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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Rings Around the Ring Nebula

There is much more to the familiar Ring Nebula (M57), however, than can be seen through a small telescope.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Star Trails and the Bracewell Radio Sundial

Sundials use the location of a shadow to measure the Earth's rotation and indicate the time of day.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Centaurus A

Only 11 million light-years away, Centaurus A is the closest active galaxy to planet Earth.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: The East 96th Street Moon

A very full Moon rose over Manhattan's Upper Eastside on June 28, known to some as the Strawberry Moon.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Galaxy in a Crystal Ball

A small crystal ball seems to hold a whole galaxy in this creative snapshot.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Ancients of Sea and Sky

They may look like round rocks, but they're alive.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Cat's Eye Nebula from Hubble

To some, it may look like a cat's eye. The alluring Cat's Eye nebula, however, lies three thousand light-years from Earth across interstellar space.

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 Clash of NGC 3256

Marked by an unusually bright central region, swirling dust lanes, and far flung tidal tails, peculiar NGC 3256 is the aftermath of a truly cosmic collision.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Jupiter Season, Hawaiian Sky

Volcanic activity on the Big Island of Hawaii has increased since this Hawaiian night skyscape was recorded earlier this year.

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