Category: Picture of the Month

December 2015: Picture of the Month

A first look might suggest that this is a quasar (or a double-bladed lightsaber for the Star Wars fans). In fact, it is two jets beaming from a newborn star.

November 2015: Picture of the Month

The Pelican Nebula, also known as IC 5070, is an H II region that is slowly being divided from the larger North America Nebula by a molecular cloud of dark dust.

October 2015: Picture of the Month

This is one of the two global maps of Jupiter captured on January 19, by observing the ten hours rotation of the giant gas planet with the Hubble Space Telescope.

September 2015: Picture of the Month

These dark streaks seen on Mars, called recurring slope lineae, are inferred to have been formed by flowing liquid water.

August 2015: Picture of the Month

Taken by Paul C. Swift, this image spans 6 degrees and captures the beautiful landscape that lies along the plane of the Milky Way and the center of the constellation Cygnus the Swan.