A cosmic crash scene of two galaxies, with many young star clusters strewn about, is on display in this new near-infrared image by the Gemini South Observatory in Chile.
Sitting 10.5 million light-years from Earth, the two intertwining islands of stars are known as the antennae galaxies due to the two, spindly arms coming out from the galactic core that look similar to insect antenna.
These antenna-like structures—made of millions of stars—were originally spiral arms, a normal part of a galaxy. Over time they became gravitationally distorted and drawn out into space during the initial collision between the galaxies 300 million years ago.
The delta of the southern Egyptian river Khor Baraka—more than 340 miles (550 kilometers) below the ISS—is a large area filled with loose sand and clay that gets routinely kicked up by strong winds channeled into the area by nearby hills.
Despite the glow from towns scattered throughout the valleys near Uludağ mountain in southern Turkey, stars that form part of the the Milky Way shine brightly in the skies above in a picture released July 6.
A craggy valley carved by fast-flowing water possibly a billion years ago highlights this June 3 image taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter from 179 miles (286 kilometers) above Mars's surface.
Diverse geological landforms, which predate the ancient flood, have been left to erode in the harsh, present-day Martian environment.
Plumes of smoke from forest fires raging in northern Quebec, Canada, are captured in this striking image by crew aboard the international Space Station on July 3.
Strong northwesterly winds have pushed the smoke and resulting smog from the James Bay region down as far south as the U.S. state of Maine, causing noticeable drops in air quality.