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Astronomy Picture of the Day for 01 Jul 2014. Some stars explode in slow motion. Rare, massive Wolf-Rayet stars are so tumultuous and hot that they slowly disintegrating right before our telescopes. Glowing gas globs each typically over 30 times more massive than the Earth are being expelled by violent stellar winds. Wolf-Rayet star WR 124, visible near the above image center spanning six light years across, is thus creating the surrounding nebula known as M1-67.

APOD: 2014 July 1 - Wolf Rayet Star 124: Stellar Wind Machine

♥ NGC 7129 Is A Rosebud-shaped Reflection Nebula located 3300 ly away in the constellation Cepheus. A young open cluster is responsible for illuminating the surrounding nebula. Wikipedia

The Hydrogen Clouds of M33

APOD: 2013 December 26 - The Hydrogen Clouds of M33

Galaxy Hercules A in the constellation Hercules emits plasma jets nearly one million lightyears long Image credit: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope

The 'Core of the Serpens Cloud' in Serpens, the Serpent. This IR image combines data from NASA's Spitzer w/shorter-wavelength observations from the Two Micron All Sky Survey, allowing a peek into the dust clouds wrapped around this stellar nursery. This cloud core, about 750 ly away, contains one of the youngest collections of stars ever seen in our galaxy

NGC 1499: The California Nebula

The Eridanus Void. This area shows almost no signs of cosmic matter, meaning no stars, planets, solar systems or clouds of cosmic dust. Researchers couldn't even find dark matter, which is invisible but measurable by its gravitational pull. There were also no signs of black holes that might have gobbled up the matter once present in the region.

YOUNGISTAN: Is there a "hole" in the universe?

Hubble Celebrates its 24th Year in Orbit with a New Image of the Monkey Head Nebula, part of NGC2174. NGC2174 is about 6400 ly away in the constellation of Orion.

Comet C/2012 K1 And NGC 3726 Taken by Gerald Rhemann on May 20, 2014 @ Eichgraben, Lower Austria

Comet C/2012 K1 And NGC 3726

Venus, our mysterious hot neighbor 67,237,910 miles (108,208,930 km) from the sun, possesses a gaseous atmosphere composed of deadly carbon dioxide with clouds of sulfuric acid. Its radius measures about 3,760.4 miles (6,051.8 km). Venus achieves a temperature of 870 degrees F (465 degrees C). Whew, that's hot! It's even hotter than that Mercury! Venus is the hottest planet in the solar system.

Our Solar System: A Photo Tour of the Planets

Located 500 million light-years away in the constellation Sculptor, the galaxy looks like a wagon wheel. The galaxy's nucleus is the bright object in the center of the image; the spoke-like structures are wisps of material connecting the nucleus to the outer ring of young stars. The galaxy's unusual configuration was created by a nearly head-on collision with a smaller galaxy about 200 million years ago.

Blackhole doughnut

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Jupiter after the impact of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 in 1994 - Credit: Calar Alto Observatory/Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany - ESA Science & Technology

Since Neptune takes so long to go around the sun once, seasons on the planet last for many Earth years. This Hubble Telescope picture shows the Southern Hemisphere of Neptune in spring, which began in the 1960s.

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Saturn’s auroras put on a dazzling display of light. Scientists first observed Saturn’s auroras in 1979. Decades later, these shimmering ribbons of light still fascinate...

Comet Lovejoy still shows both an ion tail (blue) and dust tail in this photo taken Jan. 12 from Stixendorf, Austria. Credit: Michael Jaeger

Flaming Shroud: In the right wing of the swan is the remnants of the cataclysmic explosion of a star in a supernova that occurred there several thousand years..... Le linceul flamboyant by David Lindemann

Deep Sky Entropy: Le linceul flamboyant

A dying star. Chi Cygni, shown in this artist's conception, is a red giant star nearing the end of its life. As it runs out of fuel, it pulses in and out, beating like a giant heart and ejecting shells of material. Observations by the Infrared Optical Telescope Array found that, at minimum radius, Chi Cygni shows marked inhomogeneities due to roiling "hotspots" on its surface. (Credit: ESO/L. Calçada)

Close-up photos of dying star show our sun's fate

M27 - The 'Dumbbell Nebula', is a famous planetary nebula in the constellation Vulpecula, at a distance of about 1,360 light years. The central portion of the nebula is quite bright, however it also has a faint outer halo that is clearly visible in this deep image. - Image Credit: T.A. Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage) and H. Schweiker (WIYN and NOAO/AURA/NSF) - Image enhancement: Jean-Baptiste Faure

Jean-Baptiste Faure: M27 - The Dumbbell Nebula

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 4/24/13 - Water Molecules Surround a Distant Galaxy This stunning image helps illustrate the abundance of water molecules surrounding an accretion disk, a collection of matter scheduled to be torn to shreds by a supermassive black hole, located in the galactic center of a distant galaxy. The water molecules can be seen in pink (specifically outlining jets of glowing, ionized hydrogen emission) The galaxy, known as NGC 4258 (or Messier 106), i

Best Space Photos 2013 "Fireworks Galaxy" This is NGC 6946, a medium-sized spiral galaxy located 22 million light years from Earth. It got its nickname, "The Fireworks Galaxy," because eight supernovas have been observed exploding inside it.

These Are The Best Space Photos Of 2013