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Three Galaxies over New Zealand

4 months ago

A radio dish that broadcasts galaxies? No, but they can detect them, according to NASA. In this image, taken two weeks ago, we can see the photogenic superposition of a night sky over New Zealand.

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As pictured above, the central part of our Milky Way Galaxy is seen rising to the east on the image left and arching high overhead. Beneath the Galactic arc and just above the horizon are the two brightest satellite galaxies of our Milky Way, with the Small Magellanic Cloud to the left and the Large Magellanic Cloud on the right. The radio dish is the Warkworth Satellite Station located just north of Auckland.

Image credit: NASA

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Halo of the Cat's Eye

4 months ago

No, this is not a still from David Lynch's Dune. But it could be! The Cat's Eye Nebula, or NGC 6543, is one of the better known planetary nebulae for stargazers, according to NASA. But this image is slightly altered: it's a false-color picture processed to show off the nebula's gaseous, three-light ...

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A Pinwheel Star System

4 months ago

And you thought black holes were terrifying. Meet WR 104. The verdict is still out at NASA whether the WR 104 supernova can destroy our planet one day. In the mood for an existential jolt? You might find it here, courtesy of NASA: Might this giant pinwheel one-day destroy us? Probably ...

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A Fire Rainbow Over Ohio

4 months ago

Have you spotted a fire rainbow before? They make the clouds appear to shine in different colors due to the ice crystals of distant cirrus clouds catching the sun's light. NASA released this picture and explains: Sometimes known as a fire rainbow for its flame-like appearance, a ...

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Camelopardalids and ISS

4 months ago

Camping this summer? Keep your eye on the sky, because you may catch sight of a light show. From NASA: From a camp on the northern shores of the Great Lake Erie, three short bright meteor streaks were captured in this composited night skyscape. Recorded over the early morning hours of May ...