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Incredible NASA images show Christmas in outer space

Mirror logo Mirror 25-12-2016 Natalie Evans

Credits: NASA/Cover Images

Credits: NASA/Cover Images
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NASA's mission may be to explore the farthest reaches of our galaxy, but sometimes they simply find visions perfect for the holiday season.

These colourful images from the US space agency, hand-picked by Cover Images, show celestial sights worthy of any interstellar Christmas party.

They range from a wreath-like spiral galaxy to a region called NGC 6357 that NASA themselves this week dubbed a "Cosmic Winter Wonderland".

Elsewhere there is a supernova bubble the scientists say resembles a "holiday ornament", while a red and green infrared image of Pluto looks fit for an otherworldly Christmas tree.

Although there are no seasons in space, this cosmic vista invokes thoughts of a frosty winter landscape.

It is, in fact, a region called NGC 6357 where radiation from hot, young stars is energizing the cooler gas in the cloud that surrounds them.

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