1901 Photograph: The Orion Nebula

By the turn of the 20th century advances in photography contributed an important tool for astronomers.

The Elephant's Trunk Nebula in Cepheus

Like an illustration in a galactic Just So Story!

The Perseids and the Plough

Despite interfering moonlight, many denizens of planet Earth were able to watch this year's Perseid meteor shower.

Saturn Behind the Moon

What's that next to the Moon?

Supernova Cannon Expels Pulsar J0002

What could shoot out a neutron star like a cannon ball?

Perseid Meteors over Slovakia

Tonight is a good night to see meteors.

Arp 87: Merging Galaxies from Hubble

This dance is to the death. Along the way, as these two large galaxies duel, a cosmic bridge of stars, gas, and dust currently stretches over 75,000 light-years and joins them.

M16 Close Up

A star cluster around 2 million years young surrounded by natal clouds of dust and glowing gas, M16 is also known as The Eagle Nebula.

Atlas at Dawn

This single, 251-second long exposure follows the early flight of an Atlas V rocket on August 8.

Curiosity at Teal Ridge

Part of a 360 degree panorama, this view looks out from the Mars rover Curiosity's current location on the Red Planet dubbed Teal Ridge.

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