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The Orion Nebula from CFHT. Buried in the complex nebulosity are the bright stars of the Trapezium in Orion's heart, the sweeping lanes of dark dust that cross the center, the pervasive red glowing hydrogen gas, and the blue tinted dust that reflects the light of newborn stars
Astronomers have discovered the largest known structure in the universe, a clump of active galactic cores that stretch 4 billion light-years from end to end. The structure is a light quasar group (LQG), a collection of extremely luminous Galactic Nulcei powered by supermassive central black holes!
A spectacular Hubble Space Telescope image reveals the heart of the Lagoon Nebula. Seen as a massive cloud of glowing dust and gas, bombarded by the energetic radiation of new stars, this placid name hides a dramatic reality. The Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) on the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured a dramatic view of gas and dust sculpted by intense radiation from hot young stars deep in the heart of the Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8).
Nearby Dust Clouds in the Milky Way - These opaque, dark knots of gas and dust are called Bok globules, and they are absorbing light in the center of the nearby emission nebula and star-forming region, NGC 281. Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA)
DEN13-1006 Quartz var. Amethyst Sold Goboboseb Mts., Erongo District, Namibia ex. Marshall Sussman Cabinet, 14.3 x 7.0 x 5.8 cm Most Gogobos amethysts look more or less the same. Every now and then, one LEAPS out at you. This is a spectacular example that is just so much more 3-dimensional, colorful, mesmerizing, and complex in person that even its colorful photo does not do it justice. It "glows" with internal, saturated colors and phantoms. Ex Sussman Collection, Joe Budd Photos.