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Galaxy gets a cosmic hair ruffling | ESA/Hubble

Galaxy gets a cosmic hair ruffling ESA/Hubble Galaxy gets a cosmic hair ruffling | cosmic | infrared light | Milky Way galaxy  | cosmic galaxy hair ruffling  cosmic hair ruffling | ESA/Hubble & NASA From objects as small as Newton’s apple to those as large as a galaxy no physical body is free from the stern bonds of gravity, as evidenced in this stunning picture captured by the Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera for Surveys onboard the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Galaxy gets a cosmic hair ruffling | ESA/Hubble Here we see two spiral galaxies engaged in a

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Saturn in Infrared from Cassini | NASA

Saturn in Infrared from Cassini Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, SSI.   Explanation: Many details of Saturn appear clearly in infrared light. Bands of clouds show great structure, including long stretching storms. Also quite striking in infrared is the unusual hexagonal cloud pattern surrounding Saturn’s the North Pole. Each side of the dark hexagon spans roughly the width of our Earth. The hexagon’s existence was not predicted, and its origin and likely stability remain a topic of research. Saturn’s famous rings circle the planet and cast shadows below the equator. The featured image was taken by the robotic Cassini spacecraft in 2014

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Milky Way Galaxy

Sky Fireworks Milky Way Galaxy | Nature magazine

 From our vantage point in the Milky Way Galaxy, we see NGC 6946 face-on. The big beautiful spiral galaxy is located just 10 million light-years away, behind a veil of foreground dust and stars in the high and far-off constellation of Cepheus. From the core outward, the galaxy’s colors change from the yellowish light of old stars in the center to young blue star clusters and reddish star forming regions along the loose, fragmented spiral arms. NGC 6946 is also bright in infrared light and rich in gas and dust, exhibiting a high star birth and death rate. In fact, since the early 20th century at least

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Tightly Wound Lenticular galaxy

Tightly Wound Lenticular galaxy Tightly wound, almost concentric, arms of dark dust encircle the bright nucleus of the otherwise nondescript galaxy, NGC 2787, in this image created by the Hubble Heritage team. Astronomer Marcella Carollo (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich) and collaborators used Hubble’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 to collect the data in January 1999. Credit: NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team Awesome Nature |galaxy |spiral galaxies | NASA/ESA | cosmic | cosmic galaxy hair ruffling | Sky Fireworks Galaxy | galaxy |spiral galaxies | NASA/ESA | cosmic | infrared light | Milky Way galaxy | cosmic galaxy

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Young Stars and Dusty Nebulae in Taurus | NASA

Explanation: Young Stars and Dusty Nebulae in Taurus. Young Stars and Dusty Nebulae in Taurus This complex of dusty nebulae lingers along the edge of the Taurus molecular cloud, a mere 450 light-years distant. Stars are forming on the cosmic scene. Composed of almost 40 hours of image data, the 2 degree wide telescopic field of view includes some youthful T-Tauri class stars embedded in the remnants of their natal clouds at the right. Millions of years old and still going through stellar adolescence, the stars are variable in brightness and in the late phases of their gravitational collapse. Their

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Goldstone Deep Space Communications | NASA/ESA

Goldstone Deep Space Communications Radar images of asteroid 2014 JO25 were obtained in the early morning hours on Tuesday, with NASA’s 70-meter (230-foot) antenna at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California. The images reveal a peanut-shaped asteroid that rotates about once every five hours. The images have resolutions as fine as 25 feet (7.5 meters) per pixel.  “The asteroid has a contact binary structure – two lobes connected by a neck-like region,” said Shantanu Naidu, a scientist from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, who led the Goldstone observations. “The images show flat facets, concavities and angular

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