Bask In The Beauty Of New Stars Bursting Into Life

For 3 million years, this beautiful smudge of gas has been bursting with new stars. Just under 10,000 light years away in the constellation of Cassiopeia, NGC 281 is busy with everything from brand-new baby stars to active X-ray sources to the lingering traces of a supernova. » 1/22/15 3:29am 1/22/15 3:29am

Behold the Pacman Nebula—now with teeth!

The nebula NGC 281 was first identified over 100 years ago by American astronomer E. E. Barnard, but today, many scientists know this massive cloud of dust and gas not as "NGC 281" but as "The Pacman Nebula," owing to its resemblance to Pac-Man, the iconic dot-scarfing character first featured in Namco's eponymous… » 10/31/11 1:30pm 10/31/11 1:30pm