In this detailed view from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, the so-called Cat’s Eye Nebula looks like the penetrating eye of the disembodied sorcerer Sauron from the film adaptation of “Lord of the Rings.
This Awesome Destroyer of Worlds Is the Best Astronomy Image of the Year
"Massive Star Makes Waves".The giant star Zeta Ophiuchi, a young, large and hot star located around 370 light-years away, is having a 'shocking' effect on the surrounding dust clouds in this infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
A colourful star-forming region is featured in this stunning new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of NGC Looking like a roiling cauldron of some exotic cosmic brew, huge clouds of gas and dust are sprinkled with bright blue, hot young stars.
Herbig-Haro 110 is a geyser of hot gas from a newborn star that splashes up against and ricochets off the dense core of a cloud of molecular hydrogen. - Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
As the New Horizons spacecraft approached Jupiter en route to Pluto in February Chandra took exposures of the gas giant. The purpose of the Chandra observations is to study the powerful X-ray auroras observed near the poles of Jupiter.