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A Sunset Moonset

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4 months ago

This is not the sky over a Tolkien kingdom. This is an image captured over Brisbane, Australia of the Sun and Moon setting together on April 29th. This was the first solar eclipse of 2014, seen as a partial solar eclipse, according to NASA.  The dramatic image combines a series of photos taken ...

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Aurora Dog Over Alaska

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Last month, near Fairbanks, in central Alaska, John Chumack, an astrophotographer, captured this incredible shot while leading his annual aurora tour, according to NASA. What does the aurora look like to you? Look closely. Do you see a curly tail? A jumping dog? The 15-second exposure through a ...

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Hubble's Messier 5

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This appears to be a dazzling blanket made of diamonds. The Messier 5 globular star cluster has long impressed astronomers. From NASA: "Beautiful Nebula discovered between the Balance [Libra] & the Serpent [Serpens] ..." begins the description of the 5th entry in 18th century astronomer ...

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The El Gordo Massive Galaxy Cluster

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The galaxy cluster "El Gordo" has a funny name, but it certainly fits its description. From NASA:  It is bigger than a bread box. In fact, it is much bigger than all bread boxes put together. Galaxy cluster ACT-CL J0102-4915 is one of the largest and most massive objects known. Dubbed "El ...

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Massive Nearby Spiral Galaxy NGC 2841

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Yesterday, NASA released this image of spiral galaxy NGC 2841, one of the more massive known galaxies.  From NASA: It is one of the more massive galaxies known. A mere 46 million light-years distant, spiral galaxy NGC 2841 can be found in the northern constellation of Ursa Major. This ...

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Sky Warp

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Unfortunately, this is not what the night sky looks like on a planet many light years away. This image was captured here on Earth. From NASA's website: What's happened to the sky? A time warp, of sorts, and a digital space warp too. The time warp occurs because this image captured in a ...

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Star Trails Over El Capitan

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From base to summit, Yosemite's El Capitan is around 3,000 feet, and hiding the north celestial pole in this photograph. But follow the star trails, and you'll of course get a sense of where the north celestial pole is anyway.  NASA has more:   Their short arcs reflecting the planet's ...

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Spica, Mars, and the Red Eclipsed Moon

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5 months ago

On April 15th, people in North America were treated to a "blood moon," when dispersed light from Earth's sunsets and sunrises covered the face of the Moon during a lunar eclipse. This is the first in a series of four "blood moon" lunar eclipses occurring over the next year and a half, as we ...