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Capture the cosmos > Stellar evolution

Online adventures, pictures, answers, and more

on stars and stellar evolution:

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Veil Nebula lithograph preview

Veil Nebula

Stellar explosion unveils wisps of glowing gas.

Star cluster Westerlund 2 lithograph preview

Star Cluster Westerlund 2

This glittering celestial fireworks display celebrates Hubble's 25th anniversary!

Eagle Nebula lithograph preview

Eagle Nebula (M16) (2014)

Hubble takes a new look at the dazzling "Pillars of Creation" in the Eagle Nebula.

Monkey Head Nebula lithograph preview

NGC 2174: Pillars in the Monkey Head Nebula

Don't monkey around — check out these pillars.

Cepheid variable star RS Puppis lithograph preview

Cepheid Variable Star RS Puppis

Variability makes this star shine!

Ring Nebula lithograph preview

Ring Nebula

Enjoy a ring-side seat for this star's last act.

Horsehead Nebula lithograph preview

Horsehead Nebula

Hubble sees a horse of a different color.

Star-Forming Nebula N90 lithograph preview

Star-Forming Nebula N90

This hotbed of star formation lies in the Small Magellanic Cloud.

30 Doradus star-forming region lithograph preview

30 Doradus: A Turbulent
Star-forming Region

This prolific "star factory" has logged millions of years of overtime, churning out its stellar products, non-stop.

Supernova Remnant SNR 0509 lithograph preview

Supernova Remnant SNR 0509

Meditate on a serene 'O'-shape. This floating bubble of gas is all that remains of a violent past.

Star-forming nebula NGC 3603 lithograph preview

Star-forming Nebula NGC 3603

A crowd of huge, hot stars impersonates a burst of celestial fireworks.

Carina Nebula Pillar lithograph preview

Carina Nebula Pillar

A "mystic mountain" of gas and dust is a cradle of star birth.

Core of Omega Centauri lithograph preview

Core of Omega Centauri

Squeeze your way into this stellar mob scene. Standing room only!

Butterfly Nebula lithograph preview

Butterfly Nebula (NGC 6302)

A star creates a butterfly as its dying act.

Pillar in the Carina Nebula lithograph preview

Pillar in the Carina Nebula

Fledgling stars thrive on the turbulence found here.

Supernova Remnant SN 1006 lithograph preview

Supernova Remnant SN 1006

Untangle the mystery behind this ribbon of glowing gas.

Nebula NGC 2440 lithograph preview

Planetary Nebula NGC 2440

A dying star spins a cocoon of colorful gas.

Crab Nebula lithograph preview

Crab Nebula (M1)

This nebula has a good reason to be crabby.

Cat's Eye Nebula lithograph preview

Cat's Eye Nebula (NGC 6543)

Make eye contact with the Cat's Eye Nebula.

Globular Cluster M80 lithograph preview

Globular Cluster M80

Be swept up in a glittering swarm of stars.

NGC 346 in the Small Magellanic Cloud lithograph preview

NGC 346 in the Small Magellanic Cloud

Compare clusters of hot, blue stars and cool, yellow, Sun-like stars.

Stellar Spire in the Eagle Nebula lithograph preview

Stellar Spire in the Eagle Nebula

Watch light from hot stars eating away the surface of the dust and gas cloud in the Eagle Nebula.

Helix Nebula lithograph preview

Helix Nebula

Gaze down a tunnel of gas created by a dying star.

Orion Nebula lithograph preview

Orion Nebula

Open the lid on a bubbling cauldron of creation. Stars and solar systems are forming here.

Helix Nebula Knots lithograph preview

Helix Nebula "Knots"

Untie the mystery of the knots in the Helix Nebula.

Eagle Nebula lithograph preview

Eagle Nebula (1995)

Feast your eyes on Hubble's most famous image.

Eskimo Nebula lithograph preview

Eskimo Nebula

See the colorful aftermath of a Sun-like star's death.

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Amazing Space bookmarks

Fold and laminate! Four imposing Hubble images are featured. Collect the set!

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Tales of ... The star that changed the universe

The universe became a much bigger place after Edwin Hubble discovered this star. Find out why.

Tales of ... Star clusters on a collision course

A massive jumble of stars in 30 Doradus is really two distinct clusters. A merger may be in their future.

Tales of ... Hubble's groundbreaking discovery about a distant supernova

Hubble uncovers a special type of dying star that may shine a light on dark energy.

Tales of ... Mysterious source of supernova in nearby galaxy solved by Hubble

SNR 0509, a deceptively peaceful-looking bubble, hardly hints at the explosive conditions that preceded it.

Tales of ... A butterfly emerging from stellar demise in planetary nebula

A dying star weaves a colorful butterfly nebula.

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Fast Facts: Variable star, RS Puppis

This star's brightness varies, but in a regular, rhythmic way.

Fast Facts: Monkey Head Nebula

This turbulent star-forming region makes a tantalizing infrared-light subject for Hubble.

Fast Facts: Ring Nebula

These rings will have you flying through hoops.

Fast Facts: Star-forming Nebula N90

A deeper and richer portrait of star birth emerges in this multi-wavelength image.

Fast Facts: Cat's Eye Nebula

Concentric gas shells mark one of the most complex planetary nebulae ever seen.

Fast Facts: Globular Cluster M80

This beehive of stellar activity is one of the densest known swarms of stars in the Milky Way.

Fast Facts: Horsehead Nebula

This photogenic horse was corralled in infrared light by Hubble.

Fast Facts: Planetary Nebula NGC 2440

Catch the colorful "last hurrah" of a star like our Sun.

Fast Facts: Supernova Remnant SN 1006

This wispy ribbon belies the tumultuous forces that formed it.

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Graphic Organizer:
Comparing globular star clusters and open star clusters

Stars and more stars — can you tell what's in a star cluster just by appearances?

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Myths vs. realities: Stars

Stars all eventually become supernovae — true or false?

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