Toss this one in the pile of astronomical things which look like eyes. At first glance this closely resembles someone’s iris. After closer inspection we are forced to realize it’s really a bunch of glowing gas.
North is NOT up, it’s 35.8° clockwise from up
Hubble data is public domain, but I put a lot of work into combining it into beautiful color images. The minimal credit line should read: NASA / ESA / J. Schmidt
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