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NGC 4762: A disk galaxy as thin as our Milky Way

NGC 4762: A disk galaxy as thin as our Milky Way

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION / ESA/Hubble & NASA Why is there a bright line on the sky? What is pictured above is actually a disk galaxy being seen almost perfectly edge on. The image from the Hubble Space Telescope is a spectacular visual reminder of just how thin disk galaxies can be. NGC […]

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Andromeda, a galaxy much like our own

Andromeda, a galaxy much like our own

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, M31: The Andromeda Galaxy, Image Credit & Copyright: Jacob Bers (Bersonic)] Andromeda is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy. Our Galaxy is thought to look much like Andromeda. Together these two galaxies dominate the Local Group of galaxies. The diffuse light from Andromeda is caused […]

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NASA: Astronomers think every star in Milky Way ‘has at least one planet’

NASA: Astronomers think every star in Milky Way ‘has at least one planet’

Cambridge, Mass – NASA predicts that 100 million worlds in our own Milky Way galaxy may host alien life, and space program scientists estimate that humans will be able to find life within two decades. Speaking at NASA’s Washington headquarters on Monday, the space agency outlined a plan to search for alien life using current […]

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Cluster of 10 million stars: Part of Milky Way or its own galaxy?

Cluster of 10 million stars: Part of Milky Way or its own galaxy?

[FOR HIGH RESOLUTION CLICK ON IMAGE,CEDIC Team, Processing – Christoph Kaltseis] Globular star cluster Omega Centauri, also known as NGC 5139, is some 15,000 light-years away. The cluster is packed with about 10 million stars much older than the Sun within a volume about 150 light-years in diameter, the largest and brightest of 200 or […]

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Bryce Canyon glory in heaven and on earth

Bryce Canyon glory in heaven and on earth

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION / Dave Lane] Sometimes land and sky are both busy and beautiful. The landscape pictured in the foreground encompasses Bryce Canyon in Utah, USA, famous for its many interesting rock structures eroded over millions of years. The skyscape above, photogenic in its own right, encompasses the arching central disk […]

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The center of our galaxy as viewed from Chile at dawn

The center of our galaxy as viewed from Chile at dawn

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Babak Tafreshi (TWAN), ESO Ultra HD Expedition As dawn broke on March 27, the center of the Milky Way Galaxy stood almost directly above the European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory. In the dry, clear sky of Chile’s Atacama desert, our galaxy’s dusty central bulge is flanked by Paranal’s four […]

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‘Cosmos’ had millions of watchers but detractors hit its ‘faith in evolution’

‘Cosmos’ had millions of watchers but detractors hit its ‘faith in evolution’

“Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, if the first segment is any indication, will attempt to package unconditional blind faith in evolution as scientific literacy in an effort to create interest in science,” wrote a blogger for Answers in Genesis, a Christian apologetics ministry that promotes the view that the universe, our planet, and its inhabitants came […]

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What our own Milky Way looks like from the side

What our own Milky Way looks like from the side

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Subaru Telescope (NAOJ), Hubble Space Telescope;  Robert Gendler] This gorgeous island universe, cataloged as NGC 2683, lies a mere 20 million light-years distant in the northern constellation of the Cat (Lynx). NGC 2683 is seen nearly edge-on in this cosmic vista combining data and images from the ground-based Subaru […]

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Nearby M7 star cluster stands out in a sea of … stars, farther away at our galaxy’s center

Nearby M7 star cluster stands out in a sea of … stars, farther away at our galaxy’s center

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Lorand Fenyes] M7 is one of the most prominent open clusters of stars on the sky. The cluster, dominated by bright blue stars, can be seen with the naked eye in a dark sky in the tail of the constellation of the Scorpion (Scorpius). M7 contains about 100 stars […]

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Bubble-shaped nebula created by pre-supernova only 70,000 years old

Bubble-shaped nebula created by pre-supernova only 70,000 years old

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Jeff Husted] Blown by fast winds from a hot, massive star, this cosmic bubble is huge. Cataloged as Sharpless 2-308 it lies some 5,200 light-years away toward the constellation of the Big Dog (Canis Major) and covers slightly more of the sky than a Full Moon. … The massive […]