The bright stars in the lower right hand corner are Hodge 301, located in the Tarantula Nebula within the Large Magellanic Cloud. These bright exploding stars send matter hurling through space at speeds up to 200 miles per second. This matter causes the sheeting seen in the upper left of the image. Credit: You-Hua Chu [University of Illinois], Eva K. Grebel [University of Washington], the Hubble Heritage Team [AURA/STScI/NASA].
Plasma Ball Physics
A plasma ball is fun, but plasmas are an important part of our physical universe. From lightning to stars to the Northern Lights, plasmas are all around us.