Space is awesome: TGM’s picks for space images of the week – 5/9/2014

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(Featured image: The Helix Nebula: A gaseous envelope expelled by a dying star)

Take a moment to enjoy our picks for the best space images of the week, courtesy of the Hubble Heritage, ESA, and NASA.

This is the sharpest wide-angle view ever obtained of the 'starburst' galaxy Messier 82, known for its shredded clouds and flame-like plumes

This is the sharpest wide-angle view ever obtained of the ‘starburst’ galaxy Messier 82, known for its shredded clouds and flame-like plumes

Known as the Small Magellanic Cloud, this satellite galaxy to our Milky Way contains a brilliant star cluster in the center, called NGC 346

Known as the Small Magellanic Cloud, this satellite galaxy to our Milky Way contains a brilliant star cluster in the center, called NGC 346

This oddly shaped galaxy known as M 106, is considered to be relatively nearby, just over 20 million light years away

This oddly shaped galaxy known as M 106 is just over 20 million light years away

This incredible Hubble image captured one of the most perfect geometrical forms ever seen in space, showing the formation of an unusual pre-planetary nebula

This incredible Hubble image captured one of the most perfect geometrical forms ever seen in space, showing the formation of an unusual pre-planetary nebula

Hubble image of NGC 7049 in the constellation of Indus, in the southern sky. A family of globular clusters appears as glittering spots dusted around the galaxy halo.

Hubble image of NGC 7049 in the constellation of Indus, showing a family of globular clusters appearing as glittering spots dusted around the galaxy halo.

 

 

 

 

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