Pillars of metallic dust in the Tarantula Nebula, an H II region in the Large Magellanic Cloud. It was originally thought to be a star, but in 1751 Nicolas Louis de Lacaille recognized its nebular nature.
This image from Nasa's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a stellar nursery containing thousand of young stars & developing protostars near the sword of the constellation Orion. I heart the Spitzer space telescope.
The Ghost Nebula, spanning two light-years, and 2000 light-years distant from Earth. Credit: Hubble Heritage Team As I'm still working on the lovely star-blessed tsentr, Neala, I found this to be most inspiring.
IC 1396 - Elephant's Trunk nebula is a concentration of interstellar gas and dust in the star cluster IC 1396 and ionized gas region located in the constellation Cepheus about light years away from Earth. The Elephant Trunk nebula is now thought to b