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Comet C/2012 V2 LINEAR and the bright spiral galaxy NGC 2997 in Antlia on September 29, 2013. They look close together, but the galaxy is 38 million light years away. (Credit & copyright: Damian Peach) Mona Evans, "Comets" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art33712.asp

Lovely night sky...amazing photography! The name is Night beauty by Trois Meriettes. <pin by Janine Tischneer on stars>

there are millions of planets, around millions of suns, in millions of galaxies. The universe is a beautiful, ginormous place, and we are insignificant in comparison. Be still, and marvel.

Black Holes Have Simple Feeding Habits (NASA, Chandra) ~ super-massive black hole is about 70 million times more massive than the Sun by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Space, the final frontier... now, if we'd only stop procrastinating in the last frontier which is rapidly becoming the city....

The Butterfly Nebula - a nebula defined - a cloud of gas and dust in outer space, visible in the night sky either as an indistinct bright patch or as a dark silhouette against other luminous matter.

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A lesson in perspective…

"To think we are alone in the universe is both egotistical and ignorant." -Kristen Ivey #Science #Hubble #Galaxies #OuterSpace #Space #Universe

Galactic Chimneys Turn Up the Heat (NASA, Chandra, 03/06/06) | This X-ray/optical composite image of the large spiral galaxy NGC 2841 shows multimillion degree gas (blue/X-ray) rising above the disk of stars and cooler gas (gray/optical).

Nebula. The wonders of the universe, space oddities, stars, planets, cosmos, galaxies, nebulas and cosmic inclinations.

Comet 2P/Encke. 2013-10-12. (Credit: D. Peach) Mona Evans, "Comets" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art33712.asp

A montage of images of Comet ISON taken from September 24 to November 15, 2013. (Credit and copyright: Damian Peach) This was the period of the comet's brightening before it broke up. Mona Evans, "Comets" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art33712.asp

Comet West 1976 was a spectacular comet, sometimes considered to qualify for the status of "great comet".

4 Comets: #ISON #Lovejoy #Encke #Linear

M51, The Whirlpool Galaxy. This photo by Martin Pugh won him the title of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2012. The photo shows the large spiral galaxy M51 interacting with a companion galaxy NGC 5195. ©Mona Evans, “What Is a Galaxy” http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art179279.asp

Artist impression of the Milky Way. (Image credit: NASA) This is what we think the Milky way would look like if we could see it face-on. There is a central bar and tightly-wound spiral arms. ©Mona Evans, “What Is a Galaxy” http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art179279.asp

BX 442 oldest known spiral galaxy. 2012-07-18. (Credit: Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics/Joe Bergeron) This galaxy is 10.7 billion light years away. It formed just 3 billion years after the Big Bang, long before the other spiral galaxies we know. This is an artist's impression based on a Hubble Space Telescope image plus the OSIRIS spectrograph at the Keck Observatory. http://www.bellaonline.com/site/astronomy

Spiral Galaxy NGC 2403. The pink emission nebulae and blue reflection nebulae looks like a scattering of blossoms. The galaxy is located 14 million light years away in the constellation Camelopardalis. (Credit & Copyright: Suprime-Cam, Subaru Telescope, NAOJ) Mona Evans, "What Is a Galaxy" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art179279.asp

Spiral galaxy NGC 5033. (Image: Adam Block) The galaxy is about 50 million light years away - a neighbor, in cosmic terms. The bright nucleus shows that the central black hole is active. If you click to enlarge it, you'll see that the starry background also includes quite a number of even more distant galaxies. ©Mona Evans, “What Is a Galaxy” http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art179279.asp