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The Sombrero Galaxy
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http://21space.info/ NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope joined forces to create this striking composite image of one of the most popular sights in the universe. Messier 104 is commonly known as the Sombrero galaxy because in visible light, it resembles the broad-brimmed Mexican hat. However, in Spitzer's striking infrared view, the galaxy looks more like a "bull's eye."
Spitzer's full view shows the disk is warped, which is often the result of a gravitational encounter with another galaxy, and clumpy areas spotted in the far edges of the ring indicate young star-forming regions.
The Sombrero galaxy is located some 28 million light-years away. Viewed from Earth, it is just six degrees south of its equatorial plane. Spitzer detected infrared emission not only from the ring, but from the center of the galaxy too, where there is a huge black hole, believed to be a billion times more massive than our Sun.
The Spitzer picture is composed of four images taken at 3.6 (blue), 4.5 (green), 5.8 (orange), and 8.0 (red) microns. The contribution from starlight (measured at 3.6 microns) has been subtracted from the 5.8 and 8-micron images to enhance the visibility of the dust features.

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NASA/JPL-Caltech and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
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Geekscape of the Day: Unexpected Kindness
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If Saturn were as close to the Earth as the Moon is, this is how it would look.

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On Saturday I made the long drive from the Grand Canyon to find clear skies in Nevada for the Geminids meteor shower. I picked a remote location called Little Finland but underestimated the time it would take to get there, thankfully on the way was this location called Whitney Pockets. After a fantastic sunset and rainbows from the clearing storm I set up for my long night of shooting. I setup both the Fuji XT-1 and the X-E1, I ended up catching a lot more meteors with the X-E1 facing East in the early evening. Fortunately it was a beautiful calm night and I was able to lay outside in my sleeping bag watching the meteors for several hours before I dozed off.

In all I captured 24 meteors, I composited them all into one shot and corrected their rotation to match the radiant of the background image. Taken with a Rokinon 12mm f/2 at f/2 ISO 6400, 25s when the moon was down, and 15s when the moon rose. For the forgeground I used one light painted exposure.
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