This image was captured using Hubble’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2, the camera responsible for many of the telescope’s most beautiful images. It shows the appropriately nicknamed Oyster Nebula (more formally known as NGC 1501), a candescent cloud some 5000 light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Camelopardalis.
"In space the stars are not nearer, just glitters like a morgue." ~Most of the starlight we see, comes from stars and galaxies which have already died. "The whole sky could be black, and we would not even begin to realize it for another four years." ~ A nuclear physicist