Winter Milky Way, NGC 2451. Image credit: chrisgrohusko on Flickr.

Winter Milky Way, NGC 2451. Image credit: chrisgrohusko on Flickr.

Whirlpool Galaxy • M51 / Harvard-Smithsonian CfA / Observers: Brian McLeod / MMT/Megacam

Whirlpool Galaxy • M51 / Harvard-Smithsonian CfA / Observers: Brian McLeod / MMT/Megacam

Planet Earth At Night  http://astronomyisawesome.com/solar-systems/cool-facts-about-earth/

Planet Earth At Night http://astronomyisawesome.com/solar-systems/cool-facts-about-earth/

The black hole that has grown the most can be found in the Sombrero galaxy . The researchers estimate that this black hole has been swallowing the equivalent of one Sun every twenty years and is now over 500 million times as heavy as the Sun.  ESO Public Image Release

The black hole that has grown the most can be found in the Sombrero galaxy . The researchers estimate that this black hole has been swallowing the equivalent of one Sun every twenty years and is now over 500 million times as heavy as the Sun. ESO Public Image Release

This view across 24,000 light years of the Milky Way Galaxy shows over 150,000 stars!

This view across 24,000 light years of the Milky Way Galaxy shows over 150,000 stars!

The Great Attractor    This image shows the central region of the Great Attractor at the original resolution of the WFI. Note the strong warping of the galaxy to the left of the center, which may be caused by gravitational interaction with one or both of the bright galaxies that are seen above and below it. The field shown measures about 12 x 12 arcmin 2.

Space Photo of the Day 2012

The Great Attractor This image shows the central region of the Great Attractor at the original resolution of the WFI. Note the strong warping of the galaxy to the left of the center, which may be caused by gravitational interaction with one or both of the bright galaxies that are seen above and below it. The field shown measures about 12 x 12 arcmin 2.

Rosette Nebula by Don Goldman (APOD March 11, 2014) | PlaneWave Instruments

Rosette Nebula by Don Goldman (APOD March 11, 2014) | PlaneWave Instruments

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