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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: Meteor Over Crater Lake

Did you see it? One of the more common questions during a meteor shower occurs because the time it takes for a meteor to flash is typically less than the time it takes for a head to turn.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Milky Way over Deadvlei in Namibia

What planet is this? It is the only planet currently known to have trees.

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: Fortuitous Flash Candidate for the Farthest Star Yet Seen

Was this flash the farthest star yet seen?

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

Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Coma Cluster of Galaxies

Almost every object in the above photograph is a galaxy

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

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