|The Hubble Deep Field picture.|
The hubble deep field picture shows only 1/88,000,000 of the visible night sky and yet you are looking right here at thousands of galaxies each containing hundreds of billions of stars. This to me is the most beautiful and significant picture ever taken by mankind.
|A ring galaxy or galaxies.|
Scientists are not sure yet if this visible light picture of a ring galaxy is in fact one or two galaxies but either way it is a spectacular picture.
It is a starburst galaxy, about 80 million light-years from Earth, in which particularly intense star formation is taking place. The starburst is thought to be caused by gravitational interactions with neighboring galaxies, including NGC 4668, visible to the lower left. A combination of supernova explosions and strong winds from massive stars in the starburst region drives a vast outflow of gas from the galaxy into space — a so-called “superwind”.
|A supernova with the material being consumed by nearby stars.|
|The Hourglass nebula.|
The universe is a beautiful place. I will try and post some more pictures of it in a timely manner.