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Astronomy Picture of the Day: M43: Orion Falls

Is there a waterfall in Orion? No, but some of the dust in M43 appears similar to a waterfall on Earth.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Sound and Light Captured by Mars InSight

Your arm on Mars has unusual powers. For one thing it is nearly 2 meters long, has a scoop and grapple built into its hand, and has a camera built into its forearm.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Aurora Shimmer, Meteor Flash

Some night skies are serene and passive -- others shimmer and flash. The later, in the form of auroras and meteors, haunted skies over the island of Kvaløya, near Tromsø Norway on 2009 December 13.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Tiny Planet Timelapse

You can pack a lot of sky watching into 30 seconds on this tiny planet. Of course, the full spherical image timelapse video was recorded on planet Earth, from Grande Pines Observatory outside Pinehurst, North Carolina.

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: Across Corona Australis

Cosmic dust clouds are draped across a rich field of stars in this broad telescopic panorama near the northern boundary of Corona Australis, the Southern Crown.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: IC 1871: Inside the Soul Nebula

This cosmic close-up looks deep inside the Soul Nebula.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: InSight's First Image from Mars

Welcome to Mars, NASA Insight. Yesterday NASA's robotic spacecraft InSight made a dramatic landing on Mars after a six-month trek across the inner Solar System.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Good Morning Leonid

On November 17, just an hour before sunrise, this bright and colorful meteor flashed through clear predawn skies.

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