June 16, 2024
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Lupus 3 star formation region | Earth Blog

A dark cloud of cosmic dust meanders across this spectacular wide-field image, illuminated by the bright light of new stars. This dense cloud is a star-forming region called Lupus 3, where dazzlingly hot stars are born from the collapse of masses of gas and dust. This image was created from images taken with the VLT

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Spiral galaxy NGC 7331 | Earth Blog

This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a spiral galaxy known as NGC 7331. First observed by prolific galaxy hunter William Herschel in 1784, NGC 7331 is located about 45 million light years away, in the constellation of Pegasus (The Winged Horse). . In front of us partially edge-on, the galaxy shows its

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TRAPPIST-1 planets probably rich in water

A new study has found that the seven planets orbiting the nearby ultracool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 are made primarily of rock, and some could potentially contain more water than Earth. The densities of the planets, now known with much more precision than before, suggest that some of them could have up to 5 percent of

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Spiral galaxy NGC 1559 | Earth Blog

About 50 million light-years away lies a small, somewhat overlooked galaxy called NGC 1559. Photographed here by Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3, this barred spiral is located in the little-observed southern constellation of Reticulum. ). NGC 1559 has huge spiral arms packed with star formation and is moving away from us at a speed of

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R Sculptor | Earth Blog

This ghostly image shows a distant, pulsating red giant star known as R Sculptoris. Located 1,200 light-years away in the Sculptor constellation, R Sculptoris is something known as a carbon-rich asymptotic giant branch (AGB) star, meaning it is nearing the end of its life. At this stage, low- and intermediate-mass stars cool, create extended atmospheres,

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Earth and Moon seen by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from 63 million kilometers away

As part of an engineering test, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft captured this image of the Earth and Moon using its NavCam1 imager on January 17 from a distance of 39.5 million miles (63.6 million kilometers). When the camera acquired the image, the spacecraft was moving away from home at a speed of 19,000 miles per hour

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Spiral galaxy NGC 3344 | Earth Blog

Captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, the galaxy NGC 3344 appears head-on, allowing astronomers a detailed view of its intricate and elegant structure. And Hubble's ability to observe objects at a wide range of different wavelengths reveals features that would otherwise remain invisible. Spiral galaxies are some of the most spectacular sights in the

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Protoplanetary disk AS 209 | Earth Blog

Located in the young star-forming region of Ophiuchus, 410 light-years from the Sun, a fascinating protoplanetary disk called AS 209 is slowly being carved. This wonderful image was captured with the high-resolution ALMA telescope and reveals a curious pattern of rings and spaces in the dust surrounding a young star. Protoplanetary disks are dense, rotating

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Hawaii seen from the International Space Station

Crews aboard the International Space Station angled the camera specifically to capture this panorama of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano (left image) with the long swirls of volcanic gases (top half of the image) floating westward from the volcano. Astronauts are trained to take oblique images of hard-to-see atmospheric haze by shooting obliquely to improve visibility. Gas

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Dwarf galaxy IC 4710 | Earth Blog

Discovered in 1900 by astronomer DeLisle Stewart and photographed here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, IC 4710 is an undeniably spectacular sight. The galaxy is a busy cloud of bright stars, with bright pockets (marking bursts of new star formation) scattered around its edges. IC 4710 is an irregular dwarf galaxy. As the name

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