California Nebula - photo by Farmakopoulos Antonis - Drifting through the Orion Arm of the spiral Milky Way Galaxy, this cosmic cloud echoes the outline of California. Earth's Sun also lies within the Milky Way's Orion Arm, lt-yrs from California Nebula.
Extreme star cluster bursts into life - The star-forming region NGC 3603 - seen here in the latest Hubble Space Telescope image - contains one of the most impressive massive young star clusters in the Milky Way.
This NASA image shows bright stars, shining through what looks like a haze in the night sky, part of a young stellar grouping in one of the largest known star formation regions of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf satellite galaxy of the Milky Way.
ESA European Southern Observatory - 6 December 2012 "Carina Nebula" - First released image taken by the Very Large Telescope Survey Telescope (VST) equipped with OmegaCam, a CCE camera (ESA/ESO/VPHAS+Consortium/Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit)