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Witch's Broom Nebula: The Witch's Broom Nebula is also part of the famous Veil Nebula complex, this being the western portion. The entire complex is the remnant of a powerful supernova explosion which occurred thousands of years ago, sending elements forged in the destroyed stars core into space. The bright star is 52 Cygni.

Infrared View of Pillar and Jets HH 901/902 ~ Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)

Mysterious Stars Surround Andromeda's Black Hole - Credit: © 2002 R. Gendler, Photo by R. GendlerThe Andromeda Galaxy photographed with a 12.5-inch telescope by amateur astronomer Robert Gendler.

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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)

'Blue Nebula #1' fabric by Corseceng at Spoonflower. 42" by 72" Star field map featuring a purple and blue nebula

Hubble image of two interacting galaxies

Cabeza Prieta-480.jpg | Flickr - Paul Gill

Cosmic dust clouds dim the light of background stars. But they also reflect the light of stars nearby. Since bright stars tend to radiate strongly in the blue portion of the visible spectrum, and the interstellar dust scatters blue light more strongly than red, the dusty reflection nebulae tend to be blue. Lovely examples are the wispy blue reflection nebulae near bright, hot stars Pi and Delta Scorpii (upper left & lower right) in this skyscape from the head of the constellation Scorpius.

I wonder if this was our view...if space exploration would be more...well, MORE!

"I Will Survive" Horizons Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA by Phil Koch.

Ultraviolet Sun

An Amazing Night in Bora Bora, Trey Ratcliff

The Space Between, Trey Ratcliff

"Physicists say we are made of stardust. Intergalactic debris and far-flung atoms, shards of carbon nanomatter rounded up by gravity to circle the sun. As atoms pass through an eternal revolving door of possible form, energy and mass dance in fluid relationship. We are man, we are thought, we are story. We are all star stuff."

This Hump Day Space Message goes out to all my "ugly" ducklings, misfits, weirdos, oddballs, out of boxers, outside liners, late bloomers, and strange souls. There is not a single thing wrong with you, hominidly, or cosmically, for that matter. Just ask this unconventional beauty of an irregular galaxy, I Zwicky 18. Image credit: NASA/ESA/HST

Cygnus Breaks Up in Earth's Atmosphere | NASA

Beautiful view of a streaking meteor and the Orion constellation above Lake Bumbunga, AustraliaImage copyright: Silveryway on Flickr.