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A Fascinating Look at the Universe (21 pics)

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The Veil Nebula

Filaments of the Vela Supernova Remnant – The explosion is over but the consequences continue. About 11,000 years ago a star in the constellation of Vela could be seen to explode, creating a strange point of light briefly visible to humans living near the beginning of recorded history

The nebula, located 20,000 light-years away in the constellation Carina, contains a central cluster of huge, hot stars, called NGC 3603

The Tarantula nebula is located 170,000 light-years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud in the Southern sky. Just above the centre of this image there is a huge cluster of very hot stars called R136. The stars there are among the most massive stars we know

Six years ago, astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope discovered a ghostly ring of dark matter that formed long ago during a titanic collision between two massive galaxy clusters. The ring’s discovery is among the strongest evidence yet that dark matter exists.

The Pleiades Star Cluster

M2-9: Wings of a Butterfly Nebula — In the center, two stars orbit inside a gaseous disk 10 times the orbit of Pluto. The expelled envelope of the dying star breaks out from the disk creating the bipolar appearance

“Mystic Mountain” in the Carina Nebula taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

A superbubble in the Large Magellanic Cloud

Rebel Angel taken by Hubble Space Telescope

Supernova Remnant W49B

Orion’s Belt

Infrared view of the Orion Nebula, 1350 light-years away

These two spiral galaxies, drawn together by gravity, started to interact a few hundred million years ago. The Antennae Galaxies are the nearest and youngest examples of a pair of colliding galaxie

Infrared view of the Horsehead Nebula

The Tadpole Galaxy: “Its eye-catching tail is about 280 thousand light-years long and features massive, bright blue star clusters”

Two decades ago, astronomers spotted one of the brightest exploding stars in more than 400 years. Since that first sighting, the doomed star, called Supernova 1987A, has continued to fascinate astronomers with its spectacular light show

A “supermassive” star, hundreds of times larger than our sun, surrounded by obscuring outflowing gas

Magnificent CME Erupts on the Sun August 31, 2012

Milky Way over Statues of Easter Island

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