Dumbell Nebula - a planetary nebula in the constellation Vulpecula, at a distance of about 1,360 light years.

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The universe makes the best abstract paintings! --Pia (Gotta love a bit of nebula like)

9 Incredible Photos of our Universe - Beautiful Images

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Dumbell Nebula - a planetary nebula in the constellation Vulpecula, at a distance of about 1360 light years.

Needless Venus

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Flaming Star Nebula

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Hydrogen in M51, NGC 5194. Perhaps the first spiral nebula, M51 is a large galaxy, over 60,000 ly across, with a readily apparent spiral structure. M51 is a part of a well-known interacting galaxy pair, its spiral arms and and dust lanes clearly sweeping in front of companion galaxy NGC 5195 (top).

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Hvězdy v NGC 602A

Under the 'Wing' of the Small Magellanic Cloud

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NASA - Andromeda's Colorful Rings

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Milky Way over Lake Titicaca, Peru.

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youngest black hole --- NASA may have just uncovered the youngest black hole in Earth's galaxy. The young black hole, located within a supernova remnant, was created by a rare supernova explosion of a massive star, according to a written statement from NASA. The administration's Chandra X-ray Observatory captured images of the so-called remnant W49B, located 26,000 light-years away.

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NASA - Hubble Observes Glowing, Fiery Shells of Gas

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NASA - Celestial Valentine

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

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From the Milky Way to Virgo

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NGC 6872 and IC 4970 dancing.

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Largest Sky Map Revealed: An Animated Flight Through the Universe. The first public data release from BOSS, the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey.

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Andoromeda in 2013

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Giant 'Twisters' in the Lagoon Nebula

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Carina Nebula (ground-based image) Click to Enlarge This image shows a giant star-forming region in the southern sky known as the Carina Nebula and combines the light from three different filters, which traces emission from oxygen (blue), hydrogen (green), and sulfur (red).

Carina Nebula (ground-based image)

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Section of M51 with Progenitor Star

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The Cartwheel's nucleus is shown in this Hubble Space Telescope color-coded image

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This Hubble image of the Antennae galaxies is the sharpest yet of this merging pair of galaxies. As the two galaxies smash together, billions of stars are born, mostly in groups and clusters of stars. The brightest and most compact of these are called super star clusters

Colliding galaxies make love, not war

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Image of M31 taken with a 12.5-inch Ritchey-Chrétien telescope by amateur astronomer Robert Gendler

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Ground Image of 30 Doradus Region of LMC

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Galactic wreckage in Stephan's Quintet

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The Eagle has risen: Stellar spire in the Eagle Nebula

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