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A Bubble in Space, Shooting

From Astronomy Picture of the Day for 13/8/19.

This shows the trail of a pulsar (PSR J0002+6216) – travelling at a speed greater than 1,000 kilometres a second – after it had been shot out from a supernova. The bubble it appears to come from is the expanding remnant of the supernova.

The picture is a combination of radio and infra-red data.

Pulsar J0002

Merging Galaxies

This is just beautiful.

From Astronomy Picture of the Day for 11/8/19.

A Hubble Telescope picture of two galaxies (NGC 3808A and NGC 3808B) merging:-

Galaxies NGC 3808A and NGC3808B

1994 Supernova and Spiral Galaxy

From Astronomy Picture of the Day for 4/8/19.

Supernova (bottom left) and sideways -on spiral galaxy

Supernova & Spiral Galaxy

Mimas by Saturnlight

Title of post only slightly changed from the original in Astronomy Picture of the Day for 3/8/19.

Saturn’s moon Mimas illuminated by light reflected from Saturn:-

Mimas by Saturnlight

Fly Over Vesta

From Astronomy Picture of the Day for 30/6/19.

An animated video made form photos taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft.

Stephan’s Quintet

A beautiful picture from Astronomy Picture of the Day for 3/6/2019.

Stephan’s Quintet, five galaxies appearing in close proximity from our perspective. Only the four redder ones are really close to each other though – so close they interfere with each others’ structures.

Stephan's Quintet

Barred Spiral Galaxy M95

From Astronomy Picture of the Day for 29/5/19.

M95. A beautiful barred spiral galaxy.


Transit of Phobos

This is a (speeded up) sequence showing the partial eclipse of the Sun by a moon of another planet. From You Tube via Astronomy Picture of the Day for 10/4/19.

The moon is Phobos; the planet, Mars. The sun is the Sun.

A Black Hole?

I suppose everyone’s seen this by now; it’s been on the TV news and in all the newspapers.

Picture from The Daily Galaxy.

A Black Hole

According to Astronomy Picture of the Day on 11/4/19 the black area isn’t the black hole but rather its shadow.

Still, to be able to image it at all is astounding.

A Question Mark?

This is from Astronomy Picture of the Day for 25/3/19. An astonishing photograph of two galaxies in the process of merging after one having passed through the other. The most curious feature is the trail of stars forming in between the upper and lower portions – not a usual consequence of such a situation.

The whole does look, though, a bit like an alien’s head or a slightly distorted question mark.

ARP 194

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