Fathom the Universe

Fathom the Universe

Have you ever looked up on a starry night and wondered how things work? This page explores science to gain insight into the mysteries of the universe.
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This is a planetary nebula surrounding a sun-like star in the final stages of its life. It began forming about 10,000 years ago, when the dying star began flinging material into space. The nebula is composed of two elliptically shaped lobes of matter streaming above and below the dying star. The ring contains comet-shaped objects, with their tails streaming away from the star, blown away by the stellar wind. The nebula is about 5,000 light-years from Earth.    Image: Hubble Space Telescope…

NASA says that this image taken by the space telescope Hubble is the Eskimo Nebula, NGC It began forming years ago NGC 2392 was first discovered by William Herschel in In the middle you can see a dying star surrounded by some objects and gas.

The "Porpoise" galaxy (top) is in the process of colliding with a huge elliptical galaxy (bottom). It is being warped by the gravitational interaction between the two galaxies. The collision takes place in extreme slow-motion, it may take billions of years for the galaxies to fuse. Colliding galaxies produce the conditions for the creation of new stars, areas of star formation glow bright blue.    Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STSci/AURA)

The image depicts a violent merger between the spiral galaxy NGC 2936 (penguin) and elliptical galaxy NGC 2937 (egg). Together, the merger is known as ARP located about 326 million light-years from Earth.

This is the Cat's Eye Nebula. It is three thousand light-years away and it is thought to be created by a dying star throwing off shells of glowing gas. The nebula is one of the most complex planetary nebulae known and astronomers suspect the bright central object may actually be a binary star system. The orbits of the stars are suspected to create the intricate patterns in the gasses surrounding the stars.   Image credit: NASA

HD Wallpaper and background photos of Cats Eye Nebula (Natural Colours) for fans of The Hubble Telescope images.

Stunning 3D infrared image of the famous “Horsehead" Nebula. The image was released to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the NASA/ESA Hubble space telescope. The Hubble telescope has given us countless awesome pictures of the universe throughout its life, and changed our view of our place in the universe .    Image (c) NASA, ESA

Amazing Hubble Telescope - Infrared view of Horsehead Nebula taken by Hubble Telescope. The Horsehead Nebula is a dark nebula in the constellation Orion. the nebula is located just to the south of the star Alnitak, which is farthest east on .

This giant spiral galaxy is one of the largest stellar systems in the universe discovered so far. This galaxy NGC 6872 is located 212 million light-years from Earth and it stretches 522,000 light-years from one end to the other.    Image: ESO-VLT, NASA

This giant spiral galaxy is one of the largest stellar systems in the universe discovered so far. This galaxy NGC 6872 is located 212 million light-years from Earth and it stretches light-years from one end to the other.

The Andromeda Galaxy is located 2.5 million light years from earth. It is moving towards us at about 140 kilometres per second and it will collide with the Milky way galaxy in five billion years.  The Andromeda Galaxy contains around one trillion stars, which is at least twice the number of stars in the Milky Way galaxy. Credit: NASA

What is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy? In fact, our Galaxy is thought to look much like Andromeda. Together these two galaxies dominate the Local Group of galaxies.

NGC 6729 is a molecular cloud or a star-forming region, a stellar nursery. Here, hot gasses compact under their own gravity until the fusion process starts. The new star will begin to shine for the first time, creating a shock wave which blows away the surrounding dust and gas. The shock waves that tear up the surrounding gas can be seen as strangely coloured glowing arcs and blobs known as Herbig–Haro objects.    Image credit:  ESO-VLT

Close-up of the drama of star formation This very detailed enhanced-colour image from ESOs Very Large Telescope shows the dramatic effects of very young stars on the dust and gas from which they were born in the star-forming region NGC The baby sta

This is the Red Rectangle Nebula. It is a binary star system where one of the stars is in the final stages of its life. The two stars are very close and orbit each other every 10 1/2 months. One star is forming a planetary nebula with a characteristic rectangular shape. The star is ejecting gas in two oppositely spaced cones. We see the cones side on and they look like an “X”. The lines in the X are created by the regularly spaced outbursts of gas.     Photo credit: NASA

The Red Square Nebula (formally known as MWC lies about 5000 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Serpens. Astronomers don’t know too much about this nebula nor how it was formed.

The Antennae  shows the dance of two colliding galaxies, located 60 million light years away. This event occurs in super slow motion. These galaxies have spiraled into each other for billions of years and the two merging centres are producing violent star forming regions. Matter is flung far into space in two smears of gas. Billions of years from now the two galaxies will merge to form a new galaxy.   Image Credit & Copyright: Star Shadows Remote Observatory and PROMPT/CTIO

The Antennae. Some 60 million light-years away in the southerly constellation Corvus, two large galaxies collided. (NGC 4038 and NGC They were discovered by the great William Herschel in