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Supernova Survivor (Feb 12 2004) Credit: Justyn R. Maund (IoA/Univ. Cambridge) et al., ESA Inset Left: Isaac Newton Telescope, Bottom: Hubble WFPC2, Right: Hubble ACS Beginning with a full view of beautiful spiral galaxy M81, follow the insets (left, bottom, then right) to zoom in on a real survivor. Seen at the center of the final field on the right is a star recently identified as the survivor of a cosmic cataclysm -- the supernova explosion of its companion star. #astronomy

Nearby Spiral Galaxy NGC 4945 Credit: 2P2 Team, WFI, MPG/ESO 2.2-m Telescope, La Silla, ESO

NGC 2442: Galaxy in Volans Credit & Copyright: Martin PughExplanation: Distorted galaxy NGC 2442 can be found in the southern constellation of the flying fish, (Piscis) Volans. Located about 50 million light-years away, the galaxy’s two spiral arms extending from a pronounced central bar give it a hook-shaped appearance. This deep color image also shows the arms’ obscuring dust lanes, young blue star clusters and reddish star forming regions surrounding a core of yellowish light from an…

The Antennae A pair of interacting galaxies, NGC 4038/NGC 4039 or Caldwell 60/61, are currently going through a phase of starburst. Credit: Star Shadows Remote Observatory and PROMPT/CTIO

The Virgo Cluster of Galaxies is the closest cluster of galaxies to our Milky Way Galaxy.

Bright lenticular galaxy M86 is near center of this cosmic view, at the heart of the Virgo Galaxy Cluster. Other bright galaxies in the neighborhood include M84 at the upper right, edge-on spiral NGC4388 near the right edge, a striking pair of interacting galaxies, Markarian's Eyes, in the lower left corner, and edge-on spiral NGC 4402 at about 11 o'clock.

IC 2574: Coddington's Nebula (June 22 2012) Image Credit & Copyright: Stephen Leshin Grand spiral galaxies often seem to get all the glory, flaunting their young, bright, blue star clusters in beautiful, symmetric spiral arms. But small, irregular galaxies form stars too. In fact dwarf galaxy IC 2574 shows clear evidence of intense star forming activity in its telltale pinkish regions of glowing hydrogen gas. Just as in spiral galaxies, the turbulent star-forming regions in IC 2574 (...)…