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Located about 130 million light-years away, NGC 4650A is one of only 100 known polar-ring galaxies.

Needle Galaxy aka NGC 4565

In 2004, astronomers discovered a star composed entirely of diamond, measuring 4,000 km across and 10 billion trillion trillion carats. 50 light years from Earth, the diamond star is classified as a crystallized white dwarf, the hot core that remains after a star burns out. Only recently have scientists been able to study the contents of the white dwarf, and they’ve confirmed that the crystallized carbon interior of the star is, in fact, the galaxy’s largest diamond.

Fireworks in Nebula NGC 3603

Like a rift opening in time and space, the bright infrared glow of the spiral galaxy NGC 891, which we see edge-on from Earth, seems to slash across the sky in a new picture from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Like grains of sand on a cosmic beach, individual stars of barred spiral galaxy NGC 1313 are resolved in this sharp composite from the Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS). The inner region of the galaxy is pictured, spanning about 10,000 light-years.