22 January 2013, 12:49 AM ET
This new image of Centaurus A combines ALMA and near-infrared observations of the massive elliptical radio galaxy.
20 January 2013, 06:07 PM ET
On Sol 84 (Oct. 31, 2012), NASA's Curiosity rover used the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) to capture this set of 55 high-resolution images, which were stitched together to create this full-color self-portrait.
20 January 2013, 05:47 PM ET
The "Dumbbell nebula," also known as Messier 27, pumps out infrared light in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
18 January 2013, 12:10 AM ET
This visible-light view of the sky highlights the bright M17 nebula, as well as the glowing hot gas filling the "bubble" to its left.
17 January 2013, 04:53 AM ET
This enormous section of the Milky Way galaxy is a mosaic of images from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.
16 January 2013, 12:19 AM ET
This view of the Orion nebula highlights fledgling stars hidden in the gas and clouds. It shows infrared observations taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the European Space Agency's Herschel mission, in which NASA plays an important role.
14 January 2013, 10:53 PM ET
The spectacular star-forming Carina Nebula has been captured in great detail by the VLT Survey Telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory.
14 January 2013, 02:39 AM ET
This photograph shows an unusual sky field in the Milky Way band. It is centered on one of the classical, dark globules, known as Barnard 68 (B68).
14 January 2013, 01:41 AM ET
This glowing emerald nebula seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is reminiscent of the glowing ring wielded by the superhero Green Lantern.
12 January 2013, 12:14 AM ET
The Chandra Deep Field South, observed in the U-, B-, and R-bands with ESO''s VIMOS and WFI instruments.
10 January 2013, 05:21 PM ET
A ribbon of gas, a very thin section of a supernova remnant caused by a stellar explosion that occurred more than 1,000 years ago, floats in our galaxy.
09 January 2013, 02:41 PM ET
The central region of the Orion Nebula (M42, NGC 1976) as seen in the near-infrared by the High Acuity Wide field K-band Imager (HAWK-I) instrument at ESO's Very Large Telescope at Paranal.
08 January 2013, 05:09 PM ET
Colour composite image of the central part of the stellar cluster RCW 38, around the young, massive star IRS2, taken with the NACO adaptive optics instrument attached to ESO's Very Large Telescope.
07 January 2013, 05:30 PM ET
Part of the constellation Scorpius centred on NGC 6357 which has star cluster Pismis 24 in its centre. This image is a colour composite taken by the Digitized Sky Survey (DSS), the field of view is 3.8x3.3 degrees.
05 January 2013, 04:58 PM ET
NGC 520 — also known as Arp 157 — looks like a galaxy in the midst of exploding.
05 January 2013, 03:52 PM ET
Three-colour image of SCR1845-6357AB generated from the SDI filter images (blue=1.575 micron, green=1.600 micron, red=1.625 micron).
04 January 2013, 10:13 PM ET
Below the trails left by the stars in a dark and clear night, a laser beam shoots out of Yepun, the fourth Unit Telescope of Europe’s flagship observatory, ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT).
03 January 2013, 04:13 PM ET
The green and blue regions show where the atmosphere is clear, allowing sunlight to penetrate deep into Uranus. In the yellow and gray regions, a haze or cloud layer is reflecting sunlight away.
02 January 2013, 10:59 PM ET
The nearby star-forming region around the star R Coronae Australis imaged by the Wide Field Imager (WFI) on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile.
02 January 2013, 10:43 PM ET
This artist’s impression depicts the newly discovered stellar-mass black hole in the spiral galaxy NGC 300.
01 January 2013, 02:55 PM ET
This Envisat image shows the island of Elba off Italy’s north western coast.
31 December 2012, 01:50 PM ET
This view of the dark cloud B68, a so-called Bok globule, is a false-colour composite based on a visible (here rendered as blue), a near-infrared (green) and an infrared (red) image.
29 December 2012, 06:38 PM ET
Planck has discovered a bridge of hot gas that connects galaxy clusters Abell 399 (lower centre) and Abell 401 (top left).
28 December 2012, 10:29 PM ET
The 15-metre Swedish-ESO Submillimeter Telescope (SEST) at ESO's La Silla observing site in the southern part of the Atacama desert of Chile.
27 December 2012, 08:58 PM ET
The many "personalities" of our great galactic neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy, are exposed in this new composite image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer and the Spitzer Space Telescope.
27 December 2012, 05:20 PM ET
Located in the direction of the constellation Dorado in the Large Magellanic Cloud, the resplendent object known as NGC 2060 is the aftermath of a supernova.
26 December 2012, 05:08 PM ET
The Kangerdlugssuaq glacier and its ice stream are pictured in this week’s image, acquired on Sept. 19, 2012 by Landsat-7.
25 December 2012, 12:47 AM ET
This striking new image, taken with the powerful HAWK-I infrared camera on ESO’s Very Large Telescope at Paranal Observatory in Chile, shows NGC 1365.
25 December 2012, 12:37 AM ET
The Tibesti Mountains, located mostly in Chad with the northern slopes extending into Libya, are captured in this image, acquired on March 4, 2012 by Envisat’s MERIS instrument.
23 December 2012, 09:40 PM ET
The central parts of the starburst galaxy NGC 1313. The very active state of this galaxy is very evident from the image, showing many star formation regions.
23 December 2012, 09:30 PM ET
This is an almost-true colour composite based on images made with the multi-mode VIMOS instrument on the 8.2-m Melipal (Unit Telescope 3) of ESO's Very Large Telescope.
23 December 2012, 09:17 PM ET
IC 5148 is a beautiful planetary nebula located some 3000 light-years away in the constellation of Grus (The Crane).