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Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Blue Horsehead Nebula in Infrared

The Blue Horsehead Nebula looks quite different in infrared light.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Facing NGC 3344

From our vantage point in the Milky Way Galaxy, we see NGC 3344 face-on. Nearly 40,000 light-years across, the big, beautiful spiral galaxy is located just 20 million light-years away in the constellation of Leo Minor.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Sun Unleashed: Monster Filament in Ultraviolet

One of the most spectacular solar sights is an explosive flare

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: 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: 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: 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

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