It's the time of year when even the scientists at NASA get into the holiday spirit. Last year, the space agency's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer snapped an image of a cosmic Christmas wreath for the holiday season.
Not be outdone, the venerable Hubble Space Telescope delivered holiday cheer in the form of this image of NGC 5189, a nebula that - if you're brimming over with holiday cheer or just squinting a little - resembles a very merry Christmas ornament wrapped in a festive ribbon.
Is the "ornament" interpretation meeting astronomers - and we suspect NASA's PR wonks - more than halfway? Yeah, probably a little more than half, but come on - 'tis the season. You can afford to be that generous, right?
For those feeling slightly less festive, a menacing skull can also be seen in the nebula.
Either way, we can all agree that the beauty of the image on its own is enough to make you smile.
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