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Birth of a star!  This image from ESO's New Technology Telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile shows the Herbig-Haro object HH 46/47 as jets emerging from a star-forming dark cloud. This object was the target of a study using ALMA during the Early Science

This image from ESO's New Technology Telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile shows the Herbig-Haro object HH as jets emerging from a star-forming dark cloud. This object was the target of a study using ALMA during the Early Science phase.

Cinderella's Slipper Galaxy?  Visible as a small, sparkling hook in the dark sky, this beautiful object is known as J082354.96+280621.6, or J082354.96 for short. It is a starburst galaxy, so named because of the incredibly (and unusually) high rate of star formation occurring within it.   Hat tip to Phil Plait and his fans for noticing the galaxy and giving it a cool name.  Image: ESA/Hubble & NASA, M. Hayes [high-resolution]  Caption: Hubble Heritage Team

Space Photo of the Day 2013

Visible as a small, sparkling hook in the dark sky, this beautiful object is known as or for short. It is a starburst galaxy, so named because of the incredibly (and unusually) high rate of star formation occurring within it.

The area shows almost no signs of cosmic matter, meaning no stars, planets, solar systems or clouds of cosmic dust. Researchers couldn't even find dark matter, which is invisible but measurable by its gravitational pull. There were also no signs of black holes that might have gobbled up the matter once present in the region.

The Eridanus Void. This area shows almost no signs of cosmic matter, meaning no stars, planets, solar systems or clouds of cosmic dust. Researchers couldn't even find dark matter, which is invisible but measurable by its gravitational pull or black holes.

Helix Nebula..oh my sweet Lord, how SPECTACULAR is this..my heart says it is  "the eye of God"   wow!!

The Helix Nebula (The Eye of God or is a large planetary nebula 700 light years away in Aquarius. The glow of the central star is so energetic that it causes the previously expelled gases to brightly fluoresce.

Iris, the Stars Are Bright Pin It Credit: Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope/Coelum 11/3/14: The Iris Nebula, NGC 7023, lies 1,300 light-years away in the constellation Cepheus.

The Iris Nebula, NGC lies light-years away in the constellation Cepheus. Atoms floating in the interstellar medium, including carbon and silicon, combine into tiny particles about the dimension of a visible light wave, causing scattering of light.

Entropic Decay

I was big-bang born and I will wither with the crunch. Such is the existence of star-children.

A rare and hard to spot phenomenon called the Zodiacal Light, made from tiny solar system dust particles, can only be sighted under the best conditions. And a good time to view it is coming up soon.   The Milky Way arches across this panorama above Paranal Observatory, Chile, as the moon rises with the zodiacal light shining above it.

The Milky Way arches across this panorama above Paranal Observatory, Chile, as the moon rises with the zodiacal light shining above it.

Galaxies 'Coming of Age' in Cosmic Blobs (NASA, Chandra, 6/24/09) | by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Galaxies 'Coming of Age' in Cosmic Blobs (NASA, Chandra, 6/24/09) | by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

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