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Ice cascade. The constellations of Orion, Taurus, and the Pleiades illuminate an ethereal icescape in Nagano, Japan (winner of the "Earth and Space" category). Starry Sky, Backdrops, Travel Pictures, Starry Night, Earth, Astronomy Photographers, Stars Icef, Night Sky, Masahiro Miyasaka
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Central area of the Milky Way galaxy, released by astronomers at the European Southern Observatory's Paranal Observatory in Chile. The photo shows 84 million stars in an image measuring 108,500×81,500, which contains nearly 9 billion pixels, and is actually a composite of thousands of individual photographs shot with the observatory's VISTA survey telescope.
The Milky Way Galaxy - every dot is a Sun. via the Two Micron All Sky Survey using, in part, the Very Large Telescope. (sha chong Hwang - In the Atacama Desert in Chile)
NGC 474 is an elliptical galaxy in the constellation Pisces. This large galaxy is known to possess tidal tails, although their origins remain unknown. These tidal tails may be related to debris left over from absorbing numerous small galaxies in the past billion years. Or the shells may be like ripples in a pond, where the ongoing collision with the spiral galaxy just above NGC 474 is causing density waves to ripple though it.