Moon Meets Morning Star (Aug 24 2012) Image Credit & Copyright: Kwon, O Chul (TWAN) Explanation: Rising in the dark hours before dawn, wandering Venus now shines as the brilliant morning star. Its close conjunction with the Moon on August 13 was appreciated around planet Earth. But skygazers in eastern Asia were also treated to a lunar occultation, the waning crescent Moon passing directly in front of the bright planet in still dark skies. #astronomy
IRAS 14568-6304, The young star is a particularly spectacular sight since it has a protostellar jet. This tail-like formation beneath the star is composed of remnants of gas and dust from the parent cloud that gave birth to the star. | Image credit: NASA/Hubble.
The two loop-like structures, identified in this Hubble image from five years ago, have taught us a tremendous amount about the final life stages of a pre-supernova star. Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA
NGC 6357: Cathedral to Massive Stars Image Credit: NASA, ESA and Jesús Maíz Apellániz (IAA, Spain) Explanation: How massive can a normal star be? Estimates made from distance, brightness and standard solar models had given one star in the open cluster Pismis 24 over 200 times the mass of our Sun, nearly making it the record holder.