Looking like a spiders web swirled into a spiral, the galaxy IC 342 presents its delicate pattern of dust in this image from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope. In the infrared the faint starlight gives way to the glowing bright patterns of dust found throughout the galaxys disk.
A New View of the Tarantula Nebula To celebrate its 22nd anniversary in orbit, the Hubble Space Telescope released a dramatic new image of the star-forming region 30 Doradus, also known as the Tarantula Nebula because its glowing filaments resemble spider legs. A new image from all three of NASAs Great Observatories--Chandra, Hubble, and Spitzer--has also been created to mark the event.
Magnificent intermediate spiral galaxy NGC 2403 stands within the boundaries of the long-necked constellation Camelopardalis, some 10 million light-years distant and about 50,000 light-years across. - Image Credit: Jean-Charles Cuillandre, CFHT