Bright Spiral Galaxy M81 One of the brightest galaxies in planet Earth's sky is similar in size to our Milky Way Galaxy: big, beautiful M81. Image Credit: Subaru Telescope (NAOJ), Hubble Space Telescope; Processing & Copyright: Roberto Colombari & Robert Gendler
The Andromeda Galaxy (M31) ~ A massive spiral 2.5 million light-years away, over twice the diameter of our own Milky Way, it's the largest nearby galaxy. Andromeda's population of bright young blue stars lie along its sweeping spiral arms. (Spitzer Space Telescope) To learn more about galaxies, check out #Astronomy Is Awesome - http://astronomyisawesome.com/galaxies/whats-the-closest-galaxy-to-us/
In the Center of the Trifid Nebula. Clouds of glowing gas mingle with dust lanes in the Trifid Nebula, a star forming region toward the constellation of the Archer (Sagittarius). In the center, the three prominent dust lanes that give the Trifid its name all come together. Mountains of opaque dust appear on the right, while other dark filaments of dust are visible threaded throughout the nebula. A single massive star visible near the center causes much of the Trifid's glow.
Subaru Telescope Captures the Fine Details of Comet Lovejoy’s Tail by JASON MAJOR on DECEMBER 6, 2013 In the early hours of Dec. 3, astronomers using the 8.2-meter Subaru Telescope atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii captured this amazing image of Lovejoy, revealing the intricate flows of ion streamers in its tail.
Rings Around the Ring Nebula. APOD, August 13, 2014. It's a familiar sight. But not this remarkably deep exposure. See further explanation. image credit: Hubble, Large Binocular Telescope, Subaru Telescope. composition & copyright: Robert Gendler.
The shadow of Mauna Kea – a dormant volcano and the highest point in Hawaii – cast by the rising sun. Just to the right, Haleakala – a massive shield volcano that forms more than 75% of the Hawaiian island of Maui – is rising out of the clouds. Because of its height above sea level, Mauna Kea is the site of many astronomical observatories. In the foreground are the Subaru Telescope, the twin Keck Telescopes and the NASA Infrared Telescope.
This Newly-Discovered Dwarf Planet Is the Most Distant Object In Our Solar System
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