Reshared post from +Rosa Golijan
"The Universe is beautiful.
Which is interesting. It doesn’t have to be; it could be all colorless and weird and lumpy. Instead, it’s bursting with color, sculpted by vast forces, molded into fantastic shapes that please our eyes and delight our brains — especially once we understand what we’re seeing."
— the guy behind the Bad Astronomy blog — picked out what he believes are the "Best Astronomy Images of 2012." This is my favorite of the ones he choose.
Image via ESO/APEX (MPIfR/ESO/OSO)/T. Stanke et al./Igor Chekalin/Digitized Sky Survey 2.