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Astronomy Picture of the Day: TESS Launch Close Up

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) began its search for planets orbiting other stars by leaving planet Earth on April 18.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Moon in the Hyades

Have you seen the Moon lately? On April 18, its waxing sunlit crescent moved through planet Earth's night across a background of stars in the Hyades.

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: M22 and the Wanderers

Wandering through the constellation Sagittarius, bright planets Mars and Saturn appeared together in early morning skies over the last weeks.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Fortuitous Flash Candidate for the Farthest Star Yet Seen

Was this flash the farthest star yet seen?

Astronomy Picture of the Day: NGC 6960: The Witch's Broom Nebula

Ten thousand years ago, before the dawn of recorded human history, a new light would have suddenly have appeared in the night sky and faded after a few weeks

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 289: Swirl in the Southern Sky

About 70 million light-years distant, gorgeous spiral galaxy NGC 289 is larger than our own Milky Way

Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Milky Way over the Seven Strong Men Rock Formations


Astronomy Picture of the Day: NGC 247 and Friends

About 70,000 light-years across, NGC 247 is a spiral galaxy smaller than our Milky Way

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