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This Mind-blowing Photo of the Milky Way Shows 84 Million Stars in 9 Billion Pixels

The Milky Way - 84 Million Stars in 9 Billion Pixels via petapixel: The image is a composite of thousands of photos shot by the VISTA survey camera by Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. if you were to print out this image as a standard book photograph, it would be nearly 30-feet wide and 23-feet. Here is the link to the zoomable image. #Astronomy #Milky_Way #hahahaha8888


When I clicked on this it took me to a site talking about why Sirius (and stars in general) twinkle. Which is exactly what my Astronomy book I was taking a break from was talking about. Gorgeous photo - I want to see this (in this way) in real life!


The Tornado (shown here as an artist's impression) is an unusual radio source near the center of the Milky Way showing remarkable filamentary structures influenced by the magnetic field. It is thought to be a supernova remnant, although evidence is still inconclusive. Another unusual source is a cluster of bright, compact nebulae located in the lower right edge of the Nebula. Astronomers debate the nature of the relationship between the larger Tornado Nebula and the cluster of compact…


What is pictured above is actually a disk galaxy being seen almost perfectly edge on. The image from the Hubble Space Telescope is a spectacular visual reminder of just how thin disk galaxies can be. NGC 4762, a galaxy in the nearby Virgo Cluster of Galaxies, is so thin that it is actually difficult to determine what type of disk galaxy it is. Its lack of a visible dust lane indicates that it is a low-dust lenticular galaxy, although it is still possible that a view from on top would reveal…

from Mashable

Monster black hole is the largest and brightest ever found

An artist's illustration of the black hole at the heart of a quasar in the distant universe. The biggest black hole known to exist lives in the nearby galaxy M87. It's 2,000 times bigger than the Milky Way's supermassive black hole.