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Incredible Views: Comet PANSTARRS Meets the Andromeda Galaxy

A montage of images of Comet ISON taken from September 24 to November 15, 2013. Credit and copyright: Damian Peach.

Comet PANSTARRS and M31 (Andromeda) on April 4, 2013, as seen from Sweden. Credit and copyright: Göran Strand.

M 51 aka The Whirlpool Galaxy, via Flickr. via Santiago Ortiz

  • Pejman

    So nice galaxy

  • Kingsley McDude

    I think I see Uranus.

  • Roger Merryman

    In the grand scheme of things, infinity is hard to comprehend as far as this is away from our home planet.

  • Becky Elder

    But the pattern language from the distant stars are repeated all over our own planet, eh? Some things are beyond words.

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Astrophoto: Can You Count the 292 Pink Nebulae in the Triangulum Galaxy?

Comet ISON, as seen on September 22 from Yellow Springs, Ohio, using a QHY8 CCD camera and a home-made 16 inch diameter telescope. 15 minute exposure. Credit and copyright: John Chumack.

Ultra-Deep Astrophoto: 75 Hours of the Antenna Galaxies

The Milky Way is our home. An island of stars in a universe of other galaxies. But you might be surprised to learn that astronomers have only known the Milky Way’s true nature for just a century. Let’s learn the history of discoveries about the Milky Way, and what today’s science tells us. And let’s peer into the future to learn the ultimate fate of our galaxy. Click here to download the episode

Comet PANSTARRS En Route To Andromeda Galaxy Encounter

A beautiful, serene view

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