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Space Photo of the Day 2012

Every day, Wired Science selects a new awesome space photo for our collection. Check out the mind-blowing views of galaxies, planets and stars.
Robin Leigh Anderson
Robin Leigh Anderson • 1 year ago

Spectacular jets powered by the gravitational energy of a supermassive black hole in the core of the elliptical galaxy Hercules

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