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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: NGC 602 and Beyond

Near the outskirts of the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy some 200 thousand light-years distant, lies 5 million year young star cluster NGC 602

Astronomy Picture of the Day: NGC 253: Dusty Island Universe

Shiny NGC 253 is one of the brightest spiral galaxies visible, and also one of the dustiest. Some call it the Silver Dollar Galaxy for its appearance in small telescopes, or just the Sculptor Galaxy for its location within the boundaries of the south

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Horsehead: A Wider View

Combined image data from the massive, ground-based VISTA telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope was used to create this wide perspective of the interstellar landscape surrounding the famous Horsehead Nebula

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

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Comet PanSTARRS is near the Edge

The comet PanSTARRS also known as the blue comet (C/2016 R2) really is near the lower left edge of this stunning, wide field view recorded on January 13

Dusty Nebulae in Taurus lbn 782


Astronomy Picture of the Day

Saturn is near opposition in planet Earth's sky. Rising at sunset and shining brightly throughout the night, it also lies near a line-of-sight to crowded starfields, nebulae, and obscuring dust clouds along the Milky Way. Whitish Saturn is up and lef

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