Every time a big party is approaching, I keep an eye on NASA for a connection image of something spectacular in space.
For this season, NASA published a nebula image on Friday from the Hubble Space Telescope. The description comes from the European Space Agency, which says it looks like "a colorful Christmas ornament in space."
The image shows the tenuous nature of the planetary nebula NGC 6326. The star at its center is close to death, which does not happen It seems very festive, but it certainly gives us something beautiful to look at.
The nebula is about 11,000 light years away from us in the constellation Altar, also known by its more formal Latin name "Ara".
"The intense blue and red tones come from material that includes ionized oxygen and glowing hydrogen under the action of the fierce ultraviolet radiation of the central star still hot," says ESA.
You can get your version of other stories inspired by the NASA season by reviewing this "snowman" on Saturn's moon Enceladus and this speculation that Santa's workshop could be located in a distant frozen world somewhere else in the galaxy.