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A Sagittarius Triplet
These three bright nebulae are often featured on telescopic tours of the constellation Sagittarius and the crowded starfields of the central Milky Way. In fact, 18th century cosmic tourist Charles Messier cataloged two of them; M8, the large nebula above and left of center, and colorful M20 near the bottom of the frame. The third emission region includes NGC 6559, right of M8 and separated from the larger nebula by a dark dust lane. All three are stellar nurseries about five thousand light-years or so distant. Over a hundred light-years across the expansive M8 is also known as the Lagoon Nebula. M20's popular moniker is the Trifid. Glowing hydrogen gas creates the dominant red color of the emission nebulae. In striking contrast, blue hues in the Trifid are due to dust reflected starlight. The colorful composite skyscape was recorded with two different telescopes to capture a widefield image of the area and individual close-ups at higher resolution.

Image Credit & Copyright: Josep Drudis
Josep's website: http://www.astrodrudis.com
Release Date: July 27, 2017

+Astronomy Picture of the Day (APoD)

#NASA #Astronomy #Science #Space #Nebulae #M8 #M20 #Trifid #NGC6559 #Nebula #Lagoon #Sagittarius #MilkyWay #Cosmos #Universe #Astrophotography #Telescope #STEM #Education #APoD
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The Milky Way over Monument Valley
Image Credit & Copyright: Tom Masterson
https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap170726.html

You don't have to be at Monument Valley to see the Milky Way arc across the sky like this -- but it helps. Only at Monument Valley USA would you see a picturesque foreground that includes these iconic rock peaks called buttes. Buttes are composed of hard rock left behind after water has eroded away the surrounding soft rock. In the featured image taken in 2012, the closest butte on the left and the butte to its right are known as the Mittens, while Merrick Butte can be seen farther to the right. Green airglow fans up from the horizon. High overhead stretches a band of diffuse light that is the central disk of our spiral Milky Way Galaxy. The band of the Milky Way can be spotted by almost anyone on almost any clear night when far enough from a city and surrounding bright lights, but a sensitive digital camera is needed to capture these colors in a dark night sky.
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Over the Limb of Pluto | NASA's New Horizons

Pluto portrait by Kevin Gill using New Horizons image data.

Pluto (minor-planet designation: 134340 Pluto) is a dwarf planet in the Kuiper Belt, a ring of bodies beyond Neptune. It was the first Kuiper belt object to be discovered. Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930 and was originally considered to be the ninth planet from the Sun. After 1992, its status as a planet was questioned following the discovery of several objects of similar size in the Kuiper belt. In 2005, Eris, a dwarf planet in the scattered disc which is 27% more massive than Pluto, was discovered. This led the International Astronomical Union (IAU) to define the term "planet" formally in 2006, during their 26th General Assembly. That definition excluded Pluto and reclassified it as a dwarf planet. (Source: Wikipedia)

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/Lunar and Planetary Institute
Processing: Kevin Gill

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Rendered using Autodesk Maya and Adobe Photoshop
Using Pluto basemap and elevation model
Source: http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/Multimedia/Science-Photos/image.php?gallery_id=2&image_id=507

+NASA New Horizons
+Lunar and Planetary Institute
+NASA Solar System Exploration
+NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
+NASA Marshall
+JHU Applied Physics Laboratory

#NASA #Astronomy #Space #Science #NewHorizons #Pluto #Dwarf #Planet #KuiperBelt #UnitedStates #Spacecraft #JPL #SolarSystem #MSFC #JohnsHopkins #JHUAPL #APL #STEM #Education #PlutoFlyby #Exploration #History #SwRI #SouthwestResearchInstitute #Visualization
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Seeing double | European Southern Observatory
Approximately 95 million light-years away, in the southern constellation of Octans (The Octant), lies NGC 7098—an intriguing spiral galaxy with numerous sets of double features. The first of NGC 7098’s double features is a duo of distinct ring-like structures that loop around the galaxy’s hazy heart. These are NGC 7098’s spiral arms, which have wound themselves around the galaxy’s luminous core. This central region hosts a second double feature: a double bar.

NGC 7098 has also developed features known as ansae, visible as small, bright streaks at each end of the central region. Ansae are visible areas of overdensity—they commonly take looping, linear, or circular shapes, and can be found at the extremities of planetary ring systems, in nebulous clouds, and, as is the case with NGC 7098, in parts of galaxies that are packed to the brim with stars.

This image is formed from data gathered by the FOcal Reducer and low dispersion Spectrograph (FORS) instrument, installed on ESO’s Very Large Telescope at Paranal Observatory. An array of distant galaxies are also visible throughout the frame, the most prominent being the small, edge-on, spiral galaxy visible to the left of NGC 7098, known as ESO 048-G007.

Credit: European Southern Observatory (ESO)
Release Date: July 24, 2017

+European Southern Observatory (ESO)

#ESO #Astronomy #Science #Space #Galaxy #Spiral #Ansae #NGC7098 #Octans #Cosmos #Universe #VLT #Telescope #Paranal #Observatory #Chile #SouthAmerica #STEM #Education
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Mercury as Revealed by MESSENGER
Image Credit: MESSENGER, +NASA, JHU APL, CIW
https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap170723.html

Mercury had never been seen like this before. In 2008, the robotic MESSENGER spacecraft buzzed past Mercury for the second time and imaged terrain mapped previously only by comparatively crude radar. The featured image was recorded as MESSENGER looked back 90 minutes after passing, from an altitude of about 27,000 kilometers. Visible in the image, among many other newly imaged features, are unusually long rays that appear to run like meridians of longitude out from a young crater near the northern limb. MESSENGER entered orbit around Mercury in 2011 and finished its primary mission in 2012, but took detailed measurements until 2015, at which time it ran out of fuel and so was instructed to impact Mercury's surface.
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Waning Moon and Venus at Dawn

Alan: "The thin 26-day-old waning crescent Moon, with Earthshine, below Venus in the dawn twilight, July 21, 2017."

Credit: Alan Dyer
Alan's Website: http://www.AmazingSky.com
Location: Alberta, Canada
Image Date: July 21, 2017

Technical details: This is a single exposure with the 85mm Rokinon lens and Canon 6D.

#Astronomy #Space #Science #Moon #Waning #Crescent #Earthshine #Venus #Planet #Stars #Dawn #Twilight #Astrophotography #Photography #Art #Panorama #SolarSystem #Cosmos #Universe #Earth #Canada #Alberta #STEM #Education
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Waning Moon and Venus at Dawn

Alan: "The thin 26-day-old waning crescent Moon, with Earthshine, below Venus in the dawn twilight, July 21, 2017."

Credit: Alan Dyer
Alan's Website: http://www.AmazingSky.com
Location: Alberta, Canada
Image Date: July 21, 2017

Technical details: This is a single exposure with the 85mm Rokinon lens and Canon 6D.

#Astronomy #Space #Science #Moon #Waning #Crescent #Earthshine #Venus #Planet #Stars #Dawn #Twilight #Astrophotography #Photography #Art #Panorama #SolarSystem #Cosmos #Universe #Earth #Canada #Alberta #STEM #Education
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Lapin Law Offices' founder and owner +Jeffrey Lapin was quoted and one of his blog post cited in a Washington Post article about a horrible situation that occurred in Florida about teens and a drowning man.


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