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July 27, 2012


AM 0644-741 is an unbarred lenticular ring galaxy. There are many theories on how it got its odd shape. The favorite theory is that the oblong ring was shaped by a collision with another galaxy. The added gas from the collision had sparked star creation which is why the ring is filled with young blue stars.

AM 0644-741 is an unbarred lenticular ring galaxy. There are many theories on how it got its odd shape. The favorite theory is that the oblong ring was shaped by a collision with another galaxy. The added gas from the collision had sparked star creation which is why the ring is filled with young blue stars.

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December 20, 2011


the-star-stuff:

Sources of Light
The Milky Way is at the center, the Magellan clouds on the left and Zodiacal light on the right intercepting the Milky Way.Taken at Azul, Argentina.
Photo Credit: Luis Argerich 

the-star-stuff:

Sources of Light

The Milky Way is at the center, the Magellan clouds on the left and Zodiacal light on the right intercepting the Milky Way.
Taken at Azul, Argentina.
Photo Credit: Luis Argerich 

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October 20, 2011


M27, The Dumbbell Nebula.

Planetary Nebula at a distance of approx. 1,360 light years.

M27, The Dumbbell Nebula.

Planetary Nebula at a distance of approx. 1,360 light years.

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October 5, 2011


Hey everyone,

Please follow the new blog at: http://exploringthecosmos.tumblr.com/ !

It will be used much more than this current one. Thankyou :)

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July 18, 2011


NGC 2841 

Beautiful picture of a spiral galaxy :), about 50 million light years away.

NGC 2841 

Beautiful picture of a spiral galaxy :), about 50 million light years away.

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July 11, 2011


metaconscious:

The Known Universe by AMNH

The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world’s most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, the Digital Universe Atlas that is maintained and updated by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History. The new film, created by the Museum, is part of an exhibition, Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe, at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan through May 2010. 

Data: Digital Universe, American Museum of Natural History
http://www.haydenplanetarium.org/universe/

(via @eglinski)

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July 10, 2011


This event travelled 300 million light years to reach you. What’s more, this gamma ray burst may help provide clues for uniting relativity and quantum theory at last!

This event travelled 300 million light years to reach you. What’s more, this gamma ray burst may help provide clues for uniting relativity and quantum theory at last!

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frrrunkis:

This is my favorite thing in the universe. It is a beautiful picture of gravitational lensing. The bright ball in the middle is the center of Huchra’s Lens. Huchra’s Lens is a galaxy which is about 400 million light years away. The 4 bright balls around Huchra’s Lens are actually the same quasar called Einsteins cross, which sits directly in the line of sight behind Huchra’s Lens about 8 billion light years away.
Basically you are actually seeing the same quasar 4 times around the near galaxy because the extreme gravity is bending the light around the center of the galaxy.
One day when I have a large enough telescope my dream is to find Einstein’s cross.

frrrunkis:

This is my favorite thing in the universe. It is a beautiful picture of gravitational lensing. The bright ball in the middle is the center of Huchra’s Lens. Huchra’s Lens is a galaxy which is about 400 million light years away. The 4 bright balls around Huchra’s Lens are actually the same quasar called Einsteins cross, which sits directly in the line of sight behind Huchra’s Lens about 8 billion light years away.

Basically you are actually seeing the same quasar 4 times around the near galaxy because the extreme gravity is bending the light around the center of the galaxy.

One day when I have a large enough telescope my dream is to find Einstein’s cross.

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July 9, 2011