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Astronomy Picture of the Day: NGC 7635: The Bubble Nebula

Blown by the wind from a massive star, this interstellar apparition has a surprisingly familiar shape.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: NGC 3324 in Carina

See Explanation. Clicking on the picture will download the highest resolution version available. NGC 3324 in Carina Image Credit & Copyright: Martin Pugh Explanation: This bright cosmic cloud was sculpted by stellar winds and radiation from the

Astronomy Picture of the Day: NGC 2023 in the Horsehead's Shadow

Carved by a bright young star in Orion's dusty molecular clouds, NGC 2023 is often overlooked in favor of the nearby dramatic silhouette of the Horsehead Nebula

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Mars Between Nebulas

What's that bright red spot between the Lagoon and Trifid Nebulas?

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Sharpless 249 and the Jellyfish Nebula

Normally faint and elusive, the Jellyfish Nebula is caught in this alluring telescopic image

Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Crab from Space

The Crab Nebula is cataloged as M1, the first object on Charles Messier's famous list of things which are not comets. In fact, the Crab is now known to be a supernova remnant, expanding debris from the death explosion of a massive star

Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Seagull and the Duck

Seen as a seagull and a duck, these nebulae are not the only cosmic clouds to evoke images of flight

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Catalog Entry Number 1

Every journey has first step and every catalog a first entry

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Dual Particle Beams in Herbig-Haro 24

This might look like a double-bladed lightsaber, but these two cosmic jets actually beam outward from a newborn star in a galaxy near you

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Arcs, Jets, and Shocks near NGC 1999

This tantalizing array of nebulas and stars can be found about two degrees south of the famous star-forming Orion Nebula

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