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Spectacular M83

Spectacular M83

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Subaru Telescope (NAOJ), Hubble Space Telescope] Big, bright, and beautiful, spiral galaxy M83 lies a mere twelve million light-years away, near the southeastern tip of the very long constellation Hydra. Prominent spiral arms traced by dark dust lanes and blue star clusters lend this galaxy its popular name, The […]

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Lots of energy in that big, black sky: M31, Mirach and M33

Lots of energy in that big, black sky: M31, Mirach and M33

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Malcolm Park (North York Astronomical Association)] Separated by about 14 degrees (28 Full Moons) in planet Earth’s sky, spiral galaxies M31 at left, and M33 are both large members of the Local Group, along with our own Milky Way galaxy. This narrow- and wide-angle, multi-camera composite finds details of […]

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Our nearest neighbor, the magnificent Adromeda galaxy

Our nearest neighbor, the magnificent Adromeda galaxy

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, M31 / Robert Gendler] What is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy? Andromeda. In fact, 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 by the hundreds of […]

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The Perseids meteor shower, Aug. 13, 2015

The Perseids meteor shower, Aug. 13, 2015

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M45: The magnificent Pleiades (seven sisters) star cluster

M45: The magnificent Pleiades (seven sisters) star cluster

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Marco Lorenzi (Glittering Lights) Perhaps the most famous star cluster on the sky, the bright stars of the Pleiades star cluster can be seen without binoculars from even the depths of a light-polluted city. With a long exposure from a dark location, though, the dust cloud surrounding the Pleiades […]

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Although its economy has hit the wall, Greece still has magnificent views (from the Temple of Poseidon)

Although its economy has hit the wall, Greece still has magnificent views (from the Temple of Poseidon)

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Alexandros Maragos Although it may look like a lighthouse, the rays of light near the horizon actually emanate from the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, Greece. … Although meant to be a monument to the sea, in this image, the temple’s lights seem to be pointing out locations […]

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Neighboring galaxy is same size as our own

Neighboring galaxy is same size as our own

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Petri Kehusmaa, Harlingten Atacama Observatory] Large spiral galaxy NGC 4945 is seen edge-on near the center of this cosmic galaxy portrait. In fact, NGC 4945 is almost the size of our own Milky Way Galaxy. Its own dusty disk, young blue star clusters, and pink star forming regions standout […]

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Even before Hubble magic, there was the magnificent Horsehead Nebula

Even before Hubble magic, there was the magnificent Horsehead Nebula

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Giuseppe Carmine Iaffaldano; Processing: Roberto Colombari] Sculpted by stellar winds and radiation, a magnificent interstellar dust cloud by chance has assumed this recognizable shape. Fittingly named the Horsehead Nebula, it is some 1,500 light-years distant, embedded in the vast Orion cloud complex. About five light-years “tall”, the dark cloud […]

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Venus, for now, our evening star

Venus, for now, our evening star

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Babak Tafreshi (TWAN)] In the coming days, Venus shines near the western horizon at sunset. To find Earth’s sister planet in twilight skies just look for the brilliant evening star. Tonight very close to the Pleiades star cluster, Venus dominates this springtime night skyscape taken only a few days […]

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Almost every item in this photo is a galaxy

Almost every item in this photo is a galaxy

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, NASA, ESA, Hubble] The Coma Cluster of Galaxies pictured above is one of the densest clusters known – it contains thousands of galaxies. Each of these galaxies houses billions of stars – just as our own Milky Way Galaxy does. Although nearby when compared to most other clusters, light […]