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Hubble Spotlight on Irregular Galaxy IC 3583

Dec. 2, 2016 Hubble Spotlight on Irregular Galaxy IC 3583 galaxy with bright stars

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Glorious Sirius looks like one bright star but is actually a binary system composed of 2 stars (Sirius A, the brighter & Sirius B, a faint white dwarf). Together, they glitter like a silver-blue diamond! Binary stars are too close to be distinguished from one another when observed from Earth and are hence mistaken for one. The two stars of a binary typically orbit about a common center of mass. Sirius is easy to see in the spring and winter skies.

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The constellation of Orion is rich with impressive nebulas. Of the many interesting details that particularly draws the eye is Barnard’s Loop, the bright red circular filament arcing down from the middle. The bright orange star on the upper left is Betelgeuse, while the bright blue star on the lower right is Rigel. Other famous nebulas visible include the Witch Head Nebula, the Flame Nebula, and the comparatively small Horsehead Nebula. NASA-APOD, Stanislav Volskiy.

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Photo: LMC - N49, or, Supernova remnant . N 49 , or, Stellar shrapnel, is the brightest supernova remnant in the Large Magellanic Cloud, approximately 160,000 light - years from Earth. It has been assessed to be roughly 50,000 years old. The latest pictures of N 49 by the Chandra X - Ray Observatory have revealed a bullet - shaped object traveling at about 5 million miles an hour away from a bright X - ray and gamma - ray point source, probably a neutron star with an extremely powerful…

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"Perhaps the most famous star cluster on the sky, the bright stars of the Pleiades can be seen without binoculars from even the depths of a light-polluted city..."

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The sword on Orion. Interesting idea for nebula or universe tattoo. For similar photos... http://hubblesite.org/gallery/album/entire/hires/true/

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Telescope Observes Super-Earth Transiting Bright Star

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This craggy fantasy mountaintop enshrouded by wispy clouds looks like a bizarre landscape from Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" or a Dr. Seuss book, depending on your imagination. The NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, which is even more dramatic than fiction, captures the chaotic activity atop a three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust that is being eaten away by the brilliant light from nearby bright stars

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The Tortured Clouds of #EtaCarinae | Massive stars can wreak havoc on their surroundings, as can be seen in this new view of the Carina nebula from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope. The bright star at the center of the nebula is Eta Carinae, one of the most massive stars in the galaxy. Its blinding glare is sculpting and destroying the surrounding nebula.

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