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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: Ancients of Sea and Sky

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

Astronomy Picture of the Day: An Active Prominence on the Sun

Sometimes the Sun's surface becomes a whirlwind of activity.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Mars Engulfed

What's happened to Mars? In 2001, Mars underwent a tremendous planet-wide dust storm

Astronomy Picture of the Day: A Sun Pillar over Norway

Have you ever seen a sun pillar? When the air is cold and the Sun is rising or setting, falling ice crystals can reflect sunlight and create an unusual column of light.

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.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Aurora and Manicouagan Crater from the Space Station

How many of these can you find in today's featured photograph: an aurora, airglow, one of the oldest impact craters on the Earth, snow and ice, stars, city lights, and part of the International Space Station?

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: Coronal Rain on the Sun

Does it rain on the Sun? Yes, although what falls is not water but extremely hot plasma.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Galaxies Away

This stunning group of galaxies is far, far away, about 450 million light-years from planet Earth and cataloged as galaxy cluster Abell S0740.

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