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Astronomers crack the Fried Egg Nebula

This visible light wide-field image of the region around the yellow hypergiant star IRAS 17163-3907 was created from photographs taken through … Astronomers crack the Fried Egg Nebula Using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), teams from The ...

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The Milky Way Galaxy

From Earth at certain times of year, the Milky Way is visible overhead in the night sky from dark locations (you can’t see the Milky Way from under bright city lights). It looks like a giant swath of milky haze ...

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The Orion Nebula

  The Orion Nebula, or Messier 42, is a gaseous bubble 1470 light years from the Sun. This cloud represents the closest site of high-mass star formation to the sun, and therefore provides a unique laboratory for studies by astronomers ...

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Omega Centauri

Omega Centauri is a globular cluster in the constellation of Centaurus that was discovered by Edmond Halley in 1677. Located at a distance of 15,800 light-years , it is the largest globular cluster in the Milky Way galaxy. Omega Centauri ...

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NGC 4402 , Galaxy

Astronomy Photo of the Day [APOD]: 03/02/14 – NGC 4402 This is NGC 4402: a galaxy that is located about 55-million light-years from Earth in the constellation Virgo. NGC 4402 is nearly edge on, meaning the galaxy’s rotational plane is ...

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Messier 42

  Messier 42 The Orion Nebula is one of the most interesting objects in the sky. To the naked eye, it looks like a star in the sword of the constellation Orion, but with binoculars or a telescope, you can ...

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Misaligned Planets in a Distant Star System

Misaligned Planets in a Distant Star System Using data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, an international team of astronomers has discovered a distant planetary system featuring multiple planets orbiting at a severe tilt to their host star. Such tilted orbits ...

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First Earth-sized Rocky Exoplanet Found

A team of astronomers has found the first Earth-sized planet outside the solar system that has a rocky composition like that of Earth. This exoplanet, known as Kepler-78b, orbits its star very closely every 8.5 hours, making it much too ...

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The Galaxy Erupts

Our Milky Way galaxy is a vast collection of stars, gas, and dust, spread out into flat disk with embedded spiral arms and a central hub of stars like a squashed ball. You wouldn’t think that a structure half the ...

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NGC 1275

 This stunning image of NGC 1275 was taken using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys in July and August 2006. It provides amazing detail and resolution of the fragile filamentary structures, which show up as a reddish ...

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Large Magellanic Cloud

This vibrant image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to our own Milky Way galaxy. The infrared image, a mosaic of 300,000 individual tiles, offers astronomers a unique chance to study the lifecycle ...

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Europa , the Jupiter,s moon

 Life and Moons in our Solar System: Europa Complex and beautiful patterns adorn the icy surface of Europa via NASA Most of us know about the 8 planets in our solar system (formerly 9 planets…poor Pluto). But you may not ...

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The Black Eye Galaxy – Messier 64

The Black Eye Galaxy (Messier 64) is a spiral galaxy with an apparent magnitude of 9.36, lying approximately 24 million light years from Earth. It is sometimes also called the Sleeping Beauty Galaxy or Evil Eye Galaxy. It is a ...

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