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Astronomy Picture of the Day - An Unusual Globule in IC 1396

Is there a monster in IC 1396? Known to some as the Elephant's Trunk Nebula, parts of gas and dust clouds of this star formation region may appear to take on foreboding forms, some nearly human.

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What would it be like to fall to Earth from really high up?

A new record for the highest jump was accomplished in 2012 by Felix Baumgartner. The below video records his four minutes and 19 seconds of free fall in real time.

Watch the video here: GoPro: Red Bull Stratos - The Full Story
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Comet ISON Rising!

This time-lapse video shows Comet ISON captured rising over the Canary Islands just above the morning sun a few days ago. If the comet's nucleus survives, the coma and the tails it sheds might well be visible rising ahead of the Sun in the next few days or weeks.

ISON comet time lapse
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Getting consistently good views of planets and other targets in the night sky can seem a bit hit and miss to the new telescope user. This very helpful video will help you optimise your viewing experience!

Watch here - Observing planets: optimising your views
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The Incredible Expanding Crab:

The Crab Nebula is catalogued as M1, the first on Charles Messier's famous list of things which are not comets. In fact, the Crab is now known to be a supernova remnant, an expanding cloud of debris from the explosion of a massive star. The violent birth of the Crab was witnessed by astronomers in the year 1054. Roughly 10 light-years across today, the nebula is still expanding at a rate of over 1,000km per second. 

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130905.html
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Wow! What a fantastic picture!

This fantastic skyscape lies near the edge of NGC 2174 a star forming region about 6,400 light-years away in the nebula-rich constellation of Orion.

More details: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
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The Colourful Clouds of Rho Ophiuchi:

The many spectacular colours of the Rho Ophiuchi (oh'-fee-yu-kee) clouds highlight the many processes that occur there. 
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A Rare Hybrid Solar Eclipse!

A spectacular geocentric celestial event of 2005 was a rare hybrid eclipse of the Sun - a total or an annular eclipse could be seen depending on the observer's location.
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The Pleiades Star Cluster:

Have you ever seen the Pleiades star cluster? Even if you have, you probably have never seen it as dusty as this. Perhaps the most famous star cluster on the sky, the bright stars of the Pleiades 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 star cluster becomes very evident. 

The below exposure took about 30 hours and covers a sky area several times the size of the full moon
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A Retreating Thunderstorm at Sunset:

This retreating cumulonimbus cloud, more commonly called a thundercloud, is somewhat unusual as it contains the unusual bumpiness of a mammatus cloud on the near end, while simultaneously producing falling rain on the far end.
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