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Milky Way and Satellite by ABPhotosUK on Flickr.

Milky Way and Satellite by ABPhotosUK on Flickr.

The Tadpole Galaxy

The Tadpole Galaxy is a disrupted barred spiral galaxy located 400 mly from Earth toward the northern constellation Draco. It's most dramatic features are a trail of stars about ly long & massive star clusters. It is thought that a more compact gal

The Sombrero Galaxy

The Sombrero Galaxy (also known as or NGC is an unbarred spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgo located 28 million light years from Earth. It has a bright nucleus, an unusually large central bulge, and a prominent dust lane in its inclined disk.

Jets of relativistic plasma created by the Supermassive Black Hole at the center of 3C 348

Jets Of Relativistic Plasma Created By A Supermassive Black Hole At The Center Of 348 (A Galaxy In The Hercules Cluster). The Jets Extend More Than A Million Light Years Into Intergalactic Space. (From Hubble Space Telescope)

Astronomers have found a spiral galaxy that may be spinning to the beat of a different cosmic drummer. To the surprise of astronomers, the galaxy, called NGC 4622, appears to be rotating in the opposite direction to what they expected. Pictures from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope helped astronomers determine that the galaxy may be spinning clockwise by showing which side of the galaxy is closer to Earth.

Color image of NGC 4622 shows strong inner counter clockwise outward winding single arm and strong outer clockwise outward winding pair of arms.Photos: 65 All-Time Great Galaxy Hits

In celebration of the 21st anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's deployment into space, astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., pointed Hubble's eye to an especially photogenic group of interacting galaxies called Arp 273.

A rose made of galaxies *This image of a pair of interacting galaxies called Arp 273 was released to celebrate the anniversary of the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

The Cassini spacecraft took this view of Saturn’s moon Dione in October 2005, with the tranquil gold and blue hues of Saturn in the distance. The horizontal stripes near the bottom of the image are Saturn's rings

Ringside with Dione at Saturn via the NASA Cassini Mission. Speeding toward pale, icy Dione, Cassini's view is enriched by the tranquil gold and blue hues of Saturn in the distance.