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Galaxy with a Molecular Outflow....An artist’s impression. #space #astronomy Herschel has discovered that such outflows can travel at 1000 km/s, which could deplete the galaxy of the gas needed for further star formation within one million to 100 million years. Image Credit: ESA/AOES Medialab.

Seven Armed Octopus (Haliphron atlanticus)

Dust Sculptures in the Rosette Nebula

This elegant island universe is cataloged as NGC 2683. It lies a mere 16 million light-years distant toward the northern constellation Lynx. A spiral galaxy comparable to our own Milky Way, NGC 2683 is seen nearly edge-on in the cosmic vista. Blended light from a large population of old, yellowish stars forms the remarkably bright galactic core.

Bioluminescence in the Gippsland Lakes (Victoria, Australia) A convoluted story of fires and floods, of microscopic algae and the inspiring, remarkable and surprising beauty of nature.

Aurora australis seen from the International Space Station.

The nudibranch has some of the most unique shapes, amazing colours and interesting patterns of any animal on earth. Who would have thought that a slug could be so cool? This one looks pretty darn happy about things!