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 […]

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 […]

Spectacular Comet Lovejoy, a dirty snowball, outshines M79 star cluster

Spectacular Comet Lovejoy, a dirty snowball, outshines M79 star cluster

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Dieter Willasch (Astro-Cabinet)] Comet Lovejoy has become visible to the unaided eye …. Pictured here, Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) was … passing nearly in front of M79, the globular star cluster visible as the bright spot slightly above and to the left of the comet’s green-hued coma. The nucleus […]

Lagoon Nebula: Baby stars on board

Lagoon Nebula: Baby stars on board

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA, Judy Schmidt] The center of the Lagoon Nebula is a whirlwind of spectacular star formation. Visible near the image center, at least two long funnel-shaped clouds, each roughly half a light-year long, have been formed by extreme stellar winds and intense energetic starlight. The […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dwarf galaxies: 200 million stars jammed 25 times closer together than in our Milky Way

Dwarf galaxies: 200 million stars jammed 25 times closer together than in our Milky Way

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION] The bright core and outer reaches of giant elliptical galaxy M60 (NGC 4649) loom large at the upper left of this sharp close-up from the Hubble Space Telescope. Some 54 million light-years away and 120,000 light-years across, M60 is one of the largest galaxies in the nearby Virgo Cluster. […]

Hubble’s view of a few thousand of the Abell 1689 galaxy cluster

Hubble’s view of a few thousand of the Abell 1689 galaxy cluster

A new image from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope shows an enormous collection of galaxies and star clusters in stunning detail. Hubble spied 10,000 or so of the estimated 160,000 globular star groupings thought to reside in the huge galaxy cluster Abell 1689, which lies about 2.25 billion light-years away from Earth. For comparison, our own […]