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The Heart Nebula, also known as IC 1805 is located about 7,500 light-years away toward the constellation Cassiopeia. In this image, astrophotographer Steve Coates of Ocala, Fla. focuses of the nebula%u2019s central region%u2014young star cluster called Melotte 15.

A NASA Hubble Space Telescope composite image shows the positions of comet Siding Spring and Mars as the comet streaked by the red planet, at 2:28 p.m. EDT on Oct. 19, 2014.

Wow! This Hubble Telescope Photo of Mars with a Comet Is Amazing

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Galaxy NGC 1291 --- It might look like a spoked wheel or even a "Chakram" weapon wielded by warriors like "Xena," from the fictional TV show, but this ringed galaxy is actually a vast place of stellar life. A newly released image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the galaxy NGC 1291. Though the galaxy is quite old, roughly 12 billion years, it is marked by an unusual ring where newborn stars are igniting.

Galactic Wheel of Life Shines in Infrared

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The eggs from this chicken may form into stars. The above pictured emission nebula, cataloged as IC 2944, is called the Running Chicken Nebula for the shape of its greater appearance. The image was taken recently from Siding Spring Observatory in Australia and presented in scientifically assigned colors. Seen near the center of the image are small, dark molecular clouds rich in obscuring cosmic dust.

APOD: 2014 March 5 - Globules in the Running Chicken Nebula

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Bill Snyder of the United States gives the Horsehead Nebula (IC 434) a new twist, looking not only at the the horse's head, but the gas and dust at its base. Read the Full Story Here.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 Winners (Amazing Photos)

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Meet NGC 3314: a galaxy found in the constellation of Hydra more than 140 million light-years from Earth ...

We have a vast collection of colliding galaxies cataloged, but this example — designated with the name NGC 6745 — is surely one of the most unusual-looking ones. Within this frame, we see the main galaxy and what’s left of its former counterpart, which can be found in the lower right, almost out of frame. The larger of the two exhibits characteristics of a spiral galaxy, but after its encounter, it took the shape of a peculiar galaxy.

Astronomy Photo of the Day (APotD): 9/21/14 — NGC 6745

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This sky chart shows the Milky Way rising from Sagittarius constellation's Teapot as seen in the low southwestern evening sky this week. Credit: SkySafari

Milky Way Mysteries Mapped

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The Hubble Space Telescope snapped this finely detailed image of the beautiful spiral galaxy NGC 6384—an island of stars thought to resemble our own Milky Way galaxy. Credit:ESA/NASA

Milky Way Mysteries Mapped

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This 20016 Hubble Space Telescope image of the Antennae galaxies 64 million light years fro Earth is the sharpest yet of this merging pair of galaxies. Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

Milky Way Mysteries Mapped

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Understanding the Famous Hubble Ultra Deep Field --- Image Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble

Understanding the HUDF

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This picture, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2), shows a galaxy known as NGC 6872 in the constellation of Pavo (The Peacock). Its unusual shape is caused by its interactions with the smaller galaxy that can be seen just above NGC 6872, called IC 4970. They both lie roughly 300 million light-years away from Earth.

Hubble Views Two Interacting Galaxies

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Space Photos - Satellite Images - Image of the Day --- A coronal mass ejection associated with an M-class flare on the sun hurled a long stream of plasma into space on Aug. 24, 2014. Image captured by the STEREO (Behind) spacecraft. A view of the sun in extreme UV light combines here with a broader visible light view of the sun's corona. Much of the plasma lacked sufficient kinetic energy to break free from the sun's gravity, and fell back into the sun.

Image of the Day

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Saturn and Titan

The most prominent characters are the two galaxies on the left — 2MASX J16133219+5103436 at the bottom, and its blue-tinted companion SDSS J...

Galactic soup | ESA/Hubble

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This stunning image of two nebulas in the constellation Sagittarius was taken in one night by stargazer Terry Hancock. Hancock took the image of M8 and M20, the Lagoon and Trifid Nebulas, on July 6 from Fremont, Michigan. He was able to capture the image just in time.

NGC 3293 is located in the constellation Carina and is one of the brightest in the southern sky. It can easily be seen with the naked eye on...

This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the galaxy cluster MCS J0416.1-2403. This is one of six being studied by the Hubbl...

New mass map of distant galaxy cluster is most precise yet

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A cluster of young stars glows against a backdrop of red dust and gas 8,000 light-years from Earth. Image released July 23, 2014. Credit: E...

Astronomers have probed the extreme outskirts of the stunning elliptical galaxy Centaurus A. The galaxy's halo of stars has been found to extend much further from the galaxy's center than expected and the stars within this halo seem to be surprisingly rich in heavy elements. This is the most remote portion of an elliptical galaxy ever to have been explored.

From ground-based telescopes, the so-called "ant nebula" (Menzel 3, or Mz 3) resembles the head and thorax of a garden-variety ant. This dra...

Ants in Space? | ESA/Hubble

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NASA has released an image taken by the Hubble space telescope of a cluster of stars in a neighboring galaxy. Its name -- NGC 121 -- This so-called globular cluster is in a galaxy known as the Small Magellanic Cloud, which, at a distance of about 200,000 light-years, is one of the Milky Way's closest neighbors

Hubble Sees the Oldest Cluster in Milky Way Neighbor

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