(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
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 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
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.