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Peninsula of Quiberon, Brittany, France

"A tiger underwater" Pam Wood (Watsonville, CA) Photographed July 2008, Vallejo, CA // www.smithsonianma...

Sorrento Back Beach, Australia photo via fragile

This is an actual photograph of our Sun being eclipsed by Saturn. This amazing photograph was taken by the Cassini Space probe, looking in on our Solar System. On the edge of the rings, in the upper left-hand side, is a pale blue dot…Earth.

An encounter between these two spiral galaxies, called Arp 273, has created twisted shapes, stretched spiral arms, and regions of intense star formation. The larger galaxy has been distorted into the shape of a rose by the gravitational pull of the smaller companion galaxy. Along the stretched spiral arms are clusters of hot, young, blue stars. A flurry of star formation also can be seen in the core of the companion galaxy. Arp 273 lies in the constellation Andromeda.

A black hole: physicists hope to mimic this peculiar cosmic phenomenon in the lab.