July 24, 2017
FOR HIGH RESOLUTION: Mike O’Day]
Behold the largest ball of stars in our galaxy.
Omega Centauri is packed with about 10 million stars, many older than our Sun and packed within a volume of only… Continue reading
for High Resolution, Lóránd Fényes]
Is our Galaxy this thin? We believe so.
The magnificent spiral galaxy NGC 4565 is viewed edge-on from planet Earth. Also known as the Needle Galaxy for its narrow profile, bright NGC 4565… Continue reading
May 21, 2017
Utah amateur Patrick Wiggins discovered a possible bright supernova in the spiral galaxy NGC 6946 in Cygnus on May 13. If confirmed, 2017 eaw will become the 10th supernova found in this explosion-rich galaxy in the past… Continue reading
March 12, 2017
[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Christoph Kaltseis, CEDIC 2017]
Near the center of this sharp cosmic portrait, at the heart of the Orion Nebula, are four hot, massive stars known as the Trapezium.
Tightly gathered within… Continue reading
[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION / CHART32 Team, Processing – Johannes Schedler]
Over 40 million light-years away and swimming within the boundaries of the constellation Pisces, NGC 660’s peculiar appearance marks it as a polar ring galaxy.
A rare… Continue reading
Jan. 31, 2017
[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, NASA, JSC, ESRS]
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station see some amazing vistas, one of which was captured in this breathtaking picture in mid-2015.
First, visible at the top, are parts… Continue reading
[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Wolfgang Ries / Stefan Heutz (Astrokooperation)]
The two eye-catching galaxies lie far beyond the Milky Way, at a distance of over 300 million light-years.
Their distorted appearance is due to gravitational tides as the… Continue reading
December 28, 2016
Let’s be clear — “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” won’t replace “The Empire Strikes Back” as the best film in the beloved franchise.
Carrie Fisher in closing scene of ‘Rogue One’: Sacrifice and heroism delivered ‘hope’… Continue reading
[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Sebastian Voltmer]
Wandering through this stunning field of view, Mars really is in front of these colorful cosmic clouds.
The mosaic contructed from telescopic images is about 5 degrees (10 full moons) across. It… Continue reading
[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Dean Fournier; Inset: ESA/Hubble & NASA]
M13 is one of the most prominent and best known globular clusters.
Visible with binoculars in the constellation of Hercules, M13 is frequently one of the first objects… Continue reading