Asteroid Zips By Orion | "This image shows the potentially hazardous near-Earth object 1998 KN3 as it zips past a cloud of dense gas and dust near the Orion nebula." | Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech, via NASA | #spaceimages #asteroid #nearearthobject1998KN3 #orionnebula
Active galaxy NGC 1275 is the central, dominant member of the large and relatively nearby Perseus Cluster of Galaxies. Wild-looking at visible wavelengths, the active galaxy is also a prodigious source of x-rays and radio emission. NGC 1275 accretes matter as entire galaxies fall into it, ultimately feeding a supermassive black hole at the galaxy's core.
apod.nasa.gov/... The South Pole of Asteroid Vesta Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, UCLA, MPS, DLR, IDA Pictured abv, the bottom of the 2nd largest object in the asteroid belt was recently imaged for the 1st time by the robotic Dawn satellite that arrived last month. A close inspection of the 260-meter resolution image shows not only hills & craters & cliffs & more craters, but ragged circular features that cover most of the lower right of the 500 km sized object.
The Regolith of Asteroid Eros Credit: NEAR Project, JHU APL, NASA From fifty kilometers above asteroid Eros, the surface inside one of its largest craters appears covered with an unusual substance: regolith. The thickness and composition of the surface dust that is regolith remains a topic of much research. Much of the regolith on 433 Eros was probably created by numerous small impacts during its long history.
The Cosmic Hearth The Orion nebula is featured in this sweeping image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. The constellation of Orion is prominent in the evening sky throughout the world from about December through April of each year. The nebula (also catalogued as Messier 42) is located in the sword of Orion, hanging from his famous belt of three stars.