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Sept. 27: The Cosmic Seagull

Best Space Photos of the Year 2012

Part of a stellar nursery nicknamed the Seagull Nebula. This cloud of gas, known as Sh RCW 2 and Gum seems to form the head of the seagull and glows brightly due to the energetic radiation from a very hot young star lurking at its heart.

Galaxy NGC 7090, as seen by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The galaxy is viewed edge-on from Earth, meaning we cannot easily see the spiral arms, which are full of young, hot stars. Lying in the southern constellation of Indus (The Indian), NGC 7090 is located about thirty million light-years from the Sun. - Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

Galaxy in Pink This image portrays a beautiful view of the galaxy NGC as seen by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The galaxy is viewed edge-on from the Earth, meaning we cannot easily see the spiral arms, which are full of young, hot stars.

New Cosmic Photo Reveals Eye-Catching Rosette Nebula - This image taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) shows the Rosette nebula located within the constellation Monoceros (the Unicorn)

A Rose in Space - NGC 2237 This flower-shaped nebula, also known by the less romantic name NGC is a huge star-forming cloud of dust and gas in our Milky Way galaxy. Estimates of the nebula’s.

Nebulosa Olho de Gato. "Constelação do Dragão". Imagem do "Telescópio Espacial…

オールポスターズの「The Cat's Eye Nebula Space Photo Art Poster Print」高品質プリント

Stunning!    Cosmic Nebulas Dazzle in New Space Telescope Photos Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/WISE Team   An image of the Flaming Star Nebula, taken in infrared light by NASA's WISE space telescope.

Cosmic Nebulas Dazzle in New Space Telescope Photos Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/WISE Team An image of the Flaming Star Nebula, taken in infrared light by NASAs WISE space telescope.

Imagem da Nebulosa da Lagosta obtida pelo telescópio Vista do ESO (Foto: ESO/VVV Survey/D. Minniti/Ignacio Toledo)

Telescópio faz imagem de 'berçário' de estrelas a 8 mil anos-luz da Terra

This space wallpaper from ESO’s VISTA telescope reveals a celestial landscape of vast, glowing clouds of gas and tendrils of dust surrounding hot young stars. This infrared view reveals the stellar nursery known as NGC 6357 in a new light.

The Pencil Nebula

A new image from the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO metre telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile shows the Pencil Nebula. NGC 2736 is a small part of a supernova remnant in the southern constellation of Vela.

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Near the outskirts of the Small Magellanic Cloud, lies 5 million year old star cluster, NGC Surrounded by gas and dust, NGC 602 is featured in this stunning optical Hubble image of the region, is.

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A powerful lightsaber slices through the dark clouds of dust and gas that surround it. It's not a scene from the new "Star Wars" movie but an image captured by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

Uma foto espetacular de um telescópio da NASA revelou uma nebulosa azulada que se parece muito com uma cabeça humana gigante.  Ela se encontra há 1.500 anos-luz da Terra, na constelação do Cisne. Na foto, a “cabeça” – que tem até pescoço – parece estar de perfil, olhando para a esquerda.

A nebulosa que se parece com uma cabeça humana

Filigree and Shadow - Wispy tendrils of hot dust and gas glow brightly in this ultraviolet image of the Cygnus Loop Nebula, taken by NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer. The nebula lies about light-years away, and is a supernova remnant, left over from

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