A huge cluster of 3,000 stars

Gum 29 is a turbulent region of star formation, and is also home to Westerlund 2, a massive star cluster containing about 3,000 stars.

Using near-infrared observations, the Hubble Space Telescope was able to penetrate the obscuring dust covering this stellar nursery. These observations provided astronomers with a clear view of the nebula and the dense concentration of stars within the central cluster. (Photo: NASA)

The giant red nebula and its smaller blue neighbor

NGC 2014 and NGC 2020, collectively known as the Cosmic Reef, are captured in this stunning image taken with the Hubble Space Telescope. This picture shows the enormous impact newly formed, massive stars have on their surroundings.

The large, reddish nebula, NGC 2014, and its smaller, blueish companion, NGC 2020, belong to a broad region of active star formation within the Large Magellanic Cloud. (Photo: NASA)


M16 or the Pillars of Creation in visible light

The Hubble Space Telescope has once again captured the awe-inspiring “Pillars of Creation” within the Eagle Nebula, also known as M16. These massive structures made of gas and dust stretch for light-years across the universe. Hidden within their towering peaks, new stars are being born, changing the celestial landscape forever.

These pillars first gained worldwide recognition after the initial image was taken by Hubble using its Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 in 1995. (Photo: NASA)

​Butterfly Nebula combination of UV rays

NGC 6302, also known as the Butterfly Nebula or Caldwell 69, has been captured in a stunning image by the Hubble Space Telescope.

This image is created by combining ultraviolet, visible and infrared observations taken in 2019 and 2020, revealing the intricate details of this celestial wonder. (Photo: NASA)

Glowing with the light of millions of newly formed young stars.

NGC 1569, also known as the Starburst Galaxy, is a remarkable celestial object that shines brilliantly with the glow of countless newborn stars. This galaxy is undergoing an extraordinary period of star formation, with new stars forming at an astonishing rate that is 100 times faster than our own galaxy. This abundant star formation activity has been going on for about 100 million years, making NGC 1569 a fascinating subject for astronomical study. (Photo: NASA)

Fragments of a colorful supernova remnant

In this striking image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, the remains of a once-mighty star are displayed in a breathtaking array of colors and shapes. The supernova remnant, known as DEM L 190, is evidence of the violent destruction of a massive star that once resided in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small satellite galaxy of our own Milky Way. (Photo: NASA)

The young planetary nebula is located about 8,000 light-years away

The newborn planetary nebula MyCn18, located about 8,000 light-years from Earth, is shown in this image taken by the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) on the Hubble Space Telescope.

This image shows MyCn18's true form as an hourglass, with an intricate series of “carvings” adorning its walls. (Photo: NASA)


The star is about to explode, but nobody knows when

Eta Carinae, a giant star, is on the verge of potential cosmic catastrophe. Its enormous size, estimated at about 100 solar masses, makes it a prime suspect for a spectacular supernova event. However, the exact timing of this stellar explosion remains uncertain, with predictions ranging from the immediate future to tens of millions of years from now. (Photo: NASA)