The Cats Eye Nebula from Hubble : To some, it may look like a cats eye. The alluring Cats Eye nebula, however, lies three thousand light-years from Earth across interstellar space. A classic planetary nebula, the Cats Eye represents a final, brief yet glorious phase in the life of a sun-like star. This nebulas dying central star may have produced the simple, outer pattern of dusty concentric shells by shrugging off outer layers in a series of regular convulsions. But the formation of the beautiful, more complex inner structures is not well understood. Seen so clearly in this digitally sharpened Hubble Space Telescope image, the truly cosmic eye is over half a light-year across. Of course, gazing into this Cats Eye, astronomers may well be seeing the fate of our sun, destined to enter its own planetary nebula phase of evolution in about 5 billion years. via NASA
@pangur-and-grim aaa I saw ppl were showing you their cats so here’s my Isabell!! She’s a ten yr old rescue cat that I got when she was barely 8 weeks old. Big grumpy girl that loves cuddles but she’s a binch since I feed her separately from the other cats mostly she’s sometimes able to trick my mom into giving her a second can
This is the Andromeda galaxy! It is the furthest thing away from Earth that can still be seen with the naked eye on a clear night. It is 2.3 million light years away from us. The galaxy used to be called the ‘Great Andromeda Nebula’, since they thought that is was a bunch of glowing gases, or a solar system in formation. The Andromeda galaxy is a major galaxy, and is slightly bigger than our Milky Way. So spectacular.