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Anthony Jo_1_galaxy
Anthony Johnson

• 2 years ago

Scattered within this cavernous nebula, NGC 604, are over 200 newly formed hot, massive, stars. At 1,500 light-years across, this expansive cloud of interstellar gas and dust is effectively a giant stellar nursery located in the spiral galaxy, M33, three million light-years distant.

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AStronomy Picture of the Day for 22 May 2014. Beautiful emission nebula NGC 6164 was created by a rare, hot, luminous O-type star, some 40 times as massive as the Sun. Seen at the center of the cosmic cloud, the star is a mere 3 to 4 million years old. In another three to four million years the massive star will end its life in a supernova explosion.

A giant gas cloud spanning 300,000 light years with a mass of 10 billion Suns inside the galaxy merger system NGC 6240, involving two spiral Milky Way-sized galaxies each containing a supermassive black hole in the center. This collision has also sparked a burst of stellar birth, which has lasted for at least 200 million years. This has led to violent supernovas as some of the most massive stars have rapidly completed their stellar evolution.

Shaping NGC 6188. At the estimated distance of NGC 6188, the picture spans about 200 light-years.

Clouds of Perseus ~ contains over 10,000 solar masses of gas and dust, but the eye is drawn to red NGC 1499. Known as the California Nebula, its characteristic glow of atomic hydrogen gas is fueled by ultraviolet light from luminous blue star Xi Persei. Farther along, intriguing young star cluster IC 348 and neighboring Flying Ghost Nebula. On the outskirts of a giant molecular cloud, another active star forming region, NGC 1333, lies near the edge of the wide field of view.

NGC 6357: Cathedral to Massive Stars

Galaxy M82, is 12 million light years distant but still big enough to see. That's big. The red filaments of gas being blown out from it extend up to 10,000 light years.

Dust Pillar of the Carina Nebula Inside the head of this interstellar monster is a star that is slowly destroying it. The monster, actually an inanimate pillar of gas and dust, measures over a light year in length. The star, not itself visible through the opaque dust, is bursting out partly by ejecting energetic beams of particles.

5000 light years away and 300 light years across - The elusive Jellyfish Nebula...

The Flaming Star nebula lies about 1,500 light years distant, spans about 5 light years, and is visible with a small telescope toward the constellation of the Charioteer (Auriga).
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