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Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Fairy of Eagle Nebula

The dust sculptures of the Eagle Nebula are evaporating. As powerful starlight whittles away these cool cosmic mountains, the statuesque pillars that remain might be imagined as mythical beasts.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: IC 1871: Inside the Soul Nebula

This cosmic close-up looks deep inside the Soul Nebula.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Cave Nebula in Hydrogen, Oxygen, and Sulfur

What's inside this cosmic cave? A stellar nursery 10 light-years deep.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Rotating Asteroid Bennu from OSIRIS-REx

Could this close-by asteroid ever hit the Earth? Eventually yes -- but probably not for a very long time, even though the asteroid is expected to pass inside the orbit of the Moon next century.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Supernumerary Rainbows over New Jersey

Yes, but can your rainbow do this?

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Cocoon Nebula Deep Field

Inside the Cocoon Nebula is a newly developing cluster of stars.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Shadow Rise on the Inside Passage

At sunset look east not west. As Earth's dark shadow rises from the eastern horizon, faint and subtle colors will appear opposite the setting Sun.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Fresh Tiger Stripes on Saturn's Enceladus

Do underground oceans vent through the tiger stripes on Saturn's moon Enceladus?

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Sigma Octantis and Friends

South pole star Sigma Octantis (of the constellation Octans) is on the left of this starry expanse spanning over 40 degrees across far southern skies.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Red Cloudbow over Delaware

What kind of rainbow is this? In this case, no rain was involved -- what is pictured is actually a red cloudbow.

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