Located about 1,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Vulpecula (the fox), M27 is one of the brightest and most spectacular planetary nebulae in the night sky. It – along with over 100 objects called the “Messier Objects” – were discovered by the famed astronomer Charles Messier all the way back in the 17th century.

The Dumbbell Nebula Image Credit & Copyright: Bill Snyder (Bill Snyder Photography)

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The Vela Supernova Remnant

Filaments of the Vela Supernova Remnant Image Credit & Copyright: Angus Lau, Y Van, SS Tong (Jade Scope Observatory)

M81's Halo

The Subaru Telescope's "Prime Focus Camera" (also known as "Suprime-Cam") captured this stunning image of Messier one of the largest members of

The Gravastar An Alternative to Black Holes

This artist's concept shows a galaxy with a supermassive black hole at its core. The black hole is shooting out jets of radio waves. New research led by theoretical astrophysicist David Garofalo of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

The Helix Nebula in X-rays

A dying star throws a cosmic tantrum in this combined image from Nasa's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer. The star's dusty outer layers are unraveling into space, glowing from the intense ultraviolet radiation being pumped out by

Guiding Light to the Stars

'Guiding Light to the Stars' by Mark Gee, Australia. The skies of the Southern Hemisphere offer a rich variety of astronomical highlights. (Mark Gee/ Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Astronomy Picture of the Day Messier 106

a spiral galaxy located a mere 21 million light years away in Canes Venatici. It is a very active galaxy, due in part to the supermassive black hole that is thought to be in the center. Such a stunning picture.

This is the spiral galaxy ESO 510-G13. This galaxy is embedded within the constellation Hydra and is located some 150-million light-years from Earth.

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured an image of an unusual edge-on galaxy, ESO revealing remarkable details of its warped dusty disk and showing how colliding galaxies spawn the formation of new generations of stars.

Wide Field View of Wolf's Cave

fromquarkstoquasars: “Astronomy Picture of the Day: - Wide Field View of Wolf’s Cave This strange looking nebula is a bok globule superimposed naturally atop a blue reflection nebula, dubbed.