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This image from Nasa's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a stellar nursery containing thousands of young stars and developing protostars near the sword of the constellation Orion. Massive stars light up the Orion nebula, the bright region near the centre of the image. To the north of the nebula is a dark filamentary cloud of cold dust and gas over five light years long, containing ruby red protostars that jewel the hilt of Orion's sword

Located approximately 300 million light-years away in the constellation of Volans, AM 0644-741 is one of the most spectacular ‘Ring Galaxies’ we currently know. - Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI)

Astronomy Picture of the Day: 11/22/13 – AM 0644-741

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Looking like a spiders web swirled into a spiral, the galaxy IC 342 presents its delicate pattern of dust in this image from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope.

Incredible Photo of our Universe

Witch's Broom Nebula: The Witch's Broom Nebula is also part of the famous Veil Nebula complex, this being the western portion. The entire complex is the remnant of a powerful supernova explosion which occurred thousands of years ago, sending elements forged in the destroyed stars core into space. The bright star is 52 Cygni.