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Just now, as I looked up at the evening Moon, I remarked to my mother how much I’ve fallen in love with that “cold-hearted orb that rules the night" since I swung this blog in the direction of outer space. That’s when I thought, hey, let’s do a Saturday night Moon set! And here we are with lunar images from the Apollo 10 mission, May 1969. (NASA)

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Spiral Galaxy NGC 3344
NGC 3344 is a glorious spiral galaxy around half the size of the Milky Way, which lies 25 million light-years distant. We are fortunate enough to see NGC 3344 face-on, allowing us to study its structure in detail.
The galaxy features an outer ring swirling around an inner ring with a subtle bar structure in the centre. The central regions of the galaxy are predominately populated by young stars, with the galactic fringes also featuring areas of active star formation.
Central bars are found in around two thirds of spiral galaxies. NGC 3344’s is clearly visible here, although it is not as dramatic as some (see for example heic1202).
Credit: NASA/Hubble

Coal Sack Nebula
The Coalsack Dark Nebula is the most prominent dark nebula in the skies, easily visible to the naked eye as a dark patch silhouetted against the southern Milky Way.
Credit: Dieter Willasch Astro-Cabinet

"Probably no stars will physically hit each other. There’s just so much space between the stars, but when Andromeda collides with us it’ll have a huge impact on the Milky Way. Some things will get thrown into the black hole in the middle, some stars will get ripped off and thrown away into space, so it’ll be dramatic. And the entire night sky will change." - The Universe S1E9 Alien Galaxies

(Source: galactic-centre, via megacosms)


National Geographic, June 1989 

… Here is one of the largest objects that anyone will ever see on the sky. Each of these fuzzy blobs is a galaxy, together making up the Perseus Cluster, one of the closest clusters of galaxies. The cluster is seen through a foreground of faint stars in our own Milky Way Galaxy. Near the cluster center, roughly 250 million light-years away, is the cluster’s dominant galaxy NGC 1275, seen above as a large galaxy on the image left. A prodigious source of x-rays and radio emission, NGC 1275 accretes matter as gas and galaxies fall into it. The Perseus Cluster of Galaxies, also cataloged as Abell 426, is part of the Pisces-Perseus supercluster spanning over 15 degrees and containing over 1,000 galaxies…

(Source: jonyorkblog, via justatemporarystay)


If the timeline of the universe were compressed into our calendar, everything humans have ever done would be within the last second of December, 31.


Happy 23rd Birthday, Hubbs!

10 perfect images courtesy of Hubble Space Telescope (launched April 24, 1990)

The Hubble makes me go crazy

(Source: hubblesite.org, via in-sideration)

(Source: Flickr / gsfc, via dee-lirium)