The outlying regions around the Southern Pinwheel galaxy, or M83, are highlighted in this composite image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer and the National Science Foundation's Very Large Array in New Mexico.
This enhanced image from the far-ultraviolet detector on NASA's Galaxy Evolution shows a ghostly shell of ionized gas around Z Camelopardalis, a binary, or double-star system featuring a collapsed, dead star known as a white dwarf, and a companion star.
Since its launch in 2003, NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer the space telescope originally designed to observe galaxies across the universe in ultraviolet light has discovered a festive sky blinking with flaring and erupting stars.
Ultraviolet images such as this one from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer suggest the M83 has unusual pockets of star formation separated by large distances from the spiral arms in the main disk of the galaxy.
From sparkling blue rings to dazzling golden disks and mined from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer Survey of Nearby Galaxies data, these cosmic gems were collected with the telescope's sensitive ultraviolet instruments.
This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows M33, the Triangulum Galaxy, is a perennial favorite of amateur and professional astronomers alike, due to its orientation and relative proximity to us.
This image shows the hidden spiral arms that were discovered around the galaxy called NGC 4625 (top) by the ultraviolet eyes of NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer. An armless companion galaxy called NGC 4618 is pictured below.
This image shows six of the three-dozen 'ultraviolet luminous galaxies' spotted in our corner of the universe by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer. These massive galaxies greatly resemble newborn galaxies that were common in the early universe.
This image of the Globular cluster Messier 2 (M2) was taken by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer on August 20, 2003. This image is a small section of a single All Sky Imaging Survey exposure of only 129 seconds in the constellation Aquarius.
This image of the nearby edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 55 was taken by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer on September 14, 2003, during 2 orbits. This galaxy lies 5.4 million light years from our Milky Way galaxy.
This single orbit exposure, ultraviolet color image of Messier 101 was taken by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer on June 20, 2003. Messier 101 is a large spiral galaxy located 20 million light-years from Earth.
In the Multi-Payload Processing Facility, workers check the deployment of the cover of the telescope on NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer, an orbiting space telescope observing galaxies in ultraviolet light across 10 billion years of cosmic history.
Artist's concept of Galaxy Evolution Explorer (Artist Concept)
NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer was launched on April 28, 2003. Its mission is to study the shape, brightness, size and distance of galaxies across 10 billion years of cosmic history. This is an artist's concept.