A stellar fireworks display sparked by a bust up between two young stars has been captured in stunning new photographs.
Two stars from the Orion constellation were caught crashing into one another, sending hundreds of colossal gas and dust streamers through space.
The fluorescent outburst was captured by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (Alma) telescope and could shed light on the turbulent beginnings of stars in our galaxy.
Stellar explosions are most often associated with supernovae, the spectacular deaths of stars.
But observations of the Orion Nebula complex provide insights into explosions at the other end of the stellar life cycle, star birth.
Astronomers captured these dramatic images of the remains of a 500-year-old explosion as they explored the firework-like debris from the birth of a group of massive stars, demonstrating that star formation can be a violent and explosive process too.