I still can’t get past how beautiful this is. This Messier 78.
The Messier objects are a set of astronomical objects catalogued by the French astronomer Charles Messier in his “Catalogue des Nébuleuses et des Amas d’Étoiles” (“Catalogue of Nebulae and Star Clusters”), originally published in 1771, with the last addition (based on Messier’s observations) made in 1966.
By Thor’s Mighty Helmet!
Going to see the new Avengers movie this weekend, either for the first or fortieth time? You may not see much of Thor’s helmet in the film (as he opts for more of a “Point Break” look) but astronomers using the Isaac Newton Group of telescopes on the Canary Islands have succeeded in spotting it… in this super image of the Thor’s Helmet nebula!