Part of a dark expanse that splits the crowded plane of our Milky Way galaxy, the Aquila Rift arcs through the northern hemisphere's summer skies near bright star Altair and the Summer Triangle.

Part of a dark expanse that splits the crowded plane of our Milky Way galaxy, the Aquila Rift arcs through the northern hemisphere's summer skies near bright star Altair and the Summer Triangle.

Orion in Gas, Dust, and Stars Explanation: The constellation of Orion holds much more than three stars in a row. A deep exposure shows everything from dark nebula to star clusters, all embedded in an extended patch of gaseous wisps in the greater Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. Image Credit & Copyright: Rogelio Bernal Andreo (Deep Sky Colors) apod.nasa.gov/...

Arte cósmico: Orión en todo su esplendor

Orion in Gas, Dust, and Stars Explanation: The constellation of Orion holds much more than three stars in a row. A deep exposure shows everything from dark nebula to star clusters, all embedded in an extended patch of gaseous wisps in the greater Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. Image Credit & Copyright: Rogelio Bernal Andreo (Deep Sky Colors) apod.nasa.gov/...

Herschel's Cygnus X. The Herschel Space Observatory's infrared view of Cygnus X spans some 6x2 degrees across one of the closest, massive star forming regions in the plane of our Milky Way galaxy. In fact, the rich stellar nursery already holds the massive star cluster known as the Cygnus OB2 association. But those stars are more evident by the region cleared by their energetic winds and radiation near the bottom center of this field, and are not detected by Herschel instruments.

Herschel's Cygnus X. The Herschel Space Observatory's infrared view of Cygnus X spans some 6x2 degrees across one of the closest, massive star forming regions in the plane of our Milky Way galaxy. In fact, the rich stellar nursery already holds the massive star cluster known as the Cygnus OB2 association. But those stars are more evident by the region cleared by their energetic winds and radiation near the bottom center of this field, and are not detected by Herschel instruments.

A view from the bustling center of our galactic metropolis. Spitzer Space Telescope offers us a fresh, infrared view of the frenzied scene at the center of our Milky Way, revealing what lies behind the dust.

A view from the bustling center of our galactic metropolis. Spitzer Space Telescope offers us a fresh, infrared view of the frenzied scene at the center of our Milky Way, revealing what lies behind the dust.

Space oddity - huge galaxy 'eats' star system like our own Milky Way  Centaurus A is relatively near to Earth - a mere 12 million light years away - and astronomers used a space telescope to pick out two spiral 'arms' right in the centre of the galaxy.

Space oddity - huge galaxy 'eats' star system like our own Milky Way

Space oddity - huge galaxy 'eats' star system like our own Milky Way Centaurus A is relatively near to Earth - a mere 12 million light years away - and astronomers used a space telescope to pick out two spiral 'arms' right in the centre of the galaxy.

Stars and Dust Across Corona Australis (Sept 27 2012)  Image Credit & Copyright: Marco Lorenzi (Glittering Lights)  Explanation: Cosmic dust clouds sprawl across a rich field of stars in this sweeping telescopic vista near the northern boundary of Corona Australis, the Southern Crown. Probably less than 500 light-years away and effectively blocking light from more distant, background stars in the Milky Way, the densest part of the dust cloud is about 8 light-years long. #astronomy

Stars and Dust Across Corona Australis (Sept 27 2012) Image Credit & Copyright: Marco Lorenzi (Glittering Lights) Explanation: Cosmic dust clouds sprawl across a rich field of stars in this sweeping telescopic vista near the northern boundary of Corona Australis, the Southern Crown. Probably less than 500 light-years away and effectively blocking light from more distant, background stars in the Milky Way, the densest part of the dust cloud is about 8 light-years long. #astronomy

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