The Andromeda Galaxy (M31) ~ A massive spiral 2.5 million light-years away, over twice the diameter of our own Milky Way, it's the largest nearby galaxy. Andromeda's population of bright young blue stars lie along its sweeping spiral arms. (Spitzer Space Telescope)

The Andromeda Galaxy (M31) ~ A massive spiral 2.5 million light-years away, over twice the diameter of our own Milky Way, it's the largest nearby galaxy. Andromeda's population of bright young blue stars lie along its sweeping spiral arms. (Spitzer Space Telescope)

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Bright Spiral Galaxy M81 One of the brightest galaxies in planet Earth's sky is similar in size to our Milky Way Galaxy: big, beautiful M81. Image Credit: Subaru Telescope (NAOJ), Hubble Space Telescope; Processing & Copyright: Roberto Colombari & Robert Gendler

Bright Spiral Galaxy M81 One of the brightest galaxies in planet Earth's sky is similar in size to our Milky Way Galaxy: big, beautiful M81. Image Credit: Subaru Telescope (NAOJ), Hubble Space Telescope; Processing & Copyright: Roberto Colombari & Robert Gendler

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Omega Nebula ~  Sculpted by stellar winds and radiation, the star factory also known as Messier 17 lies some 5,500 light-years away in the nebula-rich constellation Sagittarius.  The sharp, composite, color image shows faint details of the region's gas and dust clouds against a backdrop of central Milky Way stars. (Subaru Telescope (NAOJ), Hubble Space Telescope)

Omega Nebula ~ Sculpted by stellar winds and radiation, the star factory also known as Messier 17 lies some 5,500 light-years away in the nebula-rich constellation Sagittarius. The sharp, composite, color image shows faint details of the region's gas and dust clouds against a backdrop of central Milky Way stars. (Subaru Telescope (NAOJ), Hubble Space Telescope)

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In the Center of the Trifid Nebula. Clouds of glowing gas mingle with dust lanes in the Trifid Nebula, a star forming region toward the constellation of the Archer (Sagittarius). In the center, the three prominent dust lanes that give the Trifid its name all come together. Mountains of opaque dust appear on the right, while other dark filaments of dust are visible threaded throughout the nebula. A single massive star visible near the center causes much of the Trifid's glow.

In the Center of the Trifid Nebula. Clouds of glowing gas mingle with dust lanes in the Trifid Nebula, a star forming region toward the constellation of the Archer (Sagittarius). In the center, the three prominent dust lanes that give the Trifid its name all come together. Mountains of opaque dust appear on the right, while other dark filaments of dust are visible threaded throughout the nebula. A single massive star visible near the center causes much of the Trifid's glow.

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A stunning image of M31 captured by Subaru Telescope's Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) displays the fruits of international collaboration and technological sophistication aligned with cutting-edge science.

A stunning image of M31 captured by Subaru Telescope's Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) displays the fruits of international collaboration and technological sophistication aligned with cutting-edge science.

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Subaru Telescope's HSC captures the Andromeda galaxy in spectacular detail By Chris Wood August 1, 2013 HSC's image of the neighboring Andromeda galaxy (Image: HSC Project/NAOJ)

Subaru Telescope's HSC captures the Andromeda galaxy in spectacular detail By Chris Wood August 1, 2013 HSC's image of the neighboring Andromeda galaxy (Image: HSC Project/NAOJ)

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NGC 2403 in Camelopardalis  Credit: Image Data - Subaru Telescope (NAOJ), Hubble Legacy Archive; Processing - Robert Gendler

NGC 2403 in Camelopardalis Credit: Image Data - Subaru Telescope (NAOJ), Hubble Legacy Archive; Processing - Robert Gendler

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NGC 4725 | Image Data: Subaru Telescope (NAOJ), Hubble Space Telescope

NGC 4725 | Image Data: Subaru Telescope (NAOJ), Hubble Space Telescope

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