A Galaxy on the Edge

This colourful image from ESO’s Very Large Telescope shows NGC 1055 in the constellation of Cetus (The Sea Monster).  This large galaxy is thought to be up to 15 percent larger in diameter than the Milky Way. NGC 1055 appears to lack the whirling arms characteristic of a spiral, as it is seen edge-on. However, it displays odd twists in its structure that were probably caused by an interaction with a large neighbouring galaxy.

 NGC 1055 in the constellation of Cetus (The Sea Monster). 

This colourful stripe of stars, gas, and dust is actually a spiral galaxy named NGC 1055. Captured here by ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), this big galaxy is thought to be up to 15 percent larger in diameter than the Milky Way. NGC 1055 appears to lack the whirling arms characteristic of a spiral, as it is seen edge-on. However, it displays odd twists in its structure that were probably caused by an interaction with a large neighbouring galaxy.

Stunning new image of Jupiter megastorm

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Jupiter as seen from the Juno spacecraft NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Roman Tkachenko

Jupiter’s ‘Great Red Spot’ has been pictured in a dramatic new image. The megastorm has been going for several centuries and is much larger than the Earth. Also visible in the photo are the ‘String of Pearls’, a series of three smaller storms in the southern hemisphere of the planet.

Saturn moon looks like ‘Star Wars’ Death Star

PHOTOS: Saturn and her moons up-close"Mimas," one of Saturn's moons which resembles the Death Star.Click through to see NASA's latest images that show how astonishingly large Saturn's rings are.

The Star Wars obsessed internet took no time to point out the resemblance between one of Saturn’s moons and the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the “Death Star.” The image was recently snapped by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which has been providing scientists with images of Saturn since 2004.

 A Full Sky Aurora Over Norway

See Explanation. Clicking on the picture will download the highest resolution version available.


Image Credit & Copyright: Sebastian Voltmer
Higher than the highest building, higher than the highest mountain, higher than the highest airplane, lies the realm of the aurora. Auroras rarely reach below 60 kilometers, and can range up to 1000 kilometers. Aurora light results from energetic electrons and protons strikingmolecules in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Frequently, when viewed from space, a complete aurora will appear as a circle around one of the Earth’s magnetic poles. The featured wide-angle image, horizontally compressed, captured an unexpected auroral display that stretched across the sky five years ago over eastern Norway. Source: APOD

NASA Releases Stunning Picture Of Smiling Sun

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The ‘man in the moon’ is a well known phenomenon but it now seems the sun is smiling right back at it. A picture taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory on Friday appears to show the sun with a big grin on its face. Scientist Karl Battams posted the picture on Twitter after it was uploaded to the observatory’s website.

A Nice Planetary Trio

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In the West, Venus, Jupiter and Mercury. Taken and submitted by well known astro-photography guru Shevill Mathers (Tasmania) Australia – c/o Southern Cross Observatory-Tasmania 42 South -147 East – 28 August 2016.

 

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