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Alnitak, Alnilam, Mintaka: The glorious belt of Orion

Alnitak, Alnilam, Mintaka: The glorious belt of Orion

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION /  Rogelio Bernal Andreo] Otherwise known as the Belt of Orion, these three blue supergiant stars are hotter and much more massive than the Sun. They lie about 1,500 light-years away, born of Orion’s well-studied interstellar clouds. In fact, clouds of gas and dust adrift in this region have […]

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Galaxies in space the size of the Milky Way head for a collision

Galaxies in space the size of the Milky Way head for a collision

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA; Processing: Judy Schmidt] What will survive this battle of the galaxies? Known as Seyfert’s Sextet, this intriguing group …. actually contains only four interacting galaxies. Near the center of this Hubble Space Telescope picture, the small face-on spiral galaxy lies in the distant background […]

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Hubble provides closeup of 100,000 stars in M15 near our galaxy’s center

Hubble provides closeup of 100,000 stars in M15 near our galaxy’s center

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Hubble, NASA] Stars, like bees, swarm around the center of bright globular cluster M15. This ball of over 100,000 stars is a relic from the early years of our Galaxy, and continues to orbit the Milky Way’s center. M15, one of about 170 globular clusters remaining, is noted for […]

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Young blue stars crowd NGC 1309, 100 million light-years away

Young blue stars crowd NGC 1309, 100 million light-years away

[FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, CLICK ON IMAGE / Hubble Legacy Archive A gorgeous spiral galaxy some 100 million light-years distant, NGC 1309 lies on the banks of the constellation of the River (Eridanus). NGC 1309 spans about 30,000 light-years, making it about one third the size of our larger Milky Way galaxy. Bluish clusters of young […]

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Merry Yosemite Christmas!

Merry Yosemite Christmas!

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION / Wally Pacholka / AstroPics.com, TWAN A starry band of the Milky Way climbs over Yosemite Valley, Sierra Nevada Range, planet Earth. Jupiter is the brightest celestial beacon on the wintry scene, though. Standing nearly opposite the Sun in the constellation Taurus, the wandering planet joins yellowish Aldebaran and […]

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The Milky Way, Magellanic Clouds and 300-year-old aloe plants in Namibia

The Milky Way, Magellanic Clouds and 300-year-old aloe plants in Namibia

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION] In front of a famous background of stars and galaxies lies some of Earth’s more unusual trees. Known as quiver trees, they are actually succulent aloe plants that can grow to tree-like proportions. … Some of the tallest quiver trees in the park are estimated to be about 300 […]

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Radio image of large galaxy reveals huge plasma jets

Radio image of large galaxy reveals huge plasma jets

[FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, CLICK ON IMAGE] The galaxy at the image center, Hercules A, appears to be a relatively normal elliptical galaxy in visible light. When imaged in radio waves, however, tremendous plasma jets over one million light years long appear. Detailed analyses indicate that the central galaxy, also known as 3C 348, is actually […]

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All that’s left of a star in our galaxy that exploded 9,000 years ago

All that’s left of a star in our galaxy that exploded 9,000 years ago

FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, CLICK ON IMAGE. Wisps like this are all that remain visible of a Milky Way star. About 9,000 years ago that star exploded in a supernova leaving the Veil Nebula, also known as the Cygnus Loop. At the time, the expanding cloud was likely as bright as a crescent Moon, remaining visible […]

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Stardust memories

Stardust memories

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION] Cosmic dust clouds sprawl across a rich field of stars in this sweeping telescopic vista near the northern boundary of Corona Australis, the Southern Crown. Probably less than 500 light-years away and effectively blocking light from more distant, background stars in the Milky Way, the densest part of the […]