NASA’s Cassini spacecraft successfully completed its Oct. 1, 2011 flyby of Saturn’s moon Enceladus and its jets of water vapor and ice.
30 Doradus, the Tarantula Nebula containing around 2,400 massive stars
Neutron stars are so dense, that a soup can full of neutron star material would have more mass than the Moon.
NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer observed the star-forming cloud NGC 281 in the constellation of Cassiopeia as it appears to be chomping through the cosmos. Earning the nickname ”Pacman”
The oldest documented example of a supernova, called RCW 86.
A bubbling cauldron of star birth is highlighted in this image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope.
Dusty Space Cloud
This image shows the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy in infrared light as seen by ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory and NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope.
NASA’s Kepler mission has discovered the first Earth-size planets orbiting a sun-like star outside our solar system. The planets, called Kepler-20e and Kepler-20f, are too close to their star to be in the so-called habitable zone where liquid water could exist on a planet’s surface, but they are the smallest exoplanets ever confirmed around a star like our sun.