Astronomy Picture Of the Day

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April 22, 2014 3:50 pm April 21, 2014 10:10 pm April 15, 2014 9:11 pm April 3, 2014 7:28 pm
Explanation: This fantastic skyscape lies near the edge of NGC 2174 a star forming region about 6,400 light-years away in the nebula-rich constellation of Orion. It follows mountainous clouds of gas and dust carved by winds and radiation from the region’s newborn stars, now found scattered in open star clusters embedded around the center of NGC 2174, off the top of the frame. Though star formation continues within these dusty cosmic clouds they will likely be dispersed by the energetic newborn stars within a few million years. Recorded at infrared wavelengths by the Hubble Space Telescope, the interstellar scene spans about 6 light-years.

Explanation: This fantastic skyscape lies near the edge of NGC 2174 a star forming region about 6,400 light-years away in the nebula-rich constellation of Orion. It follows mountainous clouds of gas and dust carved by winds and radiation from the region’s newborn stars, now found scattered in open star clusters embedded around the center of NGC 2174, off the top of the frame. Though star formation continues within these dusty cosmic clouds they will likely be dispersed by the energetic newborn stars within a few million years. Recorded at infrared wavelengths by the Hubble Space Telescope, the interstellar scene spans about 6 light-years.

5:40 pm

ladyavenal:

Seriously. his mouth movements in that second gif could keep me going for well over a month.

(Source: wonderlandinmymind, via totalfangirl221b)

1:20 pm

Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman at the Doctor Who 50th Celebration Event (21st November 2013)

(Source: jennalouisedaily, via david-tennants-little-fangirl)

April 2, 2014 7:54 pm 7:45 pm
thedemon-hauntedworld:

NGC 6188 and NGC 6164
Image Credit & Copyright: Harel Boren and Tal Faibish

Fantastic shapes lurk in clouds of glowing gas in NGC 6188, about 4,000 light-years away. The emission nebula is found near the edge of a large molecular cloud unseen at visible wavelengths, in the southern constellation Ara. Massive, young stars of the embedded Ara OB1 association were formed in that region only a few million years ago, sculpting the dark shapes and powering the nebular glow with stellar winds and intense ultraviolet radiation. The recent star formation itself was likely triggered by winds and supernova explosions, from previous generations of massive stars, that swept up and compressed the molecular gas. Joining NGC 6188 on this cosmic canvas is rare emission nebula NGC 6164, also created by one of the region’s massive O-type stars. Similar in appearance to many planetary nebulae, NGC 6164’s striking, symmetric gaseous shroud and faint halo surround its bright central star to the left of center. The impressively wide field of view spans over 3 degrees (six full Moons), corresponding to over 200 light years at the estimated distance of NGC 6188. Narrowband image data has been included in the natural looking color composite, adding to deep red emission from hydrogen and sulfur atoms and the blue-green light of oxygen atoms.

thedemon-hauntedworld:

NGC 6188 and NGC 6164
Image Credit & Copyright: Harel Boren and Tal Faibish

Fantastic shapes lurk in clouds of glowing gas in NGC 6188, about 4,000 light-years away. The emission nebula is found near the edge of a large molecular cloud unseen at visible wavelengths, in the southern constellation Ara. Massive, young stars of the embedded Ara OB1 association were formed in that region only a few million years ago, sculpting the dark shapes and powering the nebular glow with stellar winds and intense ultraviolet radiation. The recent star formation itself was likely triggered by winds and supernova explosions, from previous generations of massive stars, that swept up and compressed the molecular gas. Joining NGC 6188 on this cosmic canvas is rare emission nebula NGC 6164, also created by one of the region’s massive O-type stars. Similar in appearance to many planetary nebulae, NGC 6164’s striking, symmetric gaseous shroud and faint halo surround its bright central star to the left of center. The impressively wide field of view spans over 3 degrees (six full Moons), corresponding to over 200 light years at the estimated distance of NGC 6188. Narrowband image data has been included in the natural looking color composite, adding to deep red emission from hydrogen and sulfur atoms and the blue-green light of oxygen atoms.

(via hedwig-dordt)

April 1, 2014 4:07 pm
The Trifid Nebula, M20 or NGC6514, is a familiar sight and an excellent example of an emission and reflection nebula. The red emission nebula contains a bright blue star cluster near its center

The Trifid Nebula, M20 or NGC6514, is a familiar sight and an excellent example of an emission and reflection nebula. The red emission nebula contains a bright blue star cluster near its center

March 31, 2014 7:18 pm March 23, 2014 5:17 pm
sapta-loka:

Northern Sagittarius photographed from Landers, California.
(Hendren Imaging)

sapta-loka:

Northern Sagittarius photographed from Landers, California.

(Hendren Imaging)

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March 14, 2014 9:51 am

fadedconstellations:

Our Cosmic Address

"Observable universe" resembles the human brain *.*

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March 11, 2014 10:06 am March 6, 2014 9:38 pm March 4, 2014 3:11 pm

a-cumberbatch-of-cookies:

controversial-tabloid-story:

yousaynotorachetpussyjuicyjcant:

sirenknights:

Space, guys… SPACE!!!!

I kinda want all of these tattoo’d on me

fyi, these make really great phone wallpaper…

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