Only 11 million light-years away, Centaurus A is the closest active galaxy to planet Earth. Spanning over 60,000 light-years, the peculiar elliptical galaxy, also known as NGC 5128, is featured in this sharp color image.
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap110914.html The Bubble and M52 Image Credit & Copyright: Lóránd Fényes Embedded in a complex of interstellar dust and gas and blown by the winds from a single, massive O-type star, the Bubble Nebula, also known as NGC 7635, is a mere 10 light-years wide. On the other hand, M52 is a rich open cluster of around a thousand stars. The cluster is about 25 light-years across. Seen toward the northern boundary of Cassiopeia,...
The star near the top is so bright that it is sometimes hard to notice the galaxy toward the bottom. Pictured above, both the star, Regulus, and the galaxy, Leo I, can be found within one degree of each other toward the constellation of the Lion (Leo).
Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar 2008 - The Big Picture - Boston.com.. Side note - these aren't stars - these are galaxies!! GALAXIES!!!! Does that blow anyone else's minds?! Makes you realize how trivial our problems are. Just look up..