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SDSS J1138+2754 galaxy cluster is creating such a strong gravitational field that it's bending the very fabric of its surroundings.
This causes the billion-year-old light from galaxies sitting behind it to travel along distorted, curved paths, transforming the familiar shapes of spirals and ellipticals into long, smudged arcs and scattered dashes.


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Chryse Planitia, Mars (Pitted Cones: Possible Methane Sources?)



Bright spots on Ceres






 
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This image shows a massive galaxy cluster embedded in the middle of a field of ~ 8000 galaxies scattered across spacetime.




ICESat-2 launch



The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) took this snapshot of the Large Magellanic Cloud (right) and the bright star R Doradus (left) with just a single detector of one of its cameras on Tuesday, Aug. 7.




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An odd-shaped formation of gas and dust at the centre of the Milky Way, captured by the far-infrared cameras on board ESA’s Herschel space observatory.

∞-shaped loop, estimated to have a whopping 30 million solar masses, is made up of dense gas and dust at a temperature of just 15 K. Displayed in yellow in the image, it contrasts with warmer, less dense gas and dust from the centre of the Galaxy that appears inside the strip and is coloured in blue. Surrounding the loop is cool gas, painted in red-brownish tones.

The ring and its surroundings harbour a number of star-forming regions and young stars, which stand out in bright-blue colour in the image. The area is part of the Central Molecular Zone, a region at the centre of the Milky Way permeated with molecular clouds, which are ideal sites for star formation.

The Galactic Centre is located ~ 30000 ly away from us, in the direction of the Sagittarius constellation. It is a complex and dynamic place, with emission nebulae and supernova remnants – in addition to star-forming molecular clouds – surrounding the supermassive black hole that sits at our Galaxy’s core. The gas and dust in this region appears mostly dark when viewed through an optical telescope, but it can be seen clearly with Herschel’s instruments.



Galaxy cluster SDSS J1050+0017
 
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Hayabusa 2 rovers send new images from Ryugu surface






Animation of a neutron star with 'impossible' jets



Rotating globes from May 28 and July 1 show a global dust storm completely obscuring the surface of Mars.



Opportunity rover emerges in a dusty picture



Einstein’s theory still passes the test: weak and strong gravity objects fall the same way


Occator Crater on Ceres' Limb

 
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Barred Spiral Galaxy M95 (NGC 3351) located ~ 35 million ly away in the constellation of Leo.




Fierce Winds Quench Wildfire-like Starbirth in Far-flung Galaxy



CK Vulpeculae star-on-star collision takes the form of dual rings of dust and gas resembling an hourglass with a compact central object.
A brown dwarf (a so-called failed star without the mass to sustain nuclear fusion) merged with a white dwarf (the elderly, cooling remains of a Sun-like star).
According to the researchers, the white dwarf would have been about 10 times more massive than the brown dwarf, though much smaller in size.
As the brown dwarf spiraled inward, intense tidal forces exerted by the white dwarf would have ripped it apart.



A multiwavelength view of the field around the Milky Way's galactic center seen from the X-ray (blue) through the infrared (red).



X-ray glow (shown here in purple) emitted by the hot gas that pervades the galaxy cluster XLSSC006.

The cluster is home to a few hundreds of galaxies, large amounts of diffuse, X-ray bright gas, and even larger amounts of dark matter, with a total mass equivalent to some 500 trillion solar masses. Because of its distance from us, we are seeing this galaxy cluster as it was when the Universe was only ~9 billion years old.

The galaxies that belong to the cluster are concentrated towards the center, with two dominant members. Since galaxy clusters normally have only one major galaxy at their core, this suggests that XLSSC006 is undergoing a merger event.

 

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I don't recall seeing this: very cool, I thought

 
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This image, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), shows a patch of space filled with galaxies of all shapes, colours, and sizes.



A team of astronomers used the VIMOS instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) to identify a gigantic proto-supercluster of galaxies forming in the early Universe, just 2.3 billion years after the Big Bang. This structure, which the researchers nicknamed Hyperion, is the largest and most massive structure to be found so early in the formation of the Universe [1].



The enormous mass of the proto-supercluster is calculated to be > quadrillion times that of the Sun.

 
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