CR7 -  The brightest Galaxy in the early Universe

These massive, brilliant, and previously purely theoretical objects were the creators of the first heavy elements in history - the elements necessary to forge the stars around us today, the planets that orbit them, and life as we know it. 

The Medusa Nebula, also known as Abell 21, is an old planetary nebula some 1,500 light-years away in the constellation Gemini. The nebula is associated with a dramatic transformation and shows a final stage in the evolution of low mass stars like the sun, as they transform themselves from red giants to white dwarf stars and in the process shrug off their outer layers. 
credit: European Southern Observatory, VLT

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 7/01/15 — NGC 2367

Using the power of the Wide Field Imager (WFI) Camera mounted to the ESO’s 2.2 Meter Telescope, astronomers have taken a stunning new image of a cluster of stars—all of which, sit approximately 7,000 light-years from Earth toward the constellation of Canis Major.

Called NGC 2367, the stars within this open cluster are believed to be around 5 million years old—So young, they burn brightly and intensely, with their blue-tinged hue adding yet another color to an already impressive palette. It doesn’t hurt that the stars have set surrounding hydrogen gas alight, which gives the region its red glow.

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Image Credit: ESO/G. Beccari

This was a commission for Zooks of his and their friends characters Fades (on the left) and Darmah (on the right). Here they are depicted enjoying a slow dance on a bridge on the outskirts of a small quaint town as torch bugs light up the fields around them.

Thanks for commissioning me!

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