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M20 / NGC 6514: Trifid Nebula. This nebula is in Sagittarius. Its name means 'divided into three lobes.' The object is an unusual combination of an open cluster of stars; an emission nebula; a reflection nebula and a dark nebula. Distance to Earth: 5200 ly
Death Star: Eta Carinae, one of the closest stars to Earth is huge and unstable and will likely explode in a supernova in the relatively 'near future' (On an astronomical timeline this could be a million years from now). via NASA #Eta_Carinae #Supernova #NASA
First Supernova Companion Star Found In 2004, an international team of astronomers had, for the first time, observed a stellar "survivor" emerge from a double star system involving an exploded supernova. In this artist's view, the red super-giant supernova progenitor star (left) is exploding after having transferred about 10 solar masses of hydrogen gas to the blue companion star (right).
May 9th...(prompt...3 gifts found in the dark) *the gift of a starry night...oh the vastness that is portrayed on a starry night!! *the gift of sweet sleep...sweet and restful it restores, refreshes, and heals our bodies!! *movies as they light up the big dark screen....not many good ones out there but every now and then a good one comes along....have you seen Homerun??