NASA’s Perseverance rover provides a razor-sharp mosaic showing its view across the floor of Jezero Crater, including remnants of a delta where water once flowed into a broad lake that may have provided a habitable environment for microbial life.
ESO’s Very Large Telescope captures NGC 2035 in the Large Magellanic Cloud where hot young stars are forming in a stellar nursery shaped like a dragon’s head. At the other extreme: the remnants of a supernova blast.
Vast clouds of gas and dust shrouding the luminous blue variable star AG Carinae are revealed in all their subtle glory in new views from the Hubble Space Telescope that reprise the observatory’s 21st anniversary image.
The spiral arms of galaxy NGC 4603 are home to multiple Cepheid variable stars, “standard candles” that helped astronomers pin down the age of the universe in one of the Hubble Space Telescope’s first major projects.
An X-ray outburst from a binary black hole system creates spectacular “light echoes” as the radiation bounces off intervening dust clouds, shedding light on the hole’s activity and the nature of the smoke-like dust grains.
The Perseverance Mars rover’s cameras capture the stark, desert-like beauty of Jezero Crater where a now-vanished lake once sparkled and where traces of ancient microbial life may preserved in lakebed sediments.