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Night Skies & Space

"This most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o-erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire." — Hamlet, Hamlet Act 2 Scene 2, William Shakespeare, c. 1600.

Central area of the Milky Way galaxy, released by astronomers at the European Southern Observatory's Paranal Observatory in Chile. The photo shows 84 million stars in an image measuring 108,500×81,500, which contains nearly 9 billion pixels, and is actually a composite of thousands of individual photographs shot with the observatory's VISTA survey telescope.

Milky Way Pics of the Day

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Starry Night, so named because it reminded astronomers of the Van Gogh painting. It is a halo of light around a star in the Milky Way.

'Snowy range Perseid meteor shower' by David Kingham (USA). A great deal of careful planning, a long night of photography and hours of painstaking image processing have gone into creating this startling composite image of the Perseids. Credit: David Kingham

spacettf: The Eastern Veil Nebula, NGC6992, Northern section by Peter the Fraudfinder on Flickr.

NGC 3627: Revealing Hidden Black Holes The spiral galaxy NGC 3627 is located about 30 million light years from Earth. This composite image includes X-ray data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue), infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope (red), and optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Very Large Telescope (yellow). The inset shows the central region, which contains a bright X-ray source that is likely powered by material falling onto a supermassive black hole.