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    transit of venus

    Antares and Clouds by Ivan Eder, NASA: Antares is a red supergiant and is about 850 times the diameter of our own Sun, 15 times more massive, and 10,000 times brighter. It is seen on the left surrounded by a nebula of gas which it has itself exploded. To the lower right is M4 and on the far right the bright star is Al Niyat. #Astronomy #Antares # Ivan_Eder #NASA

    Transit of Venus 2012 by NASA/SDO via the A close view of Venus passing in front of the Sun, seen from NASA's orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory, on June 5, 2012. #Transit_of_Venus #NASA #theatlantic

    Venus begins its transit of the sun in June 2012. This rare astronomical event occurs when Venus passes directly between the sun and Earth will not happen again until 2117

    Fixed position photograph of the sun, taken at the same time of day over a year. Looks like the infinity symbol!

    Solar System by 9gag #Astronomy #Solar_System #9gag

    Solar explosion on sun 4/16/2012

    eclipse from space

    Only in the fleeting darkness of a total solar eclipse is the light of the solar corona easily visible

    A true sun rise

    Full eclipse of the sun from above earths atmosphere

    galaxy SMM J2135-0102. ESO lately released a photo of this newly discovered galaxy, which was found when astronomers were observing a massive galaxy cluster with the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment telescope. The galaxy is 10 billion ly away, and it is the brightest very distant galaxy ever seen at submillimeter wavelengths. Astronomers estimate the SMM J2135-0102 is producing stars at a rate that is equivalent to about 250 suns per year.

    Transit of venus across the face of the sun

    Combined visible and infra-red light images of star forming region Sharpless 2-106. This nebula is located about 2,000 light-years away in the direction of the constellation Cygnus. It is 2 light-years long and 1/2 a light-year across. The central star of this nebula is more than 15 times the mass of our Sun. It formed less 100,000 years ago, making this one of the youngest star-forming regions known.

    'Ring of Fire', Sunday 5/20/12: For those of us who are where it is overcast today or aren't lucky enough to live in the right location for viewing, here's how to see it online! #Eclipse #Ring_of_Fire #foxnews

    Earthshine and Venus Over Sierra de Guadarrama. the Earth's Moon was caught just above the horizon in a young crescent phase. The familiar Moon might look a bit odd as the exposure shows significant Earthshine -- the illumination of the part of the Moon hidden from direct sunlight by the sun-reflecting Earth. Also captured in the image is the bright planet Venus on the right.

    What a total lunar eclipse looks like from space.

    Ghost Nebula

    M64 stars orbit clockwise as seen in this image.However, recent detailed studies have led to the remarkable discovery that the interstellar gas in the outer regions of M64 rotates in the opposite direction from the gas and stars in the inner regions. The inner region has a radius of only approximately 3,000 light-years, while the outer section extends another 40,000 light-years. This pattern is believed to trigger the creation of many new stars around the boundary separating the two regions

    Scale of the Planets