15 Surreal ‘Images of the Day’ shared by NASA

The Cocoon Nebula: This nebula is a giant cloud of gas and dust where new stars are born. The bright colors and strange shapes make it look like a giant, cosmic cocoon.

The Pillars of Creation: These towering pillars of gas and dust are part of the Eagle Nebula. They are being eroded by the light from nearby stars, which creates the illusion of ghostly fingers reaching out into space.

The Cat's Eye Nebula: This planetary nebula is the glowing remains of a dying star. The central star is so hot that it is blowing away the outer layers of gas, which creates the intricate shapes we see today.

Eintein's Ring: This is a gravitational lens, where the gravity of a massive galaxy bends the light from a more distant galaxy behind it. This creates a distorted image, where the distant galaxy appears as a bright ring around the lensing galaxy.

The Whirlpool Galaxy: This is a face-on view of a spiral galaxy. The bright center and swirling arms make it look like a giant whirlpool in space.

The Horsehead Nebula: This dark nebula is shaped like a horse's head. It is a cloud of cold gas and dust that is blocking the light from the stars behind it.

The Hallucinogenic Eye Nebula: This planetary nebula is another example of a dying star's glowing remains. The intricate shapes and bright colors create an image that is both beautiful and strange.

The Hand of God: This pillar of gas and dust is part of the Nebulosa Nebulosa. It is shaped like a giant hand reaching out into space.

The Flaming Star Nebula: This nebula is a giant cloud of gas and dust that is being heated by a nearby star. The hot gas glows brightly, creating the illusion of flames.

The Veil Nebula: This is the remnant of a supernova explosion. The shockwave from the explosion is still expanding, creating a veil of glowing gas and dust.