via Wired) A look at the Orion nebula’s center, a cloud of gas and dust known as Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona