Vast bubbles of ionised hydrogen gas are illuminated by hot young stars in gargantuan stellar nurseries like this one in the nearby Large Magellanic Cloud. This complex assembly of bubbles is host to a wide variety of objects, including one massive stellar object emitting a 33-lightyear-long jet.
A supernova remnant in the Large Magellanic cloud, imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2006, shows the spectacular aftermath of a supernova blast, generating a cloud of debris expanding at 18 million kilometres per hour (11 million mph).
The European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope captured a dramatic view of the colourful clouds of gas blown away from a red giant in the process of becoming a compact, slowly-cooling dwarf star.
NASA’s Juno spacecraft continues capturing stunning view of Jupiter and its turbulent atmosphere, including this spectacular shot of the Great Red Spot and a small companion storm in the planet’s southern hemisphere.
NGC 6946, nicknamed the “Fireworks Galaxy,” presents a dazzling spectacle in the northern sky between the constellations Cygnus and Cepheus as viewed by the Hubble Space Telescope and Japan’s Subaru Telescope in Hawaii.
The Helix Nebula is a familiar target to amateur astronomers, a dim, eyepiece-filling doughnut that belies the complexity revealed by spectacular images from the Hubble Space Telescope and other sensitive instruments.