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  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,348 ✭✭
    edited Jul 11, 2018 #362
    The central portion of star cluster RCW 38. Located 5,500 light-years from Earth, the area is littered with young, hot, massive stars that will live fast and die young. Many will very likely explode as supernovae. The image was taken with the HAWK-I infrared imager, allowing it to peer through the dusty cluster. The radiation emitted from the young stars causes the surrounding gas to glow blue.



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    Image: ESO/K. Muzic



    Here is the same cluster seen in optical wavelengths.



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    Image: ESO
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,348 ✭✭
    A wee bit of a dust storm on the Red planet.



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  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,348 ✭✭
    Latest images of Saturn's moon Titan.



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    Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Nantes/University of Arizona
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,348 ✭✭
    Due North



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    Image: Jake Mosher
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,348 ✭✭
    NGC 6726 and NGC 6727



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    Image: Mark Hanson, Warren Keller, Steve Mazlin, Rex Parker, Tommy Tse, David Plesko, Pete Proulx
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,348 ✭✭
    Earth-based telescopes using adaptive optics are getting very good at correcting atmospheric distortion.



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    Image: ESO/P. Weilbacher (AIP)/NASA, ESA, and M.H. Wong and J. Tollefson (UC Berkeley)
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,348 ✭✭
    Based on the latest estimates the universe contains between one and two trillion galaxies. Previous estimates pegged the number at several hundred billion. The number of stars in the universe is approximately 700 sextillion. That's a seven followed by 23 zeros.



    This photo was taken in a starless portion of the northern sky. Every point of light is a distant galaxy in the Coma cluster.



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    Image: ESA/Herschel/SPIRE; M. W. L. Smith et al 2017
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  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,348 ✭✭
    Saturn's northern aurora.



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    Image: NASA, ESA, and L. Lamy
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,348 ✭✭
    The Veil Nebula



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    Image: Steve Milne and Barry Wilson
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,348 ✭✭
    The edge on view of spiral galaxy NGC 3628



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    Image: P. Gardner, Great Basin Observatory
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,348 ✭✭
    RS Pup, a Cepheid type variable star, surrounded by a reflection nebula



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    Image: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,348 ✭✭
    Galaxy AM 0644-741, a ring galaxy.



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    Image: NASA, CXC, INAF, A. Wolter
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,348 ✭✭
    A Coronal Mass Ejection (CME)



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    Image: NASA
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,348 ✭✭
    The Soul Nebula (IC 1898)



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    Image: Jesus M Vargas and Maritxu Poyal
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,348 ✭✭
    Cocoon Nebula Deep Field



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    Image: Marcel Drechsler
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,348 ✭✭
    Corona Australis



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    Image: Josep Drudis
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,348 ✭✭
    Our Sun.



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    Image: Alan Friedman
  • radimanradiman Members Posts: 4,669 ✭✭
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  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,348 ✭✭
    The launch of a Delta IV heavy rocket carrying the Parker Solar Probe from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. A flash from a Perseid meteor is also visible.



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    Image: Derek Demeter (Emil Buehler Planetarium)
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,348 ✭✭
    The Pencil Nebula



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    Image: Jose Joaquin Perez
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,348 ✭✭
    The first rocket launch from Cape Canaveral, a Bumper V-2 (1950).



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    Image: NASA
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,348 ✭✭
    Neutron star (blue dot) in Supernova Remnant E0102-72.3



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    Image: NASA/CXC/ESO/F. Vogt/VLT/MUSE
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,348 ✭✭
    A Perseid meteor photobombs the Andromeda galaxy. The sand-sized rock took only a fraction of a second to pass through the 10 degree field.



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    Image: Fritz Helmut Hemmerich
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,348 ✭✭
    NGC 1898, a globular cluster in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The light leaving these stars takes ~160,000 years to reach our eyes.



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    Image: ESA/Hubble, NASA
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,348 ✭✭
    Spiral galaxy NGC 6744. It's 175,000 light years wide, roughly 75% larger than our own Milky Way. It lies 30 million light years away in the southern constellation Pavo.



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    Image: Martin Pugh
  • vaca22vaca22 Commander In Beef Members Posts: 673 ✭✭
    Argonne, did I read or see somewhere that the Milky Way and some other galaxy are hurtling toward each other at like 300k mph? I thought I saw a picture. But I'm wondering how that picture was taken!
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,348 ✭✭
    vaca22 wrote:


    Argonne, did I read or see somewhere that the Milky Way and some other galaxy are hurtling toward each other at like 300k mph? I thought I saw a picture. But I'm wondering how that picture was taken!




    The Milky Way and Andromeda are on a collision course, and will merge in ~4 billion years, forming Milkomeda. They're moving at ~110 kph towards each other. At that point any life in the galaxy will have a brilliant fireworks display as the gas in the two galaxies collide. It's highly unlikely that any of the hundreds of billions of stars in the two galaxies will collide given the vast distances between them. Eventually the two black holes at the center of each will merge after circling each other for quite some time.



    Over its lifetime of 13.5 billion years, the Milky Way has collided with numerous smaller galaxies.



    Any photo of the Milky Way is a computer generated image. Since we're inside the galaxy, we can't get a "bird's eye" view of the entire galaxy. It's like standing in a forest, and trying to see the entire forest from above. It's also possible you saw a photo of two distant galaxies colliding that was used as an example of what the Milky Way/Andromeda collision will look like in the distant future.
  • bogeyprobogeypro The Original Bogeypro ClubWRX Posts: 3,227 ClubWRX
    any of you folks work for nasa?
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  • vaca22vaca22 Commander In Beef Members Posts: 673 ✭✭
    Argonne69 wrote:


    It's highly unlikely that any of the hundreds of billions of stars in the two galaxies will collide given the vast distances between them.






    I had to think about that for a while. That's amazing.
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