No, this isn't modern art, it really is a photograph. This observation was beamed to Earth by the Hubble Space Telescope and operators suspect the on board attitude control system, that uses fixed stars in the sky to orientate the telescope, locked onto a bad target (such as a variable or binary star). The result is a complex tangle of star trails. The bold red trails were created by stars in the globular cluster NGC 288.
Mars is frequently hit by meteorites, as this fresh 30 meter-wide impact crater shows. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter used its suite of cameras to determine the red planet was hit some time between 2010 and 2012.
This week was a big week for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity. Blocking its path to a smooth route to its next science target, the one-ton rover had to drive over a 1 meter-high dune bridging a small valley called "Dingo Gap," a feat it completed on Thursday with ease.
Curiosity put us all in our place this week after taking this subtle, yet incredible photo of our planet from Mars. It isn't bigger than a speck in the twilight sky over Gale Crater.
This newly released image of the galaxy Centaurus A was made possible by multiple observation campaigns by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory from 1999 to 2012. Jets blasting from the central supermassive black hole shine bright.
Saturn's north polar hexagon -- created by a high-altitude jetstream -- dazzles in this recent image snapped by NASA's Cassini Solstice mission.
Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata on board the International Space Station took some time out of his busy schedule on Feb. 1 to post this stunning photo of a crescent moon hanging above the colorful atmosphere of Earth.
On Feb. 6, NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio captured this stunning shot of the contrail of the Ariane 5 rocket that launched from French Guiana.
Radiation and winds from massive stars have blown a cavity into the surrounding dust and gas, creating the Trifid nebula, as seen here in infrared light by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.
Rivers used to flow on Mars as is evident in this High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) photo. The ancient rivers created riverbeds that became resistant to erosion, so long after the rivers ran dry, they left meandering ridges where water used to flow.