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Sep 1, 2010
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Unbarred spiral galaxy NGC 5033, located ~ 40 million ly away in the constellation of The Hunting Dogs.
The galaxy is similar in size to our own galaxy, at just > 100000 ly across.
Like in the Milky Way NGC 5033’s spiral arms are dotted with blue regions, indicating ongoing star formation.
The blue patches house hot, young stars in the process of forming, while the older, cooler stars populating the galaxy’s centre cause it to appear redder in colour.
NGC 5033 has a bright and energetic core called an active galactic nucleus, which is powered by a supermassive black hole.

This image from ALMA shows the area surrounding Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole that lurks at the center of our galaxy — highlighted here with a small circle.
Interstellar gas and dust orbit the black hole at high speeds.

The BepiColombo Mercury Transfer Module (MTM) has returned its first images from space.

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This striking view of layered sediments on Mars was captured by the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter’s Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System, CaSSIS, on 2 October 2018.

A swirling, oval white cloud in Jupiter's South Temperate Belt is captured in this image from NASA's Juno spacecraft.

On Sept. 25, 2018, Parker Solar Probe captured a view of Earth as it sped toward the first Venus gravity assist of the mission. Earth is the bright, round object visible in the right side of this image, taken by Parker Solar Probe's Wide-field Imager for Solar Probe (WISPR) instrument. The elongated mark toward the bottom of the panel is a lens reflection from the WISPR instrument.

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In a stellar nursery called the Serpens Nebula, ~ 1300 ly away, a young star's game of shadow play is revealing secrets of its unseen planet-forming disk. The near-infrared vision of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured the shadow cast by the fledgling star's brilliant light being blocked by this disk. Named HBC 672, this Sun-like star is surrounded by a debris ring of dust, rock and ice — a disk that is too small and too distant to be seen, even by Hubble. But like a little fly that wanders into the beam of a flashlight shining on a wall, its shadow is projected large upon the cloud in which it was born.

Witch Head Nebula

Solar Prominence



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Very nice find!! cool vid :)
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Mysterious Interstellar Object 'Oumuamua Might Be An Alien Lightsail Spacecraft, Astrophysicists Say
Eh what?
Polar lights on Uranus


Abell 2597

ESO 338-4 - blue compact lonely dwarf galaxy, a staggering 100 million ly away from us