A compact cluster of stars is shooting out of this galaxy at almost 5 million miles per hour.
A region of star births nestled within the ingredients needed for star formation: clouds of interstellar gas and space dust. The nebula here resides 20,000 light-years away in the constellation Carina. It contains a central cluster of huge, hot stars, called NGC 3603.
A NASA satellite image of haze (gray areas) spreading from Beijing to Shanghai in December 2013.