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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: NGC 1499: The California Nebula

There's even a California in space. Drifting through the Orion Arm of the spiral Milky Way Galaxy, this cosmic cloud by chance echoes the outline of California on the west coast of the United States.

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: The NGC 6914 Complex

A study in contrasts, this colorful skyscape features stars, dust, and glowing gas in the vicinity of NGC 6914.

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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Moon, Mars, and Milky Way

Just two weeks ago, dark skies over the desert in northern Iran held this alluring celestial vista.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Six Planets from Yosemite

The five naked-eye planets, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, have been seen since ancient times to wander the night skies of planet Earth.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Countryside Mars and Milky Way

Mars shines brightly now in planet Earth's sky.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: The View Toward M101

Big, beautiful spiral galaxy M101 is one of the last entries in Charles Messier's famous catalog, but definitely not one of the least.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Gaia's Milky Way

This grand allsky view of our Milky Way and nearby galaxies is not a photograph.

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