From faraway planets, to exploding stars, to twisting, colorful galaxies, NASA's space images often look more like works of art than scientific research.
This week, the Agency has come out with some pretty incredible shots. The elusive Jellyfish Nebula with its dangling 'tentacles,' the Flaming Star Nebula with its massive smoke trails, and a close-up view of one of Saturn's icy moons are all among the most incredible space images this week.
Check out the slideshow below to see some of NASA's best space photos.
This infrared close-up of the Orion Nebula shows dense hot gas clouds (in blue) released during the formation of a star, and trailed by yellow cone-shaped jets of hydrogen gas. The image was captured by the Gemini South telescope in Chile.
The Jellyfish Nebula is seen here in red left of center, dangling its "tentacles." Part of the larger supernova remnant IC 443, the nebula is roughly 5,000 light years from Earth.
Grand Spiral Galaxy
This face-on view of the galaxy NGC 7424 with its winding arms shows the bright clusters of many young stars being formed. The galaxy is about 40 million light-years away in the constellation Grus.
Flaming Star Nebula
The star AE Aurigae (bright blue in the center), also called the flaming star, is surrounded by the Flaming Star Nebula. The 'smoke' is mostly interstellar hydrogen, but the nebula does contain smoke-like dark filaments of carbon-rich dust grains.
Dark Tower In Scorpius
This cometary globule in the constellation Scorpius, extending from the lower right to the left above center, is shaped by intense ultraviolet radiation from very hot stars. For some, it evokes the image of an ominous dark tower.
One of Saturn's small, icy moons, Helene, is is seen here in a photo constructed from two Cassini photos. The images were captured during a close flyby in 2011.
The Fornax cluster, named for the southern constellation in which most of its galaxies can be found, is still evolving. The image was taken from Warrumbungle Observatory in Australia.
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