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These two galaxies, NGC 4438 and NGC 4435, nicknamed “the Eyes” are located in the Virgo Cluster about 50 million lightyears away. While the galaxies seem quite close in the image, they are actually separated by about 100,000 lightyears (about the diameter of our Galaxy, the Milky Way).

This striking image, taken with the instrument on the Very Large Telescope, shows a beautiful yet peculiar pair of galaxies, NGC 4438 and NGC nicknamed The Eyes.

SN 2006GY: Brightest Supernova (May 10 2007)  Credit: X-ray: NASA / CXC, Nathan Smith, Weidong Li (UC Berkeley) et al.;   IR: PAIRITEL/Lick/UC Berkeley/J.Bloom, C.Hansen The stellar explosion cataloged as supernova SN 2006gy shines in this wide-field image (left) of its host galaxy, NGC 1260, and expanded view (upper right panel) of the region surrounding the galaxy's core. In fact, given its estimated distance of 240 million light-years, SN 2006gy was brighter than (...) #astronomy

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Hubble's Glitter galaxy: The ESO 318-13 galaxy

Galaxy ESO lies millions of light-years from Earth, but Hubble Space Telescope shows it with remarkable clarity in this image. The bright star that appears to shine from within the galaxy actually belongs to our galaxy.

Gangly Spiral Galaxy NGC 3184

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Proof That We Are Really Insignificant…

Hubble pointed its telescope to a tiny section of the universe and looked deeply int space. Six months late this is what it found.

Proxima Centauri’nin Hubble Uzay Teleskobu tarafından alınmış bir fotoğrafı.Fotoğraf: Marco Lorenzi

Hubble image of our closest stellar neighbour: Proxima Centauri

A young star takes centre stage With its helical appearance resembling a snail’s…

The star in the center, known as Cyg and located in the dark cloud LDN 981 is a T Tauri — or Young Stellar Object — that is starting to contract to become a main sequence star similar to the sun.

Revelation 8 and 10  -  Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water.

Revelation 8 and 10 - Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water.

SN 2005ap: The Brightest Supernova Yet Found (Oct 16 2007)  Credit: SDSS, R. Quimby/McDonald Obs./UT-Austin What could cause a bang this big? This supernova explosion was so inherently bright that it could be seen nearly 5 billion light years away (a redshift of 0.28) even with a small telescope. Specific colors emitted during SN 2005ap indicate that it was a Type II supernova, a breed of stellar explosion that results when a high mass star begins fusing heavy elements in or near its core.

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NGC 5408 is an irregular galaxy in the constellation Centaurus. It was discovered by John Herschel on June 5, 1834.via Twitter Universe Pics

A Messy Galaxy, Frosty Foxes, Fiery Clouds and Other Amazing Images of the WeekSee all of our favorite images from this past week here. Photography by ESA/Hubble & NASA (Top), US Department of.

The Messier 66 Spiral Galaxy, the largest “player” of the Leo Triplet, and a galaxy with an unusual anatomy: it displays asymmetric spiral arms and an apparently displaced core. The peculiar anatomy is most likely caused by the gravitational pull of the other two members of the trio.

The unusual spiral galaxy, Messier has asymmetric spiral arms and a displaced core. Messier 66 is the largest member of the Leo Triplet, a trio of interacting spiral galaxies.

Milky Way May Be Made with Swapped Gas

Milky Way May Be Made with Swapped Gas

A Month in space: A pulsar found racing away from a supernova remnant

Mickey Mouse on Mercury, space lichen and a little blue astronaut bird – in pictures

Has the Speediest Pulsar Been Found? "Researchers using three different telescopes -- NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton in space, and the Parkes radio telescope in Australia -- may have found the fastest moving pulsar ever seen.

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Supernova Survivor (Feb 12 2004)  Credit: Justyn R. Maund (IoA/Univ. Cambridge) et al., ESA   Inset Left: Isaac Newton Telescope, Bottom: Hubble WFPC2, Right: Hubble ACS Beginning with a full view of beautiful spiral galaxy M81, follow the insets (left, bottom, then right) to zoom in on a real survivor. Seen at the center of the final field on the right is a star recently identified as the survivor of a cosmic cataclysm -- the supernova explosion of its companion star. #astronomy

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