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Hoag's Object: A Strange Ring Galaxy | Image Credit: Credit: R. Lucas (STScI/AURA), Hubble Heritage Team, NASA, via Astronomy Picture of the Day (APoD) | #spaceimages #hubblespaceimages #ringgalaxy #hoagsobject

whirlpool galaxy

Globular Cluster M53

M13: The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules

Who else is amazed and fascinated with the stars?

The Pleiades Star Cluster - Did you know that one of the oldest books in the Bible states, "Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, or loose the belt of Orion?" (Job 38.31) -- and yet it has only been a recent "discovery" that the Pleiades is gravitationally bound, but Orion's stars are flying apart because the cluster's gravity isn't strong enough to hold them together. Over 4000 yrs ago, Job got it right. It's a God thing.

M64: The Sleeping Beauty Galaxy Credit: NASA and the Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI), S. Smartt (IoA) & D. Richstone (U. Michigan) et al. In an unexpected twist, recent observations hv shown that the gas in the outer regions of this photogenic spiral is rotating in the opposite direction fr all of the stars! Collisions btwn gas in the inner & outer regions r creating many hot blue stars & pink emission nebula. The abv image was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2001 & released in 20...

New meaning to the word tailspin

NGC 602 and Beyond

Antares and Clouds

Did you know that in the book of Job the Lord asks Job "Can you tie up the cords of the Pleiades or loosen the belt of Orion?" Thanks to NASA, it's now been verified that the Pleiades are, indeed, tightening. Hmm. Wonder what else in the Bible could be true?!

At the Edge of NGC 2174

Space Dragon - The Horsehead Nebula

The Tadpole Galaxy (also known as UGC 10214 or Arp 188) is a disrupted barred spiral galaxy located about 420 million light-years away toward the northern constellation Draco. Its most dramatic features are an incredibly long trail of stars and massive, bright blue star clusters, reflecting the essence of our dynamic, restless and violent Universe. - Credit: NASA, Hubble, Mehdi Bozzo-Rey

The largest, most violent star forming region known in the whole Local Group of galaxies lies in our neighboring galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). Were the Tarantula Nebula at the distance of the Orion Nebula -- a local star forming region -- it would take up fully half the sky. Also called 30 Doradus, the red and pink gas indicates a massive emission nebula, although supernova remnants and dark nebula also exist there. The bright knot of stars left of center is called R136 and contai...

trifid cluster

Star Cluster Near Orion Nebula Revealed in Telescope Views

21st Century M101 Image Credit: NASA, ESA, CXC, JPL, Caltech STScI About 170,000 light-years across, this galaxy is enormous, almost twice the size of our own Milky Way Galaxy. Color coded from X-rays to infrared wavelengths (high to low energies), the image data was taken from the Chandra X-ray Observatory (purple), the Galaxy Evolution Explorer ( blue), Hubble Space Telescope(yellow), and the Spitzer Space Telescope(red). Also known as the Pinwheel Galaxy...

Glittering bauble Messier 92 is one of the brightest globular clusters in the Milky Way, and is visible to the naked eye under good observing conditions. It is very tightly packed with stars, containing some 330,000 stars in total. NASA. ESA