The globular cluster M13 in Hercules is a favorite target for amateur astronomers and professionals alike, a vast concentration of stars easily visible in binoculars and even to the unaided eye on clear, dark nights. But through a telescope, M13 turns into a glimmering metropolis of more than 100,000 suns, one of the brightest and best-known globular clusters in the northern sky. Now rising in the early evening sky for viewers in the northern hemisphere, M13 offers an especially beautiful sight when imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope. This view is a composite of archival data collected in 1999, 2000, 2005 and 2006 with the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 and the Advanced Camera for Surveys.
In this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image, we see a young star breaking out. The golden veil of light cloaks a young stellar object known only as IRAS 14568-6304 in the Circinus molecular cloud complex. This stellar newborn is ejecting gas at supersonic speeds and eventually will have cleared a hole in the cloud, allowing it to be easily visible to the outside universe.
This colourful and star-studded view of the Milky Way galaxy was captured when the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope pointed its cameras towards the constellation of Sagittarius. Blue stars can be seen scattered across the frame, set against a distant backdrop of red-hued cosmic companions. This blue litter most likely formed at the same time from the same collapsing molecular cloud.