A composite image of the giant elliptical galaxy NGC 4649 located about 51 million light years from Earth. It contains one of the biggest black holes in the local Universe: its mass is about 3.4 billion times that of the Sun.
Cygnus-X an extremely active region of massive-star birth 4500 light-years from Earth.
This image of the region surrounding the reflection nebula Messier 78, just to the north of Orion’s belt, shows clouds of cosmic dust threaded through the nebula like a string of pearls. (via ESO)
Infrared picture of Eagle Nebula (via NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)