There is incredible magic happening in our galaxy. This amazing nebula was discovered by William Herschel's sister, Caroline Herschel in 1787. To her it appeared to look like a medieval sorcerer conjuring up a magical potion in the stars.
The Hubble Space Telescope has wowed us again, this time with an image of a galactic dance between two galaxies. As the pair get closer to each other their original shapes are stretched and pulled promoting imagination and wonder to all who view them. Some have said they look like a penguin or hummingbird. What do you see?
The Kepler Team announced last week that they have found 503 new planet candidates to add to the growing list of alien planets found. This now means there are potentially 3,216 planets outside our solar system that we know about. Some of the candidates are small and in the habitable zone of their star. Although the Kepler spacecraft remains in its Point Rest State, scientist and citizens still have years of data to sift through. Before the launch of Kepler on March 7, 2009, only a few handfulls of planet candidates had been detected. Now the number has exploded into thousands of alien worlds. Each one of them keeping us on the front of our seat for what they will find next!
Just in time for the holidays! East of Orion lies a heavenly garden with extraordinary wonders andorned in cosmic lights. In this wide field mosaic by David Lindemann we are treated to an incredibly detailed view of the Rosette and Cone Nebula. Both are found in the constellation of the Unicorn (Monoceros) and can be viewed through a small telescope on dark winter and early spring nights.
Resting about 200,000 light-years away from our own Milky Way galaxy are two smaller galaxies teaming with millions of stars. They are the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds and can only be seen in the Southern Hemisphere as the trail beside the Milky Way. Now astronomers have the best most detailed ultraviolet light surveys ever thanks to NASA's Swift satellite.
If we have been searching for planets and life around stars outside our solar system, why haven't we found any around our nearest neighbor, Proxima Centauri? Attempts to find planets there before have failed but now in the next few years the Hubble Space Telescope will have a rare oppurtunity to seek out nearby alien worlds!
Over the weekend sky gazers were treated to an enormous full super moon and three planets dancing in the night sky. Even non-space enthusiast stop and pointed in wonder at the huge orange moon rising on the horizon.
A true Stellar Eye, the Ring Nebula has amazed us for years and seems as if the universe is looking back at us as we gaze at it. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced the most detailed observations ever of the Ring Nebula (Messier 57). This image reveals intricate structure only hinted at in previous observations, and has allowed scientists to construct a model of the nebula in 3D — showing the true shape of this striking object.