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Newly-discovered star-forming regions are concentrated at the end of the Milky Way's central bar and in the spiral arms.

The Milky Way is a spiral galaxy with several prominent arms containing stellar nurseries swathed in pink clouds of hydrogen gas. The sun is shown near the bottom in the Orion Spur.

This wide, detailed Spitzer Space Telescope view features infrared light from dust (red) and old stars (blue) in Andromeda, a massive spiral galaxy a mere 2.5 million light-years away.

BIG image of Andromeda. This wide, detailed Spitzer Space Telescope view features infrared light from dust (red) and old stars (blue) in Andromeda, a massive spiral galaxy a mere million light-years away.

☆ Dust ring around the star Fomalhaut is seen by ALMA ☆

Dust ring around the star Fomalhaut is seen by ALMA - Fomalhaut is the brightest star in the constellation Piscis Austrinus and one of the brightest stars in the sky.

The area shows almost no signs of cosmic matter, meaning no stars, planets, solar systems or clouds of cosmic dust. Researchers couldn't even find dark matter, which is invisible but measurable by its gravitational pull. There were also no signs of black holes that might have gobbled up the matter once present in the region.

The Eridanus Void. This area shows almost no signs of cosmic matter, meaning no stars, planets, solar systems or clouds of cosmic dust. Researchers couldn't even find dark matter, which is invisible but measurable by its gravitational pull or black holes.

Brown Dwarfs: Strange Failed Stars of the Universe Explained (Infograph)

Brown dwarfs started out the same as ordinary stars, collapsing from giant nebulas of dust and gas. Most brown dwarfs are not quite massive enough to sustain a nuclear fusion reaction at their cores

18 Amazing Science GIFs

18 Amazing Science GIFs

The largest discovered star in our universe, compared to Earth…(GIF)

Lyrid Meteor Shower, observed when the planet makes its annual passage through the dust stream of long-period Comet Thatcher. image from April

HST image of interacting spiral galaxies NGC 2207 and IC 2163 -  Located about 130 million light years from Earth, in the constellation of Canis Major, this pair of spiral galaxies has been caught in a grazing encounter. - Credits: Debra Meloy Elmegreen (Vassar College) et al., & the Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/ STScI/ NASA)

From Hubble - Interacting Spiral Galaxies NGC 2207 and More soon IC 2163

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