Eta Carinae, a star about 8,000 light years away that is in the very last stages of its life. Eta Carinae is over 100 times more massive
Cathedral to Massive Stars - The Hubble Space Telescope took this spellbinding image of Pismis 24 (shown center above), one of the most massive and luminous star clusters known, glimmering above the NGC 6357 nebula that is approximately 8150 light-years away. According to NASA's estimates, the brightest star of Pismis 24 cluster is over 200 times the mass of our Sun.
The breathtakingly beautiful Cocoon Nebula is located about 4,000 light years away toward the constellation of Cygnus. Hidden inside the Cocoon is a newly developing open cluster of stars dominated by a massive star in the center of the above image that opened a hole in an existing molecular cloud through which much of the glowing material flows. The same star, which formed about 100,000 years ago, provides the energy source for much of the emitted and reflected light from this nebula.
Death Star: Eta Carinae, one of the closest stars to Earth is huge and unstable and will likely explode in a supernova in the relatively
Located 9,000 light-years away, NGC 3576 is a gigantic region of glowing gas about 100 light-years across, where stars are currently forming. The intense radiation and winds from the massive stars are shredding the clouds from which they form, creating dramatic scenery. - Credit: ESO
U Cam, is a star 1,500 light years away, nearing the end of its life. As it begins to run low on fuel, it is becoming unstable. Every few thousand years, it coughs out a nearly spherical shell of gas as a layer of helium around its core begins to fuse.
What you’re looking at is a collision on a massive scale: not just two galaxies, but two clusters of galaxies slamming into each other, forming this object, called Abell 2052. The total mass of this combined cluster is almost beyond imagining: something like a quadrillion times the mass of the Sun — 1,000,000,000,000,000 Suns! Note that our galaxy has about a hundred billion stars in it, so Abell 2052 is about 10,000 more massive. Yikes. (via
Planet Kepler-186f is the first known Earth-size planet to lie within the habitable zone of a star beyond the Sun. Discovered using data from the prolific planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft, the distant world orbits its parent star, a cool, dim, M dwarf star about half the size and mass of the Sun, some 500 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus. Illustration Credit: NASA Ames / SETI Institute / JPL-Caltech.
The Bubble Nebula (NGC7635) is one of three shells of gas surrounding the massive star BD+602522, the bright star near the center of the bubble. Energetic radiation from the star ionizes the shell, causing it to glow. About six light-years in diameter, the Bubble Nebula is located in the direction of the constellation Cassiopeia. The magenta wisps near the bottom-right of the image are an unexpected bonus—the wisps are the remnants of a
Six hundred and fifty light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, a dead star about the size of Earth, is refusing to fade away peacefully. NASA's Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes have captured the complex structure of the Helix nebula.
THE SKY AND BEYOND
Largest water reservoir discovered in black hole. The reservoir holds as much as 140 trillion oceans, or more than 4,000 times more than exists in the entire Milky Way. It exists as vapour spread across hundreds of light years. While water has been found across much of the universe previously, this is interesting because of the fact this reservoir is 12 billion light years away, meaning that this water existed when the universe was only 1.6 billion years old.
Einstein's Cross, a quasar in the Pegasus constellation, is an excellent example of gravitational lensing. The quasar is about 8 billion light-years from Earth, and sits behind a galaxy that is 400 million light-years away. Four images of the quasar appear around the galaxy because the intense gravity of the galaxy bends the light coming from the quasar.
The Helix Nebula, lies 650 light-years away, in the constellation of Aquarius. It is a typical example of a class of objects called planetary nebula. Planetary nebulae are actually the remains of stars that once looked a lot like our sun. These stars spend most of their lives turning hydrogen into helium in massive runaway nuclear fusion reactions in their cores. In fact, this process of fusion provides all the light and heat that we get from our sun.
Deep in the forests of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, this abandoned mansion looks like it wouldn’t be out of place in a horror film, with its amazing nineteenth century architecture left to crumble away over time. Little is known about this mysterious house, but it is believed to have stood empty for over 70 years, abandoned soon after World War One.
The dwarf galaxy NGC 4214 is ablaze with young stars and gas clouds. Located around 10 million light-years away in the constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs), the galaxy's close proximity, combined with the wide variety of evolutionary stages among the stars, make it an ideal laboratory to research the triggers of star formation and evolution.
NGC 5907, edge-on spiral galaxy, and its vast arcing star streams - debris from a long ago torn apart satellite galaxy - stretching more than 150,000 light-years from the galaxy proper. Also known as the Splinter or Knife Edge Galaxy, it is located about 40 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Draco.
Orion Nebula, an immense stellar nursery some 1,500 light-years away. This stunning false-color view spans about 40 light-years across the region, constructed using infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope. Compared to its visual wavelength appearance, the brightest portion of the nebula is likewise centered on Orion's young, massive, hot stars, known as the Trapezium Cluster.
youngest black hole --- NASA may have just uncovered the youngest black hole in Earth's galaxy. The young black hole, located within a supernova remnant, was created by a rare supernova explosion of a massive star, according to a written statement from NASA. The administration's Chandra X-ray Observatory captured images of the so-called remnant W49B, located 26,000 light-years away.
Going on a camping trip is such an exciting adventure. Getting back to nature can be very refreshing and spending time in the great outdoors, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life can be very rewarding. What makes it more fun is that there are things you can do to bring a bit of convenience in your camping zone.
What I actually needed was for someone to tell me that it hurt because it mattered. I have found this very useful to think about over the years, and I find that it is a lot easier and more bearable to be sad when aren’t constantly berating yourself for being sad....The Fault in Our Stars
Quasar- this is a black hole that is the brightest object in the universe and is thousands of times brighter than the stars in a galaxy combined! Light is shot out of either end in extremely long distances. The light we see coming from these today is very old meaning there are no quasars recently. They are all from far away but a new one can appear at any moment
Fjord Horses - This is a relatively small but very strong horse breed from the mountainous regions of Western Norway. It is an agile breed of light draft horse build. All Fjord horses are dun in color, with five variations in shade recognized by their breed registries. One of the world's oldest breeds, it has been used for hundreds of years as a farm horse in Norway, and in modern times is popular for its generally good temperament.
Sirius and Sirius B. The brightest star in the nighttime sky, Sirius, or the Dog Star, greatly outshines its white dwarf companion, Sirius B. At 8.6 light-years away, Sirius B is the nearest known white draft star to Earth.
Abell 31 is a very faint nebula caused by a dying star as it releases dust and gas. This massive planetary nebula is about 2,000 light
Located about 130 million light-years away, NGC 4650A is one of only 100 known polar-ring galaxies.
This apocalyptic image is the Hubble telescope's photo of the super massive star Eta Carinae. The spectacular expanding globular gas outburst around it is called the Homunculus (little man in Latin)
Ginkgo trees are among the oldest living trees, and can live more than 1,000 years. Imagine planting a tree that can be enjoyed for thousands of years to come! Ginko trees are truly ancient relics, and the species has been around for over 150 million years. The uniquely fan-shaped leaves turn from a lawn green to deep gold in the fall. Because of its unique leaves and beautiful history, Ginkgo is sure to be a great conversation starter for your
The Cartwheel Galaxy is a lenticular galaxy and ring galaxy about 500 million light-years away in the constellation Sculptor. - 2006 NASA'S Marshall Space Center @ Flickr
On Museum Accessibility: Captain Jean-Luc Picard smiles when touching an historical Phoenix spaceship. “This is a boyhood fantasy, Data. I must have seen this ship hundreds of times at the Smithsonian, but I was never able to touch it. [...] For humans, touch can connect you to an object in a quite personal way. Make it seem more real.” -Star Trek Generations Or it is funny that in the 24th Century in Star Trek that museums still worry about touch and accessibility. :P
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