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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

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fromquarkstoquasars:

The Death Stars of Orion:
Oftentimes, we don’t take a moment to appreciate how utterly tame our sun is. It isn’t prone to spitting out cataclysmic solar flares or CMEs; the orbit our of planet remains steady (preventing Earth from being stuck in an proverbial battle between Jack Frost and a dragon) and, most of all, it isn’t neither hot enough or too bright for it to completely sterilize Earth’s surface. (Without these things, there would be no us) On the other end of the stellar spectrum; we have type-O stars, which can be seen as the real-life counterparts of the death star. Read all about them here: http://goo.gl/WFLSs4
Image Credit: NASA/ESA

fromquarkstoquasars:

The Death Stars of Orion:

Oftentimes, we don’t take a moment to appreciate how utterly tame our sun is. It isn’t prone to spitting out cataclysmic solar flares or CMEs; the orbit our of planet remains steady (preventing Earth from being stuck in an proverbial battle between Jack Frost and a dragon) and, most of all, it isn’t neither hot enough or too bright for it to completely sterilize Earth’s surface. (Without these things, there would be no us)

On the other end of the stellar spectrum; we have type-O stars, which can be seen as the real-life counterparts of the death star. Read all about them here: http://goo.gl/WFLSs4

Image Credit: NASA/ESA

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spaceplasma:

Space Music: Symphonies of the Planets

Possibly one of NASA’s most avant-garde projects ever, SYMPHONIES OF THE PLANETS is a five-CD set that is now out of print. Put simply, it consists of recordings made by Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 as they passed by the various planets and moons of our solar system. Although sound as we perceive it cannot travel in the vacuum of space, each planet and moon emits its own electromagnetic “signature” that can be picked up by the right instruments, and those emanations can be converted into sound and recorded onto compact discs for your listening enjoyment. 

Symphonies of the planets (CD 1)
Symphonies of the Planets (CD 2)  

This has been one of the gems in my iTunes library that I occasionally listen to as I drift off to sleep…embrace it. These are the detectable “conversations” taking place within our solar neighborhood.

sagansense:

spaceplasma:

Space Music: Symphonies of the Planets

Possibly one of NASA’s most avant-garde projects ever, SYMPHONIES OF THE PLANETS is a five-CD set that is now out of print. Put simply, it consists of recordings made by Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 as they passed by the various planets and moons of our solar system. Although sound as we perceive it cannot travel in the vacuum of space, each planet and moon emits its own electromagnetic “signature” that can be picked up by the right instruments, and those emanations can be converted into sound and recorded onto compact discs for your listening enjoyment.

This has been one of the gems in my iTunes library that I occasionally listen to as I drift off to sleep…embrace it. These are the detectable “conversations” taking place within our solar neighborhood.