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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: TESS Launch Close Up

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) began its search for planets orbiting other stars by leaving planet Earth on April 18.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Moon in the Hyades

Have you seen the Moon lately? On April 18, its waxing sunlit crescent moved through planet Earth's night across a background of stars in the Hyades.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: NGC 7635: The Bubble Nebula

Blown by the wind from a massive star, this interstellar apparition has a surprisingly familiar shape.

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: M57: The Ring Nebula

Except for the rings of Saturn, the Ring Nebula (M57) is probably the most famous celestial band.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Flyover of Jupiter's North Pole in Infrared

What would it look like to fly over the North Pole of Jupiter?

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Space Shuttle Rising

What's that rising from the clouds? The space shuttle.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Martian Chiaroscuro

Deep shadows create dramatic contrasts between light and dark in this high-resolution close-up of the martian surface.

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.

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