9 Space Pictures That Look Like Christmas

nebula IC 2118 in the constellation Orion.

NASA/STScI Digitized Sky Survey/Noel Carboni

Is that the face of jolly old St. Nick, or a million-mile-wide nebula? The gas and dust of the cosmos often align into very familiar scenes from Earth. We’ve gathered nine space pictures that look just like your favorite Christmas things: Rudolph, snow angels, tree ornaments, and more.

Snow angel, or Sharpless 2-106
Christmas ornaments, or Cygnus X
Rudolph, or red supergiant V838 Monocerotis
Santa's sleigh, or NGC 2736 nebula
Pajama'd child, or the Flame nebula
Santa Claus, or IC 2118 nebula
Santa Claus, or IC 2118 nebula
New puppy, or S 308 Wolf-Rayet bubble
New puppy, or S 308 Wolf-Rayet bubble