This exposed image shows the path of the star Alpha Camelopardalis speeding through the sky. The big red arc is a bow shock, which NASA notes is similar to the wake in front of the bow of a ship in water.
In Greek mythology, Orion was a hunter whose ego was so great he angered the goddess Artemis, who banished him to the sky. Here we see the head, the fuzzy red dot in the middle, of Orion, one of the most famous constellations.
This image of the nebula NGC 2174, which sits on the border of the Gemini and Orion constellations and features a beautiful image of colour and light, is why NASA calls it the Vincent van Gogh of the sky.
Here we see the constellation Cygnus, best known for looking like a swan winging its way across the night. In fact, the constellation is also commonly known as the Northern Cross, seen in the summertime skies above the world’s northern hemisphere.
This image highlights several star-forming regions all in one. There are five distinct centres of star birth in this image alone, all surrounded by gas and dust that have been heated up by nearby stars.