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Science 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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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!

Massive stars can wreak havoc on their surroundings, as can be seen in this new view of the Carina nebula from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope.

Plumes shot from a supermassive black hole flank the largest galaxy in the constellation Hercules. (Photo courtesy of NASA/ESA/RIT/NRAO/AUI/NSF)

The accretion disk and jet of a supermassive black hole.

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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a panoramic portrait of a vast, sculpted landscape of gas and dust where thousands of stars are being born. This fertile star-forming region, called the 30 Doradus Nebula, has a sparkling stellar centerpiece: the most spectacular cluster of massive stars in our cosmic neighborhood of about 25 galaxies.

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This should blow some minds...space.com "Thousands of galaxies crowd into this Herschel image of the distant universe. Each dot is an entire galaxy containing billions of stars. This image was taken in a region of space called the Lockman hole, which allows a clear line of sight out into the distant Universe. This "hole" is located in the familiar northern constellation of Ursa Major, The Great Bear."