Best New Space Pictures: Witch Head, Elephant Trunk, and Eye Of God

A picture of a ghoulishly-green view of the Witch Head Nebula.
Witch Head Screaming
Photograph courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech
The Witch Head Nebula, named after the Wizard of Oz’s green-faced villain, streams billowy clouds of newborn stars from its “hair,” in this recently released view from NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE).
Several hundred light-years away, in the constellation Orion the Hunter, the nebula brews up young stars from gas clouds illuminated by starlight.

A picture of stellar winds colliding with cool gas clouds to birth young stars, seen here in the Elephant Trunk Nebula.

 Elephant Trunk Grasps Stars

Photograph courtesy NASA/CXC/PSU/Getman et al, DSS, NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Elephant Trunk Nebula, officially named IC 1396A, swings amid a collection of young stars, seen in this just released archival image from NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory.

Chandra astronomers combined their observatory’s x-ray view of the nebula with visible light and infrared images to reveal the cloud’s complete shape.

Nearly 3,000 light-years away, the nebula spans a region of the sky roughly ten times the width of the full moon. Published November 1, 2013

A picture of the remnants of an exploded star, the Eye of God Nebula, gazing straight back at sky-watchers.

Eye of God Gleams in Aquarius

Photograph by Fred Herrmann, National Geographic Your Shot

The unwinking eye of the Helix Nebula, or Eye of God, burns brightly in this striking October 29 photograph submitted to National Geographic’s Your Shot.

The eye is actually a sphere of exploded gas and dust seen sideways, one that was expelled from a dying star some 700 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius the Ram.

The nebula glows with the light of the small white-dwarf star left of center, all that remains of a star once the size of our own sun.

Published November 1, 2013

Sonia Cortes

Chose these pictures because space really interest me. I thought it would be fun to
show the class all the interesting colors and different images and art that is out in
space. T of his is truly a different way of looking at photography and must take a lot
of time and patience to capture these images.

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