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Astrophotography winner: Two interacting galaxy groups

Astrophotography winner: Two interacting galaxy groups

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION]: Martin Pugh (Heaven’s Mirror Observatory) A careful look at this colorful cosmic snapshot reveals a surprising number of galaxies both near and far toward the constellation Ursa Major. The most striking is NGC 3718, the warped spiral galaxy near picture center. NGC 3718’s spiral arms look twisted and extended, […]

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Sombrero Galaxy’s bulge packed with clusters of star clusters

Sombrero Galaxy’s bulge packed with clusters of star clusters

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION]  Caltech / Palomar Observatory / Paul Gardner, Salvatore Grasso, and Ryan Hannahoe Named the Sombrero Galaxy for its hat-like resemblance, M104 features a prominent dust lane and a bright halo of stars and globular clusters. Reasons for the Sombrero’s hat-like appearance include an unusually large and extended central bulge […]

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NGC 2170: Celestial still life with a cosmic brush

NGC 2170: Celestial still life with a cosmic brush

[FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, CLICK ON IMAGE] / Adam Block, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, U. Arizona] The beautiful, dusty nebula NGC 2170 shines at the upper left. Reflecting the light of nearby hot stars, NGC 2170 is joined by other bluish reflection nebulae, a compact red emission region, and streamers of obscuring dust against a backdrop of […]

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Good view for Shanghai stargazers if everyone turned out the lights

Good view for Shanghai stargazers if everyone turned out the lights

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION]. Credit: Thierry Cohen / Courtesy Danziger Gallery, New York In a haunting vista you can never see, bright stars and the central Milky Way rise over the dark skyline of metropolitan Pudong in Shanghai, China. Looking east across the Huangpu River, the cityscape includes Pudong’s 470 meter tall Oriental […]

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What to see with your shiny new telescope

What to see with your shiny new telescope

As the gift-giving season comes to an end, maybe now you’ve got a shiny new telescope to call your own. Congratulations — you’re on your way to discovering many amazing things in the night sky. Be it a long, sleek tube or a compact marvel of computerized wizardry, every new telescope surely has an owner […]

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