Nebula

The Tarantula Nebula Shouldn’t Be Forming Stars. What’s Going On?

The Tarantula Nebula is a star formation region in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). Tarantula is about 160,000 light-years away…

1 year ago

New Images Reveal the Magnetic Fields in the Horsehead Nebula

A high-school student and an international team of astronomers created the first-ever map of the Horsehead Nebula's magnetic field.

1 year ago

Each Planetary Nebula is Unique. Why Do They Look So Different?

When it comes to cosmic eye candy, planetary nebulae are at the top of the candy bowl. Like fingerprints—or maybe…

1 year ago

How Cold is Space?

The average temperature of the universe is downright cold - right around 3 degrees above absolute zero. (more…)

1 year ago

Hubble’s New View of the Tarantula Nebula

The Tarantula Nebula, also called 30 Doradus, is the brightest star-forming region in our part of the galaxy. It's in…

1 year ago

Beautiful New Hubble Photo Shows Hot, Young Variable Stars in the Orion Nebula

Here’s another striking image from the venerable Hubble Space Telescope. These billows of blue and red show a detailed look…

1 year ago

This Serpent’s Tail is Made of Starry Nebulae

The ancients didn't have the scientific understanding of nature that we have now. All they could do was look up…

1 year ago

Here's a new Image of the Carina Nebula From Hubble

Like a famous (and photogenic) actor followed by paparazzi, the Carina Nebula is one of the most photographed objects in…

2 years ago

The Formation of the Southern Ring Nebula was Messier Than the Death of a Single Star

Astronomers have learned a planetary nebula had a much more complex origin than originally thought.

2 years ago

A New View of the Cone Nebula From the Very Large Telescope

Here’s a dramatic and spectacular new view of the Cone Nebula, as seen by the Very Large Telescope (VLT). This…

2 years ago