The Universe is a Beautiful Place

Or at least it’s very pretty. These are new pictures from the refurbished Hubble Space Telescope:


NGC 6302 is a “planetary nebula”, material ejected from an aging star in our Milky Way galaxy; Omega Centauri is a globular cluster, a dense agglomeration of stars on the outskirts of the galaxy; the Carina Nebula is the dusty shroud of a star-formin region; and Stephan’s Quintet is a group of galaxies — the reddish-yellow four of them are bound together, interacting via gravity and gas.