Rho Ophiuchus Nebula Complex This amazing complex of nebulosity revealed on long exposure color photographs is one of the most beautiful areas of the entire night sky. It contains dark nebulae where lanes of obscuring dust hide background stars, blue reflection nebulae where the dust is illuminated by nearby stars and red emission nebulae where the hot hydrogen gas itself is glowing.
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Carl Sagan: Astronomy Icon's Legacy in Pictures (Gallery) | Space.com - Sounds of Earth disc, obverse. Contains information designed to tell its finder how to play the disc. Also engraved on the disk is a star map to show where the sun is in relation to nearby stars, and a representation of a hydrogen atom.
The universe is filled with galaxies. But to see them astronomers must look out beyond the stars of our own galaxy, the Milky Way. This colorful Hubble Space Telescopic portrait features spiral galaxy NGC 6384, about 80 million light-years away in the direction of the constellation Ophiuchus.