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New ESA Image of the Milky Way and of Its Neighboring Magellanic Clouds

July 3, 2015

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An Outline of the Milky Way and of Its Neighboring Magellanic Clouds

This newly released image from the European Space Agency shows the outline of our Galaxy and of its neighboring Magellanic Clouds. This image, based on housekeeping data from ESA’s Gaia satellite, is no ordinary depiction of the heavens. While the image portrays the outline of our Galaxy, the Milky Way, and of its neighboring Magellanic […]

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Astronomers View a Young Open Cluster of Stars

July 2, 2015

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New ESO Image of Star Cluster NGC 2367

This newly released ESO image shows star cluster NGC 2367, an infant stellar grouping that lies at the center of an immense and ancient structure on the margins of the Milky Way. This rich view of an array of colorful stars and gas was captured by the Wide Field Imager (WFI) camera, on the MPG/ESO […]

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Hubble Image of Wolf-Rayet Galaxy SBS 1415+437

July 2, 2015

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Hubble Views Wolf-Rayet Galaxy SBS 1415+437

Hubble gets a closer look Wolf-Rayet galaxy SBS 1415+437, a star-bursting galaxy with an unusually high number of extremely hot and massive stars known as Wolf-Rayet stars. This NASA/European Space Agency (ESA) Hubble Space Telescope picture shows a galaxy named SBS 1415+437 (also called SDSS CGB 12067.1), located about 45 million light-years from Earth. These […]

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15 Must-See Nebula Images from the European Southern Observatory

June 29, 2015

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Reflection Nebula Messier 78

Over the years the European Southern Observatory has provided a state-of-the-art research facility for astronomers around the globe. Many ground breaking discoveries have been made and many breathtaking images have been recorded. The following fifteen must-see images are some of the best nebula images ever captured.

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Cassini Reveals the Spirals in Saturn’s D Ring

June 29, 2015

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Cassini Views Spirals in the D Ring

In this image NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft reveals the spiral structures in Saturn’s D ring. Although the D ring of Saturn is so thin that it’s barely noticeable compared to the rest of the ring system, it still displays structures seen in other Saturnian rings. Here the spiral structures in the D ring are on display. […]

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Hubble Views Starbursting Galaxy SBS 1415+437

June 29, 2015

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Hubble Space Telescope Views Galaxy SBS 1415+437

This Hubble image of the week shows a galaxy named SBS 1415+437 or SDSS CGB 12067.1, which is located roughly 45 million light-years from Earth. SBS 1415+437 is a Wolf–Rayet galaxy, a type of starbursting galaxy with an unusually high number of extremely hot and massive stars known as Wolf–Rayet stars. These stars can be […]

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Hubble Telescope Views Nitrogen-Rich Planetary Nebula

June 26, 2015

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Hubble Views Nitrogen-Rich Nebula

This newly released Hubble image shows planetary nebula NGC 6153, which is located about 4,000 light-years away in the southern constellation of Scorpius. The faint blue haze across the frame shows what remains of a star like the sun after it has depleted most of its fuel. When this happens, the outer layers of the […]

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New Cassini Images of Saturn’s Moon Dione

June 19, 2015

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Cassini Views of Saturn's Moon Dione

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft reveals it latest flyby images of Saturn’s moon Dione. The rugged landscape of Saturn’s fracture-faced moon Dione is revealed in images sent back by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft from its latest flyby. Cassini buzzed past Dione on June 16, coming within 321 miles (516 kilometers) of the moon’s surface. Raw, unprocessed images from […]

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NASA’s AIM Spacecraft Observes Noctilucent Clouds

June 19, 2015

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AIM Spacecraft Observes Noctilucent Clouds

This composite image shows noctilucent clouds over the Arctic captured by NASA’s Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere Spacecraft. In the late spring and summer, unusual clouds form high in the atmosphere above the polar regions of the world. As the lower atmosphere warms, the upper atmosphere gets coooler, and ice crystals form on meteor […]

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Cassini Image: Tethys ‘Eyes’ Saturn

June 15, 2015

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Cassini Image Shows Craters on Tethys

This newly released image from the Cassini Spacecraft shows two large craters on Saturn’s moon Tethys. The two large craters on Tethys, near the line where day fades to night, almost resemble two giant eyes observing Saturn. The location of these craters on Tethys’ terminator throws their topography into sharp relief. Both are large craters, […]

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Hubble Views Irregular Blue Compact Dwarf Galaxy UGC 11411

June 15, 2015

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Hubble Image of Irregular Blue Compact Dwarf Galaxy UGC 11411

This newly released Hubble image shows irregular blue compact dwarf (BCD) galaxy UGC 11411. BCD galaxies are about a tenth of the size of a typical spiral galaxy such as the Milky Way, and are made up of large clusters of hot, massive stars that ionise the surrounding gas with their intense radiation. Because these […]

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New Pluto Images from New Horizons

June 12, 2015

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New Images from New Horizons

As NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft speeds closer to the Pluto system new images of Pluto are emerging, giving a better view of Pluto’s surface features. A series of new images obtained by the spacecraft’s telescopic Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) during May 29-June 2 show Pluto is a complex world with very bright and very […]

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VLT/SPHERE Reveal a Star Giving Birth to a Butterfly-Like Planetary Nebula

June 11, 2015

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Image of L2 Puppis and Its Surroundings

ESO’s Very Large Telescope reveals for the first time what appears to be an aging star in the early stages of forming a butterfly-like planetary nebula. These observations of the red giant star L2 Puppis, from the ZIMPOL mode of the newly installed SPHERE instrument, also clearly showed a close companion. The dying stages of […]

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Newest Dawn Images View Bright Spots on Ceres

June 10, 2015

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New Image of Bright Spots on Ceres

New images taken on June 6, 2015 get a closer look at the mysterious bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres. New images of dwarf planet Ceres, taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, show the cratered surface of this mysterious world in sharper detail than ever before. These are among the first snapshots from Dawn’s second mapping […]

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NGC 6503: A Lonely Galaxy “Lost in Space”

June 10, 2015

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Hubble Views Lonely Galaxy NGC 6503

This newly released Hubble image shows galaxy NGC 6503, which is located at the edge of what astronomers call the Local Void. Most galaxies are clumped together in groups or clusters. A neighboring galaxy is never far away. But this galaxy, known as NGC 6503, has found itself in a lonely position, at the edge […]

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ALMA Reveals Star Formation in the Distant Universe

June 9, 2015

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Sharpest View Ever of Star Formation in the Distant Universe

ALMA’s Long Baseline Campaign has revealed the sharpest image to date of star formation in the distant universe. ALMA’s Long Baseline Campaign has produced a spectacular image of a distant galaxy being gravitationally lensed. The image shows a magnified view of the galaxy’s star-forming regions, the likes of which have never been seen before at […]

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ESO Image of the Week: A Wide View of the Crab Nebula

June 8, 2015

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New ESO Image of the Crab Nebula

This newly released image from the European Southern Observatory shows a wide view of the Crab Nebula. The Crab Nebula, which also goes by the names Messier 1, NGC 1952 and Taurus A, is one of the best studied astronomical objects in the sky. It is the remnant of a supernova explosion which was observed […]

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Hubble Image of Irregular Galaxy PGC 18431

June 8, 2015

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Dwarf Irregular Galaxy PGC 18431

This newly released Hubble image shows irregular galaxy PGC 18431. There are many galaxies in the Universe and although there is plenty of room, they tend to stick together. The Milky Way, for example, is part of a large gathering of over fifty galaxies known as the Local Group. Galaxy groups like this come together […]

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