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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Pillars of the Eagle Nebula in Infrared

Newborn stars are forming in the Eagle Nebula. Gravitationally contracting in pillars of dense gas and dust, the intense radiation of these newly-formed bright stars is causing surrounding material to boil away.

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: NGC 6744 Close Up

Beautiful spiral galaxy NGC 6744 is nearly 175,000 light-years across, larger than our own Milky Way.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Seven Dusty Sisters

Is this really the famous Pleaides star cluster? Known for its iconic blue stars, the Pleaides is shown here in infrared light where the surrounding dust outshines the stars.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Gum Nebula Expanse

Named for a cosmic cloud hunter, Australian astronomer Colin Stanley Gum (1924-1960), The Gum Nebula is so large and close it is actually hard to see.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: NGC 1360: The Robin's Egg Nebula

This pretty cosmic cloud lies some 1,500 light-years away, it shape and color reminiscent of a blue robin's egg.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Galaxies in the River

Large galaxies grow by eating small ones. Even our own galaxy practices galactic cannibalism, absorbing small galaxies that get too close and are captured by the Milky Way's gravity.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Red Rectangle Nebula from Hubble

How was the unusual Red Rectangle nebula created?

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: The Snows of Churyumov-Gerasimenko

You couldn't really be caught in this blizzard while standing by a cliff on Churyumov-Gerasimenko, also known as comet 67P.

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