Space photos: The most amazing images this week!

A ‘purely magical’ view of the Andromeda Galaxy wins a top photography prize, scientists study the rose-shaped patterns of some nebulas and satellites keep a vigilant eye on the wildfires raging across the U.S. West Coast. These are some of the top photos this week from Space.com. 

Stellar wind ‘rose’

The stellar wind produced by the star R Aquilae forms a rose-like pattern.

The stellar wind produced by the star R Aquilae forms a rose-like pattern. (Image credit: L. Decin, ESO/ALMA)

The raw material that forms the rose-like pattern seen in this image comes from the star shining at the picture’s center. The star, R Aquilae, is a cool red giant star, and these stars constantly produce a stellar wind. This cosmic gust is a flowing stream of particles that sends the star’s mass out into space, and neighboring objects like a stellar companion or planets may be what creates the floral pattern of nebulas such as this one. 

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