NASA is throwing their own Festival of Lights, with two new images awash in brilliant colors and awe-inspiring swirls that reveal the staggeringly immense beauty of outer space. The green-tinted cloud is Barnard 3, an interstellar cloud where new stars are being formed in countless numbers. NASA’s Cosmic Ornament is a bright white star surrounded by a blue cloud and a red shell, caused by the spinning of a strangely slow pulsar and the remnants of a supernova.
For more information about these two wonders, look here and here. No matter what you’re celebrating this year (if you’re celebrating anything at all), you can appreciate the natural gifts that the universe hands to us, free of charge. Just be sure to thank NASA for being our intergalactic Santa Claus.