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Spiral Galaxy NGC 4565
The first galaxy pictured here is NGC 4565, which for obvious reasons is also called the Needle Galaxy. First spotted in 1785 by Uranus' discoverer, Sir William Herschel (1738-1822), this is one of the most famous example of an edge-on spiral galaxy and is located some 30 million light-years away in the constellation Coma Berenices (Berenice's Hair). It displays a bright yellowish central bulge that juts out above most impressive dust lanes.
Because it is relatively close (it is only 12 times farther away than Messier 31, the Andromeda galaxy, which is the major galaxy closest to us) and relatively large (roughly one third larger than the Milky Way), it does not fit entirely into the field of view of the FORS instrument (about 7 x 7 arcmin2).
Many background galaxies are also visible in this FORS image, giving full meaning to their nickname of "island universes".
*Credit: *ESO
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Love this breed of dogs 
How sweet family aaaaaaawww
The Siberian Husky is a beautiful dog breed with a thick coat that comes in a multitude of colors and markings. Their blue or multi-colored eyes and striking facial masks only add to the appeal of this breed, which originated in Siberia. It is easy to see why many are drawn to the Siberian’s wolf-like looks, but be aware that this athletic, intelligent dog can be independent and challenging for first-time dog owners. Huskies also put the “H” in Houdini and need a fenced yard that is sunk in the ground to prevent escapes...

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Some of the most breathtaking views in the Universe are created by nebulae — hot, glowing clouds of gas. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the center of the Lagoon Nebula, an object with a deceptively tranquil name, in the constellation of Sagittarius. The region is filled with intense winds from hot stars, churning funnels of gas, and energetic star formation, all embedded within an intricate haze of gas and pitch-dark dust.

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Trauger (Jet Propulson Laboratory)

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Geekscape of the Day: Across The Multiverse
Artist: Ivan Laliashvili   Source: .

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This is the Crab Nebula, which is one of the coolest pictures ever. What you see is the remnants of a supernova--the incredibly energetic explosion that ends the life of a star and producing heavy elements from lighter ones.

This particular nebula has been traced back to a bright light seen in the year 1054 by Chinese astronomers. Back then it would have been much brighter than everything in the sky except the sun and moon. Today, what is left of that star can be seen in incredible detail in this Hubble mosaic.

Credit NASA, ESA, Hubble, J. Hester and A. Loll (Arizona State University)

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very cool
" The universe is full of surprises"
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