NASA Publishes Jaw-Dropping Images of The Universe

Nature always has new tricks up its sleeves, and space agencies like NASA, the ESA, JAXA, or Roscosmos are always willing to prove it to us. It’s now the American space agency’s turn to delight our views with the wonders of the Cosmos.

Thanks to NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, once again we’ll be forced to realize how tiny and fragile we all are in the Cosmos. But we’re also privileged to be part of the intelligent race of life forms that created ultra-advanced tools for studying the wonders of the majesty of creation that’s unfolding right before our eyes:

Eta Carinae

As NASA says, this is a volatile system that contains two massive stars that closely orbit each other.

Helix Nebula

X-ray: NASA/CXC; Ultraviolet: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSC; Optical: NASA/STScI(M. Meixner)/ESA/NRAO(T.A. Rector); Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech/K. Su

Located at 694.7 light-years away from Earth, this beauty is a planetary nebula from the constellation Aquarius. Helix Nebula was discovered by Karl Ludwig Harding in the 19th century. This cosmic object is one of the closest to our Earth from all of the bright planetary nebulae known.

Abell 2744

NASA/CXC; Optical: NASA/STScI

Abell 2744 (aka Pandora’s Cluster) is a giant galaxy cluster that consists of at least four smaller galaxy clusters. The final image was obtained by using data from both Chandra and Hubble telescopes.

Cartwheel Galaxy

X-ray: NASA/CXC; Optical: NASA/STScI

Words are worthless when trying to describe this beauty. This galaxy was discovered in 1941, and it’s located at a staggering distance from Earth: 489.2 million light-years.

Hopefully, one day NASA or any other space agency will possess the right technology in order to send humans to some of the astonishing structures showcased above. Science evolves at a staggering pace – for instance, astronomers weren’t sure until a quarter of a century ago if exoplanets exist (planets from other solar systems). But as for 2020, there are over 4,000 discovered exoplanets in the Universe.

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