A reflection nebula is an interstellar dust cloud that is reflecting light from a nearby star. In this case, a young star is lighting up IC2631 and is shown by this great image from the ESO.
A newly formed star lights up the surrounding cosmic clouds in this image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. Dust particles in the vast clouds that surround the star HD 97300 diffuse its light, like a car headlight in enveloping fog, and create the reflection nebula IC 2631. Although HD 97300 is in the spotlight for now, the very dust that makes it so hard to miss heralds the birth of additional, potentially scene-stealing, future stars.
Tim Peake captured this photo of the Texas A&M AggieSat4 and the Texas University BEVO-2 sats being released from the robotic arm in Japan’s Kibo Laboratory on 29 Jan 2016. Each of the sats were built by the students in the respective schools.
Another of Curiosity selfie, this one combines 57 images taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera at the end of Curiosity’s arm on Jan. 19. The image was taken in part of the Bagnold Dune Field, which lines the northwestern flank of Mars’ Mount Sharp.
Earth is surrounded by electrons that can be disruptive to our technology. NASA is using high-altitude balloons and spacecraft to monitor and understand these particles in the radiation belts surrounding our planet.
This image of “Rosetta’s Comet” by Paolo Bacci from San Marcello Pistoiese gives us a nice perspective on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It’s almost hard to believe it is the same comet as we see below from Rosetta’s NAVCAM.
Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0
Hat tip: Epic Cosmos