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scienceisbeauty:

The Swedish-ESO Submillimetre Telescope (SEST) and the ESO 3.6-metre telescope in the background.

Credit: Y. Beletsky (LCO)/ESO

Source: Star Trails at La Silla (European Southern Observatory)

From Astronomy Picture Of The Day; July 18, 2014:

Ou4: A Giant Squid Nebula
Romano Corradi (IAC), Nicolas Grosso, Agnès Acker, Robert Greimel, Patrick Guillout

A mysterious, squid-like apparition, this nebula is very faint, but also very large in planet Earth’s sky. In the mosaic image, composed with narrowband data from the 2.5 meter Isaac Newton Telescope, it spans some 2.5 full moons toward the constellation Cepheus. Recently discovered by French astro-imager Nicolas Outters, the remarkable nebula’s bipolar shape and emission are consistent with it being a planetary nebula, the gaseous shroud of a dying sun-like star, but its actual distance and origin are unknown. A new investigation suggests Ou4 really lies within the emission region SH2-129 some 2,300 light-years away. Consistent with that scenario, the cosmic squid would represent a spectacular outflow of material driven by a triple system of hot, massive stars, cataloged as HR8119, seen near the center of the nebula. If so, this truly giant squid nebula would physically be nearly 50 light-years across.

(via wigmund)

astronomicalwonders:

The Coyote Head Nebula

When searching for the nicest nebulae in the sky it’s nice when your friends help you out. This striking star formation region, mapped in infrared light by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, was recently spotted by one of Spitzer’s Twitter followers searching through the GLIMPSE360 panorama of our Milky Way galaxy.

One of multitudes of star-forming nebulas scattered across the sky, this area had been a bit of a “dirty” secret, tucked away behind a veil of dust that blocks our view in visible light. That obscuring veil fades away under Spitzer’s infrared gaze revealing a collection of young stars bursting out of the dusty gas clouds in which they formed. Astronomers identify this area only by a collection of catalog numbers like IRAS 15541-5349.

Credit: NASA/Spitzer

thecosmosmadeconscious:

This image from NASA’s 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft shows Lonar Crater. This crater has undergone very little modification since it formed, and so is one of the younger features in this region.

mucholderthen:

Destination Moon: The 350-Year History of Lunar Exploration
Infographic by Karl Tate
July 16, 2014  ||  Space.com

(via megacosms)

ageofdestruction:

columbia: Lunar horizon, photographed from Apollo 11, July 1969.
14 images photographed from lunar orbit, sometime 19th-22nd July.
Image credit: NASA/JSC, c/o LPI. Animation: AgeOfDestruction.

ageofdestruction:

columbia: Lunar horizon, photographed from Apollo 11, July 1969.

14 images photographed from lunar orbit, sometime 19th-22nd July.

Image credit: NASA/JSC, c/o LPI. Animation: AgeOfDestruction.