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Cosmic clouds of gas and dust drift across this magnificent panorama, spanning some 17 degrees near the southern boundary of the heroic constellation Perseus.

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The high frontier's getting crowded—a new space race is underway. Here's a look at the past, present, and future projects of the world's top space agencies. http://futurism.com/images/the-worlds-top-space-agencies-infographic/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=Futurism&utm_content=The%20World%27s%20Top%20Space%20Agencies%20%5BINFOGRAPHIC%5D

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#PencilNebula | This shock wave plows through space at over 500,000 kilometers per hour. Moving toward to bottom of this beautifully detailed color composite, the thin, braided filaments are actually long ripples in a sheet of glowing gas seen almost edge on. About 5 light-years long and a mere 800 light-years away, the Pencil Nebula is only a small part of the #VelaSupernovaRemnant.

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