Star Struck! Dazzling Collection of Hubble Telescope Photos Captures Countless Swirling Stars as They Sparkle in Space
2012-12-31 by Diana fka Desi Foxx
By Helen Pow – PUBLISHED: 00:46 EST, 30 Dec 2012 | UPDATED: 06:51 EST, 30 Dec 2012
Gazing into the sky on a clear night is a favorite pastime of many. And a collection of dazzling photographs released this year by NASA makes it easy to see why. The stunning images, primarily captured by the agency’s Hubble Space Telescope, show swirling palettes of colored gas, dust and countless stars as they sparkle in space.
Many of the visually spectacular formations are the result of cosmic collisions – where a smaller galaxy plunges right through the heart of a larger one, shooting out the other side. As the traveling galaxy passes through the center of its bigger neighbor, it sets up gravitational ripples that disrupt red and blue clouds of gas and dust and trigger the formation of new stars.
Hot stars: Peering deep inside the hub of the neighboring Andromeda galaxy, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered a large, rare population of around 8,000 hot, bright stars.
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Supernova: A new photo of Eta Carinae system’s largest star suffering a near-death experience before it goes supernova in the near future. The star is once more visible to the naked eye at night, although it’s nowhere near as bright as it was back in the 19th century.
Dying star: A photo of U Camelopardalis, a star nearing the end of its life located in the constellation of Camelopardalis.Hot gas: 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.
Drifter: Two very different galaxies are drifting through space together in this image. The peculiar galaxy pair is called Arp 116 which is composed of a giant elliptical galaxy known as Messier 60 or M60 (C) and a much smaller spiral galaxy, NGC 4647 (upper right)
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