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Thomas Wildoner

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Messier 30 – Globular Cluster in the Constellation Capricornus
M30 (NGC 7099) is a bright globular cluster located in the southern constellation Capricornus. M30 is about 27,000 light-years from the Earth. I read an abstract titled “Accreted versus In Situ Mil…
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Ronald Minch

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How to load a booster .


( Look close - there is One more )
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Luisa Jazzetti

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The Complex Ion Tail of COMET LOVEJOY

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Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) wich is currently at naked-eye brightness and near its brightest, has been showing an exquisitely detailed ion tail. As the name implies, the ion tail is made of ionized gas -- gas energized by ultraviolet light from the Sun and pushed outward by the solar wind. The solar wind is quite structured and sculpted by the Sun's complex and ever changing magnetic field. The effect of the variable solar wind combined with different gas jets venting from the comet's nucleus accounts for the tail's
complex structure. Following the wind, structure in Comet Lovejoy's tail can be seen to move outward from the Sun even alter its wavy appearance over time. The blue color of the ion tail is dominated by recombining carbon monoxide molecules. The featured three-panel mosaic images was taken nine days ago from the IRIDA Observatory in Bulgaria. Comet Lovejoy made it closest pass to the Earth two weeks ago and will be at its closest to the Sun in about ten days. After that, the Comet will fade as it heads back into the outher Solar System , to return only in about 8,000 years.
APOD, January 21 2015



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REY TORRES

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NGC 2359
also known as Thor's Helmet is an emission nebula in the constellation Canis Major. The nebula is approximately 3,670 parsecs (11.96 thousand light years) away and 30 light-years in size. The central star is the Wolf-Rayet star WR7, an extremely hot giant thought to be in a brief pre-supernova stage of evolution. Thor’s Helmet Nebula imaged on the occasion of ESO’s 50th Anniversary. ( European Southern Observatory ) 
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Antennae Galaxies reloaded



The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has snapped the best ever image of the Antennae Galaxies. Hubble has released images of these stunning galaxies twice before, once using observations from its Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) in 1997, and again in 2006from the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS). Each of Hubble’s images of the Antennae Galaxies has been better than the last, due to upgrades made during the famous servicing missions, the last of which took place in 2009.

The galaxies — also known as NGC 4038 and NGC 4039 — are locked in a deadly embrace. Once normal, sedate spiral galaxies like the Milky Way, the pair have spent the past few hundred million years sparring with one another. This clash is so violent that stars have been ripped from their host galaxies to form a streaming arc between the two. In wide-field images of the pair the reason for their name becomes clear — far-flung stars and streamers of gas stretch out into space, creating long tidal tails reminiscent of antennae.

This new image of the Antennae Galaxies shows obvious signs of chaos. Clouds of gas are seen in bright pink and red, surrounding the bright flashes of blue star-forming regions — some of which are partially obscured by dark patches of dust. The rate of star formation is so high that the Antennae Galaxies are said to be in a state of starburst, a period in which all of the gas within the galaxies is being used to form stars. This cannot last forever and neither can the separate galaxies; eventually the nuclei will coalesce, and the galaxies will begin their retirement together as one large elliptical galaxy.

This image uses visible and near-infrared observations from Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), along with some of the previously-released observations from Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS).

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Name:Antennae, Antennae Galaxies, NGC 4038, NGC 4039Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : InteractingDistance:65 million light years
Constellation:CorvusCategory:Galaxies


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REGO G.

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Estas tres brillantes nebulosas suelen figurar en los recorridos telescópicos por la constelación de Sagitario y los apretados campos de estrellas de la Vía Láctea central. Charles Messier, el turista cósmico del siglo XVIII, catalogó dos: M8, la gran nebulosa que hay a la izquierda del centro, y M20, cerca de la parte inferior. La tercera, NGC 6559, está a la derecha de M8, separada de la nebulosa más grande por bandas de polvo oscuro. Las tres son guarderías estelares que se encuentran a unos cinco mil años luz de distancia. La expansiva M8, con un diámetro de más de cien años luz, también es conocida como la nebulosa de la Laguna. El apodo popular de M20 es la Trífida. Justo a la derecha de la Trífida está M21, uno de los cúmulos estelares abiertos de Messier. En la imagen, los datos de banda estrecha muestran el hidrógeno ionizado, el oxígeno y los átomos de azufre que irradian en longitudes de onda visibles. Los colores y el nivel de brillo que se han utilizado en esta naturaleza muerta cósmica se inspiran en la famosa pintura Los girasoles de Van Gogh.
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Beau

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Hubble Captures a Colorful Demise of a Star Expelling its Outer Layers of Gas!

Credits: NASA, ESA, and K. Noll (STScI), Acknowledgment: The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
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Imagine if they were ostriches tho.... 
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When a supermassive black hole sucks in a nearby star, tidal forces rip the star apart. As the black hole consumes the star, it spits some of it back out. The resulting spaghetti-shape streaks of stellar leftovers, called tidal disruption flares, are depicted in this illustration. 
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Tiziana Gibellini

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This shining disc of a spiral galaxy sits approximately 25 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Sculptor. Named NGC 24, the galaxy was discovered by British astronomer William Herschel in 1785, and measures some 40 000 light-years across.

This picture was taken using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys, known as ACS for short. It shows NGC 24 in detail, highlighting the blue bursts (young stars), dark lanes (cosmic dust), and red bubbles (hydrogen gas) of material peppered throughout the galaxy’s spiral arms. Numerous distant galaxies can also been seen hovering around NGC 24’s perimeter.

However, there may be more to this picture than first meets the eye. Astronomers suspect that spiral galaxies like NGC 24 and the Milky Way are surrounded by, and contained within, extended haloes of dark matter. Dark matter is a mysterious substance that cannot be seen; instead, it reveals itself via its gravitational interactions with surrounding material. Its existence was originally proposed to explain why the outer parts of galaxies, including our own, rotate unexpectedly fast, but it is thought to also play an essential role in a galaxy’s formation and evolution. Most of NGC 24’s mass — a whopping 80 % — is thought to be held within such a dark halo.

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Michael Delahunt

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Moonlights

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REGO G.

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Una joya de los cielos del sur, la Gran Nebulosa de Carina, alias NGC 3372, se expande más de 300 años luz, siendo una de las regiones de formación estelar más grandes de nuestra galaxia.
Como la norteña y más pequeña Nebulosa de Orión, la Carina se puede ver fácilmente a simple vista, aunque a una distancia de 7500 años luz está a unas cinco veces más lejos.
Esta impresionante vista telescópica revela detalles extraordinarios de los filamentos resplandecientes de gas interestelar y oscuras nubes de polvo cósmicas.
La Nebulosa Carina es el hogar de estrellas extremadamente masivas y jóvenes, incluyendo la todavía enigmática estrella variable Eta Carinae , una estrella con más de 100 veces la masa de nuestro Sol.
Eta Carinae es la estrella más brillante a la izquierda de la muesca oscura central en este campo y justo debajo de la polvorienta Nebulosa Ojo de Cerradura (NGC 3324).
Créditos & Copyright: Robert Gendler yStephane Guisard

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Astronomers have discovered an alien planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest neighboring star to the sun. The planet, named Proxima b, is just slightly larger than Earth. It orbits in the star's habitable zone, which means that liquid water could exist there — and possibly even life. Despite its Earth-like features, Proxima b is still a bizarre, alien world. Read on to learn more strange facts about this newfound alien planet. 
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Rahul kumar jaiswal

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WE're Like Family ....do you agree?
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ENFIN BONNE INFINIE.
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Weberth Janio

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fotos do telescópio hublee da galaxia a1689 zd1
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The #HarvestMoon rises over Sesimbra Castle, Portugal. This image was taken by Miguel Claro, who said the disc of the moon reached 100% illumination exactly at the same time it was rising in the Portuguese sky. 
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Thomas Wildoner

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Moonset Over Rocky Mountain Nation Park in Colorado
Here is a view of the moon setting from the Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park – the aspen were just starting to pop colors. Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM lens, ISO 12…
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Tiziana Gibellini

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Heart and Soul and Double Cluster
Image Credit & Copyright: Adrien Klamerius
Explanation: This rich starfield spans almost 10 degrees across the sky toward the northern constellations Cassiopeia and Perseus. On the left, heart-shaped cosmic cloud IC 1805 and IC 1848 are popularly known as the Heart and Soul nebulae. Easy to spot on the right are star clusters NGC 869 and NGC 884 also known as h and Chi Perseii, or just the Double Cluster. Heart and Soul, with their own embedded clusters of young stars a million or so years old, are each over 200 light-years across and 6 to 7 thousand light-years away. In fact, they are part of a large, active star forming complex sprawling along the Perseus spiral arm of our Milky Way Galaxy. The Double Cluster is located at about the same distance as the Heart and Soul nebulae. Separated by only a few hundred light-years, h and Chi Perseii are physically close together, and both clusters are estimated to be about 13 million years old. Their proximity and similar stellar ages suggest both clusters are likely a product of the same star-forming region.
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Weberth Janio

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galaxia de andrômeda foto trada pelo telescópio hublee.
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Andrzej Krupa

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