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The Cosmic Spare Tire (IC 5148) is a beautiful planetary nebula located some 3000 light-years away in the constellation of Grus (The Crane). The nebula has a diameter of a couple of light-years, and it is still growing at over 50 kilometres per second — one of the fastest expanding planetary nebulae known.

Ring Around NGC 4650A | ESA/Hubble ---~~~Located about 130 million light-years away, NGC 4650A is one of only 100 known polar-ring galaxies. Their unusual disk-ring structure is not yet understood fully

Ring Around NGC 4650A

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Comets are cosmic snowballs of frozen gases, rock and dust roughly the size of a small town. When a comet's orbit brings it close to the sun, it heats up and spews dust and gases into a giant glowing head larger than most planets. The dust and gases form a tail that stretches away from the sun for millions of kilometers (photo NASA)

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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.

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Zeta Ophiuchus, a massive star plowing through the gas and dust floating in space. Zeta Oph is a bruiser, with 20 times the Sun’s mass. It’s an incredibly luminous star, blasting out light at a rate 80,000 times higher than the Sun! Even at its distance of 400 light years or so, it should be one of the brightest stars in the sky … yet it actually appears relatively dim to the eye.

Saturn's largest moon, Titan. NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

It's Fall on Titan: Icy Cloud Marks Saturn Moon's Season

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Backlit Saturn - Seen from the Cassini SpacecraftThe Cassini spacecraft was sent by NASA and ESA to study Saturn and its moons. Two of Saturn’s moons, Enceladus and Tethys, appear in the bottom right of this image. So far, the spacecraft has found new storm systems on Saturn, active geysers on its moon Enceladus, liquid oceans on its moon Titan, and many other unexpected discoveries. Due to its elliptical orbit, Cassini is occasionally able to catch beautyful images of saturn backlit by our sun,

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This is a real image of Saturn, taken by the robotic spacecraft Cassini, eclipsing the Sun

The Earth view from the cupola onboard the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted this image with a comment on May 14, 2015: “My first look out the window today.

behind the brown eyes | graviton1066: ISS043E193556 (05/14/2015) — The...

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When Galaxies Collide: How The First Super-Massive Black Holes Were Born - Two black holes merge to become a supermassive black hole. It is thought that the first supermassive black hole was created 13 billion years ago, 1 billion years after the Big Bang. Image credit: Ohio State University-- Images

The ice fountains of Enceladus Fountains of water ice blast thousands of kilometres above the surface of Saturn's tiny moon Enceladus. It is thought that the pull of Saturn's powerful gravity distorts the moon and heats the interior, forming an underground ocean. When this reservoir of water contacts the vacuum of space it vaporises and explodes above the moon. Any liquid water freezes instantly. Images of the ice fountains were first captured by the Cassini probe.

London at Night The British city of London seen at night; photographed by an Expedition 30 crew member from the International Space Station

Milan at Night The Italian city of Milan seen at night; photographed by an Expedition 30 crew member from the International Space Station.

THE MAJESTIC MESSIER-104 (M-104) SOMBRERO GALAXY Photo By: NASA...

This is the first-ever photo of liquid outside of earth (on Saturn's moon, Titan).

First-Ever Photo of Liquid on Extraterrestrial World | WIRED

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Spinning vortex known as “The Rose” on the surface of Saturn.

Saturn's Moon Helene

30 Best Space Pictures of the Week – May 02th to May 09th, 2012

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Saturn’s auroras put on a dazzling display of light. Scientists first observed Saturn’s auroras in 1979. Decades later, these shimmering ribbons of light still fascinate...

Comet Panstarrs K5 Taken by Chris Schur on March 8, 2014 @ Payson, az

Comet Panstarrs K5

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Awesome Cassini Probe photo of Saturn's North Pole Vortex. This is the 'eye' of the vast storm. The famous hexogonal pattern that so baffle scientists is well beyond the border of the photograph. EACH cloud in the picture represents a massive storm cell.

Incredible Raw Image of Saturn’s Swirling North Pole

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The Amazing Morphing Dunes of Mars MAY 5, 2014 These raindrop-shaped dunes are found in Copernicus Crater and are known to be rich in the mineral olivine, a mineral that formed during the wet history of Mars' evolution. READ MORE: Mars' 'Raindrop' Sand Dunes Swarm NASA/JPL-CALTECH/UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

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MARS: View from Curiosity via 100mm MAST Camera on 8/12/12. The gravelly area around Curiosity's landing site is visible in the foreground. Then, about a third of the way up from the bottom of the image, the terrain falls off into a depression (a swale), beyond which, in the middle of the image, is the boulder-strewn, red-brown rim of a moderately-sized impact crater. In the distance, there are dark dunes and then the layered rock at the base of Mount Sharp 16.2km away. #Curiosity #NASA

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