A technical glitch causes the Hubble Space Telescope, which ordinarily captures magnificently crisp scientific imagery of the cosmos, to lose balance and create this inadvertent piece of modern art.
It is suspected that in this case, Hubble had locked onto a bad guide star, potentially a double star or binary. This caused an error in the tracking system, resulting in this remarkable picture of brightly colored stellar streaks. The prominent red streaks are from stars in the globular cluster NGC 288.
Imagery from the intro to Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey:A dandelion seed morphs into the shape of the Voyager 1 spacecraft. This is a nod to Carl Sagan. The original “Spaceship of the Imagination” appeared, on the outside, as a dandelion floating on the wind. The “Golden Record” (seen glistening in the last few frames of this gif) that was affixed to the side of Voyager 1 was a project that was dear to his heart, and was the project on which he met his wife, Annie.