Take a moment to enjoy this week’s mind-blowing space images courtesy of the Hubble Heritage, ESA, and NASA.
The Red Spider Nebula, 3000 light years away in the constellation Sagittarius.
This celestial object looks like the spread wings of a butterfly formed thanks to super-heated cauldrons of gas, with temperatures reaching nearly 24,000 degrees Celsius, tearing across space at roughly 950,000 kilometers per hour.
Planetary nebula is ejected from sun-like stars when they reach the end of their lifespans. What makes NGC 2346 unique is that its central star is actually a pair of stars in close proximity orbiting each other every 16 days.
This flocculent spiral galaxy, called NGC 2841, is distinguished by its short spiral arms as opposed to the prominent and well-defined ‘galactic limbs’ seen in most spiral galaxies.