The Heavens

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Eta and Keyhole in the Carina Nebula

Eta and Keyhole in the Carina Nebula Credit & Copyright: Brad Moore Explanation: South is toward the top in this colorful close-up view of the Great Carina Nebula (NGC 3372), famous star-forming region of the southern sky. Covering an area surrounding the dusty Keyhole Nebula (NGC 3324) near picture... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Gas Cloud Eating A Galaxy

CG4: A Ruptured Cometary Globule Credit & Copyright: T. A. Rector ( U. Alaska ), T. Abbott, NOAO, AURA, NSF Explanation: Can a gas cloud eat a galaxy? It's not even close. The odd looking "creature" in the center of the above photo is a gas cloud known as a cometary globule. This globule, however,... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 9, 2006

Trio Leo...WOW

Trio Leo Credit & Copyright: Daniel Verschatse ( Antilhue Observatory ) Explanation: This popular group is famous as the Leo Triplet - a gathering of three magnificent galaxies in one field of view. Crowd pleasers when imaged with even modest telescopes, these galaxies can be introduced individually... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Not Exactly the Heavens But Important

Earth's Shrinking Antarctic Ice Sheet Credit: Ben Holt Sr., GRACE team, DLR, NASA Explanation: Is the continent at the end of the Earth slowly melting? For millions of years, Antarctica, the frozen continent at the southern end of planet Earth, has been encased in a gigantic sheet of ice. Recently,... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 2, 2006

New kind of cosmic explosion

Image above: Scientists are studying a strange explosion that appeared on February 18, 2006, about 440 million light years away in the constellation Aries. The "before" image on the left is from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. The "after" image on the right is from NASA Swift's Ultraviolet/Optical... Sign in to see full entry.


This is a painting of the Milkyway but the next is a real picture of the spiral galaxy Messier 101 Messier 101 Image Credit: NASA, ESA, CFHT, NOAO; Acknowledgement - K.Kuntz ( GSFC ), F.Bresolin ( U.Hawaii ), J.Trauger ( JPL ), J.Mould ( NOAO ), Y.-H.Chu ( U. Illinois ) Explanation: Big, beautiful... Sign in to see full entry.

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