These were runners-up in the NASA Hubble’s Hidden Treasures contest that asked amateurs to pick though their giant archive of unused imagery for overlooked gems. You can see the winners and the rest of the runners-up here.
What might look like a giant nebula or a distant galaxy at first glance, is in reality the glowing ends of a fibre glass lamp.
The images were created by taking long-time exposures of several fibre glass lamps (exactly, those ugly-looking lamps, that were extremely popular in the 90`s) moving around in a darkened room. Afterwards, severeal images were multiplied in photoshop to achieve the density of such a structure.
What I personally like about this project is how you can create an illusionist space with such simple means, that are familiar to everybody.
Blooming Iris by T. A. Rector/UAA, H. Schweiker/WIYN, and NOAO/NSF
Spring flowers are blooming—even in space. This recently released picture shows NGC 7023, also called the Iris nebula for its floral appearance, as seen from Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona.
The cosmic flower is actually what’s known as a reflection nebula. The interstellar cloud of dust and gas glows not because its material is being heated, but because it’s reflecting light from nearby stars.
For instance, the bright glow in the middle of the nebula comes from a hot, massive star that gives off blue light, which then gets scattered by dust, lending the nebula its distinctive color.
Shadowplay NYC is a design duo that turns galaxies into garments. Each piece of fabric used in their creations is custom printed with images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. You can find their cosmic creations for purchase in their Etsy store.
Carina Nebula revealed in all its glory: The European Southern Observatory has released the most detailed infrared image of the Carina Nebula ever created.
The newly released image was constructed from a mosaic of hundreds of individual pictures from the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT). It is the most comprehensive image of the Carina Nebula ever produced using infrared wavelengths of light.
In one of the most detailed astronomical images ever produced, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured an unprecedented look at the Orion Nebula. … This extensive study took 105 Hubble orbits to complete. All imaging instruments aboard the telescope were used simultaneously to study Orion.