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This nebula was made famous by the Hubble Space Telescope's image, which has been called 'the Pillars of Creation'. It shows gigantic columns of gas and dust, inside of which new stars are forming. The HST image was in false colour. This shows a clos...
Keywords: Eagle Nebula, nebula, star
Distance to Orion
We see the constellation of Orion as just a 2D projection on the night sky, and it is easy to imagine that all the stars are at the same distance from us. But, as this schematic shows, this is not true. The closest star, Bellatrix, is around 240 ligh...
Keywords: Orion, star, nebula, diagram, Earth
An artist's impression of a hypothetical Earth-type planet in the vicinity of Barnard 33, also known as. the Horsehead Nebula because, well, it looks like a horse's head. At least that's what people claim. So what you're seeing here is a cloud of gas...
Keywords: nebula, Horsehead nebula, landscape, satellite, traditional art, exoplanet
This is an impression of the star factory popularly known as the Trifid nebula (M20 or NGC 6514), in Sagittarius. The red gas is being made to glow by the presence of new stars forming within it, and the dark bits are drifts of interstellar dust that...
Keywords: Trifid, nebula, star, planet, exoplanet
Birth of the Solar System
What you see here is an impression of our Solar System forming, from the initial supernova that started the contraction of a gas cloud. As the cloud collapses and spins, it gets flatter. Soon, pieces of material in the disc begin to lump together (ac...
Keywords: solar nebula, formation, accretion, planetoid, planetesimal, Sun
A giant star, reaching the inevitable end of its fuel supply, explodes in a tremendous explosion – brighter than a hundred billion stars – called a supernova. The force from the blast throws the remains of the star deep into space, where they wil...
Keywords: supernova, planet, satellite, star, exoplanet, terrestrial planet, nebula
Solar System Formation
Here, I show the early Solar System – well, not necessarily our solar system. Gas and dust has lumped together to form asteroid-sized planetesimals, and these will then come together to form the larger bodies astronomers call planetoids. Soon, the ...
Keywords: formation, accretion, planetesimal, solar nebula
Titan, which is 50% bigger than our own Moon, was the subject of the Huygens probe in 2004, glimpsed at the end of this clip. It is the only known moon with a substantial atmosphere (of molecular nitrogen, as on Earth), but it is far, far colder than...
Keywords: active galactic nucleus, jets, black hole, nebula
In the Line of Fire
This work was completed in 3DS Max, with Photoshop being used to create the landscape of Triton by enhancing pre-existing NASA imagery.
Keywords: supernova, planet, star, terrestrial planet, nebula
So you thought your fridge magnet was pretty neat. You obviously haven't met the most powerful magnet known to man. Magnetars are neutron stars, left over from the death of a giant star. Their density and rapid rotation (several times per second) eno...
Keywords: neutron star, star, magnetar, magnetic, pulsar, nebula