The new CHIMERA instrument on the Palomar Observatory’s Hale Telescope snapped this image of the Crab Pulsar, a collapsed, dead star 6,500 light-years away that spins 30 times per second and emits lighthouse-like beams of light.
- Week's Best Space Pictures
Week's Best Space Pictures: A Pulsar's Technicolor Home
A massive galaxy cluster glitters, and new images highlight the sun's corona with dramatic color.
Feed your need for heavenly views of the universe with our picks of the most awe-inspiring space pictures.
This week, the moon casts an ominous shadow on the Pacific Ocean, NASA's Cassini spacecraft spots two of Saturn's moons, and a dusty disk coalesces around a distant pair of aging stars.