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The Sombrero Galaxy

In this image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope you can see the Sombrero Galaxy (Messier 104, NGC 4594). It is located in the constellation Virgo (The Virgin, https://goo.gl/jNrR2G), about 28 million light-years away from Earth. The galaxy is roughly 50,000 light-years across. It is an an unbarred spiral galaxy with a large central bulge.

We see M104 almost edge-on, this view together with the large central bulge and the darker dust lane give it the appearance of a sombrero. The galaxy has a central supermassive black hole (https://goo.gl/eQNC6O) with a mass about 1 billion times the mass of the Sun.

The Sombrero Galaxy was discovered on May 11, 1781 by the French astronomer Pierre Méchain (https://goo.gl/cGcCMS).

More information here:
http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo0328a/

More images of the Sombrero Galaxy:
http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/images/1419-ssc2005-11a-Spitzer-Spies-Spectacular-Sombrero

What is an unbarred spiral galaxy?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unbarred_spiral_galaxy

More on the different types of galaxies:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galaxy_morphological_classification

Image credit: Messier 104 NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA) http://goo.gl/puFge CC BY 3.0 http://goo.gl/7uTh

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Messier 96 - A galactic maelstrom

In this image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope you can see the spiral galaxy Messier 96 (NGC 3368). It is located in the constellation of Leo (The Lion), about 35 million light-years away from Earth and spans 100,000 light-years in diameter, pretty much like your Milky Way Galaxy. It is the largest galaxy in the Leo I group (https://goo.gl/BHgGcP) of galaxies.

Messier 96 appears a little bit distorted, probably by the gravitational pull of nearby galaxies in its group, its core isn't at the center and its spiral arms are asymmetric. In 1998 a supernova was observed in this galaxy.

More information here:
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw1535a/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messier_96

What is a spiral galaxy?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiral_galaxy

More on the different types of galaxies:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galaxy_morphological_classification

Image credit: Messier 96  ESA/Hubble & NASA and the LEGUS Team Acknowledgement: R. Gendler https://goo.gl/f9B0Mt CC BY 3.0 http://goo.gl/7uTh

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Astronomers find a massive black hole that outgrew its galaxy

Astronomers have spotted a super-sized black hole in the early universe that grew much faster than its host galaxy CID-947. The discovery runs counter to most observations about black holes, which are massive areas of space with extraordinarily strong gravity that can pull in anything — even light. In most cases, black holes and their host galaxies expand at the same rate.

Full story here:
http://news.yale.edu/2015/07/09/astronomers-find-massive-black-hole-outgrew-its-galaxy

More on supermassive black holes:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supermassive_black_hole

Image credit: This artist’s impression illustrates how high-speed jets from supermassive black holes would look. ESA/Hubble, L. Calçada (ESO) http://bit.ly/1J8y54r CC BY 3.0 http://bit.ly/1BSTMl1

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Seljalandsfoss , Iceland  ||  +Amazing things in the world 

Seljalandsfoss is a waterfall in Iceland. It was a waypoint during the first leg of The Amazing Race 6.

Seljalandsfoss is situated between Selfoss and Skógafoss, where Route 1 (the Ring Road) meets the track going to Þórsmörk.

This waterfall of the river Seljalandsá drops 60 metres (200 ft) over the cliffs of the former coastline. It is possible to walk behind the waterfall.

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Woody half way through reading 'Mary Oliver's Dog Songs'
I call his name.... 

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Mary reading a poem
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRv53nn_J9g

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The Red Spider Nebula - NGC 6537

In this image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope we can see the Red Spider Nebula (NGC 6537) in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer). Located in its center is a white dwarf with a surface temperature that is believed to be in the 150,000-250,000 K range, possibly even hotter.

More information here:
http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0109a/
http://www.astrophotolab.com/pr/n0109esa.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Spider_Nebula

What is a white dwarf?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_dwarf

Image credit: ESA & Garrelt Mellema (Leiden University, the Netherlands) http://bit.ly/1MyWq6f (CC BY 3.0) http://bit.ly/1KWAsNb

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"The Emerald Gorge"
Karijini National Park, Western Australia

Karijini National Park in Western Australia is one of my favorite places on the planet to photograph. Set in the heart of the Australian Outback is a series of incredible gorges and emerald pools that are nothing short of a photographer's paradise. I can't wait to get back there and continue to explore!

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Absolutely beautiful!
 
I hope you all have a fantastic amazing wonderful lovely weekend! Enjoy watching the spectacular video of Niagara Falls, which are probably the most famous waterfalls in the world. 

Niagara Falls are actually three waterfalls(Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls) Which sit right on the border between the United States and Canada. The Falls drop on the highest spot from more than 50 meters and every minutes it conveys a little more than 110,000 Cubic meters of water on average.

#niagarafalls   #niagara   #waterfall   #waterfallphotos   #waterfallvideo   #wonderful   #amazing   #amazingplacestosee   #amazingplacestovisit  
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_View of the Milky Way off of Yokohama Beach near Keana Point (westernmost tip of Oahu), Hawaii
Photo credit: Into the Sea by Marshall Humble on Flickr

A galaxy is a collection of stars and interstellar material held together by gravity. The galaxy our Sun lives in is called the Milky Way or the Galaxy (note the capital 'G'). The name `Milky Way' comes from the band of light that is seen overhead on very dark nights. The ancients called it the Celestial River. Galileo showed that the band is actually an edge-on concentration of stars seen looking through the disk of our Galaxy from the inside.

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