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Close Up.Close to the Great Bear (Ursa Major) and surrounded by the stars of the Hunting Dogs (Canes Venatici), this celestial wonder was discovered in 1781 by the metric French astronomer Pierre Mechain.

Horsehead Nebula | APOD: 2008 November 26 - The Horsehead Nebula in Orion

The Horsehead Nebula (also known as Barnard 33 in emission nebula IC is a dark nebula in the constellation Orion.

The bejeweled bugs of Hubert Duprat…

The bejeweled bugs of Hubert Duprat…

Artist Hubert Duprat: Caddisfly larvae build protective cases using materials found in their environment. Artist Hubert Duprat supplied them with gold leaf and precious stones. This is what they created.

M106 close up.  Ursa Major; discovered in 1781 by French astronomer Pierre Mechain.  Later added to Messier's catalog. Spiral galaxy, 30 thousand light years across, 21 million light years away.......... Tumblr

Close Up. Close to the Great Bear (Ursa Major) and surrounded by the stars of the Hunting Dogs (Canes Venatici), this celestial wonder was discovered in 1781 by the metric French.

This image, showing the center of the Milky Way, from the constellation Sagittarius to the constellation Scorpius, was taken by amateur astronomer and astrophotographer Stephane Guisard.

A pixel starscape from Paranal The second of three images of ESO’s GigaGalaxy Zoom project is a new and wonderful vista of the central parts of our galactic home, a 34 by.

Mira, a red giant star at the end of its life, has a comet-like tail that is 13 light-years long. Mira has been speeding around space for at least 30,000 years

Mira, a red giant star at the end of its life, has a comet-like tail that is 13 light-years long. Mira has been speeding around space for at least years

M104 (commonly known as the Sombrero Galaxy, also designated NGC 4594) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgo. It has an apparent visual magnitude of 8 and its angular diameter is 9x4 arc-minutes. M104 lies at an estimated distance of 50 million light years. It is one of the more famous members of the Messier Catalog.

This page contains an image of the spiral galaxy Sombrero Galaxy from the Messier Catalog of deep sky objects.

Astronomy Picture of the Day for 07 Dec 2013. Clicking on the picture will download  the highest resolution version available.

A different astronomy and space science related image is featured each day, along with a brief explanation.

M31 and M33

Separated by about 14 degrees Full Moons) in planet Earth's sky, spiral galaxies left, and are both large members of the Local Group, along with our own Milky Way galaxy.

A mere 30 million light-years away, large spiral galaxy NGC 3628 (center left) shares its neighborhood in the local Universe with two other large spirals, in a magnificent grouping otherwise known as the Leo Triplet. In fact, fellow trio member M65 is near the center right edge of this deep cosmic group portrait, with M66 just above it and to the left. #astronomy #space

A mere 30 million light-years away, large spiral galaxy NGC 3628 (center left) shares its neighborhood in the local Universe with two other large spirals, in a magnificent grouping otherwise known as the Leo Triplet.

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