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NASA ESA Hubble Space Telescope Inside Orion Nebula
When the NASA / ESA Hubble Space Telescope isn’t capturing nebulas going haywire, it provides us with a mesmerizing look inside the Orion Nebula. More specifically, the colorful region in the Orion Nebula surrounding the Herbig-Haro object HH 505. The outflows you see around HH 505 originate from the star IX Ori, which lies on the outskirts of the Orion Nebula around 1,000 light-years from Earth.

Giant Magellan Telescope Funding JWST
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured some fascinating images over the past three decades, but the Giant Magellan Telescope is ready to take over its reigns in the near future, right alongside the JWST. The telescope has just received a $205 million investment from its international consortium to accelerate construction, marking one of the largest funding rounds since its founding.

European Space Agency Messier 61 Starburst Galaxy NGC 4303
The European Space Agency (ESA) recently imaged Messier 61, a spiral starburst galaxy and one of the largest galactic members of the Virgo Cluster. It’s known as a starburst galaxy because it has an unusually high amount of stars being born, allowing astronomers to use it as a laboratory to better understand the mesmerizing phenomena of star formation.

James Webb Space Telescope JWST Earendel Oldest Most Distant Star
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has captured Earendel, the oldest and most distant star observed yet in the universe. This star is actually named after a character in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” prequel “The Silmarillion,” was found in a Hubble image with gravitational lensing. The light from this star took 12.9 billion light-years to reach Earth and requires an extremely powerful telescope to detect.

Atacama Large Millimeter Array Tarantula Nebula
Astronomers at the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) observed the star-forming region of 30 Doradus, better known as the Tarantula Nebula. It’s located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our own Milky Way, approximately 170 000 light-years away from Earth. Peer into its heart, and you’ll discover some of the most massive stars known, a few with more than 150 times the mass of our Sun.

James Webb Space Telescope Cartwheel Galaxy NASA
Aside from targeting super-Earths, the James Webb Space Telescope is busy capturing never before observed galaxies, like the Cartwheel Galaxy, which lies 500 million light-years away from Earth in the Sculptor constellation. Its shape resembles that of a wagon wheel and is actually the result of a high-speed collision between a large spiral galaxy and a smaller galaxy not visible here.