This is what happened when the Hubble Telescope stared at a section of the dark night sky for 11 days. The area you see is one thirteen-millionth of the total sky. In that tiny bit of the heavens you're looking at, we found over 10,000 galaxies. Each galaxy has between ten million and 100 trillion stars. However small you think you are, you cannot imagine how much smaller you actually are.
Fantastic shapes lurk in clouds of glowing hydrogen gas in NGC 6188, about 4,000 light-years away. The emission nebula is found near the edge of a large molecular cloud unseen at visible wavelengths, in the southern constellation Ara.
The Cheeseburger Nebula (NGC 7026) is a very bright bipolar planetary nebula of a little over one light-year across at its longest dimension, located about 6,000 light-years away in the constellation of Cygnus (The Swan).
Bright spiral galaxy NGC 3169 appears to be unraveling in this cosmic scene, played out some 70 million light-years away just below bright star Regulus toward the faint constellation Sextans. Its beautiful spiral arms are distorted into sweeping tidal tails as NGC 3169 (left) and neighboring NGC 3166 interact gravitationally, a common fate even for bright galaxies in the local universe.
Nearby and bright, spiral galaxies M65 (top) and M66 stand out in this surreal cosmic snapshot. The pair are just 35 million light-years distant and around 100,000 light-years across, about the size of our own spiral Milky Way.
Wispy Supernova Remnants Photograph courtesy NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team This Hubble Space Telescope image offers an intimate view of supernova Cassiopeia A's frayed remains. This spherical object is the youngest supernova remnant found to date within the Milky Way. This image is a mosaic of 18 separate images taken by Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS).
Supergiant star Gamma Cygni lies at the center of the Northern Cross, a famous asterism in the constellation of the Swan (Cygnus). Known by the proper name Sadr, the bright star also lies at the center of this gorgeous skyscape, featuring a complex of stars, dust clouds, and glowing nebulae along the plane of our Milky Way galaxy.