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spacettf:

Egg Nebula by geckzilla on Flickr.

spacettf:

Egg Nebula by geckzilla on Flickr.

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fuckyeah-space:

The most unbelievable star in the cosmos. It takes HOURS for LIGHT to travel around the circumference.

fuckyeah-space:

The most unbelievable star in the cosmos. It takes HOURS for LIGHT to travel around the circumference.

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mothernaturenetwork:

'Earth cousin' discovery a milestone in search for alien lifeThe exoplanet Kepler-186f indicates that life could be sustainable around M dwarf stars, despite their dimness.

mothernaturenetwork:

'Earth cousin' discovery a milestone in search for alien life
The exoplanet Kepler-186f indicates that life could be sustainable around M dwarf stars, despite their dimness.

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thenewenlightenmentage:

NGC 3718 (at right) is a warped spiral galaxy embedded in the Ursa Major constellation. According to NASA, gravity exerted on NGC 3718 by its neighbor, NGC 3729 (at left), is probably responsible for the twisting and stretching of the galaxy’s arms.
Image Credit: FRED HERRMANN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT

thenewenlightenmentage:

NGC 3718 (at right) is a warped spiral galaxy embedded in the Ursa Major constellation. According to NASA, gravity exerted on NGC 3718 by its neighbor, NGC 3729 (at left), is probably responsible for the twisting and stretching of the galaxy’s arms.

Image Credit: FRED HERRMANN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT

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vertigoheadspace:

APOD site pics of NGC 6357:

1) Star Forming Region NGC 6357 by Davide De Martin (ESA/Hubble), ESA, ESO, NASA, FITS Liberator & Digitized Sky Survey 2    Dec. 20, 2006

2) Massive Stars in NGC 6357 by Johannes Schedler (Panther Observatory)    Oct. 9, 2008

3) A Massive Star in NGC 6357 by NASA,ESA, and J. M. Apellaniz (IAA, Spain)    Nov. 21, 2010

4) NGC 6357: Cathedral to Massive Stars by NASA, ESA, Jesus Maiz Apellaniz (IAA, Spain)   Nov 18, 2012

thenewenlightenmentage:

New Dwarf Planet Found at Solar System’s Edge, Hints at Possible Faraway ‘Planet X’
Astronomers have found a new dwarf planet far beyond Pluto’s orbit, suggesting that this distant realm contains millions of undiscovered objects — including, perhaps, a world larger than Earth.
The newfound celestial body, called 2012 VP113, joins the dwarf planet Sedna as a confirmed resident of a far-flung and largely unexplored region scientists call the “inner Oort Cloud.” Further, 2012 VP113 and Sedna may have been pulled into their long, looping orbits by a big planet lurking unseen in these frigid depths.
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thenewenlightenmentage:

New Dwarf Planet Found at Solar System’s Edge, Hints at Possible Faraway ‘Planet X’

Astronomers have found a new dwarf planet far beyond Pluto’s orbit, suggesting that this distant realm contains millions of undiscovered objects — including, perhaps, a world larger than Earth.

The newfound celestial body, called 2012 VP113, joins the dwarf planet Sedna as a confirmed resident of a far-flung and largely unexplored region scientists call the “inner Oort Cloud.” Further, 2012 VP113 and Sedna may have been pulled into their long, looping orbits by a big planet lurking unseen in these frigid depths.

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thedemon-hauntedworld:

IC 2574: Coddington’s Nebula  Dwarf galaxy IC 2574 shows clear evidence of intense star forming activity in its telltale pinkish regions of glowing hydrogen gas. Just as in spiral galaxies, the turbulent star-forming regions in IC 2574 are churned by stellar winds and supernova explosions spewing material into the galaxy’s interstellar medium and triggering further star formation. A mere 12 million light-years distant, IC 2574 is part of the M81 group of galaxies, seen toward the northern constellation Ursa Major. Also known as Coddington’s Nebula, the lovely island universe is about 50,000 light-years across, discovered by American astronomer Edwin Coddington in 1898.
Credit: Stephen Leshin

thedemon-hauntedworld:

IC 2574: Coddington’s Nebula
Dwarf galaxy IC 2574 shows clear evidence of intense star forming activity in its telltale pinkish regions of glowing hydrogen gas. Just as in spiral galaxies, the turbulent star-forming regions in IC 2574 are churned by stellar winds and supernova explosions spewing material into the galaxy’s interstellar medium and triggering further star formation. A mere 12 million light-years distant, IC 2574 is part of the M81 group of galaxies, seen toward the northern constellation Ursa Major. Also known as Coddington’s Nebula, the lovely island universe is about 50,000 light-years across, discovered by American astronomer Edwin Coddington in 1898.

Credit: Stephen Leshin

whoagifs:

Projected Andromeda-Milky Way collision (over billions of years)

whoagifs:

Projected Andromeda-Milky Way collision (over billions of years)

the-wolf-and-moon:

Hydra Cluster of Galaxies

the-wolf-and-moon:

Hydra Cluster of Galaxies