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#361 Argonne69

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Posted 23 July 2018 - 10:37 AM

Earth-based telescopes using adaptive optics are getting very good at correcting atmospheric distortion.

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Posted 23 July 2018 - 10:44 AM

Based on the latest estimates the universe contains between one and two trillion galaxies. Previous estimates pegged the number at several hundred billion. The number of stars in the universe is approximately 700 sextillion. That's a seven followed by 23 zeros.

This photo was taken in a starless portion of the northern sky. Every point of light is a distant galaxy in the Coma cluster.

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Posted 26 July 2018 - 07:10 AM

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Posted 04 September 2018 - 10:15 AM

Saturn's northern aurora.

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Posted 12 September 2018 - 01:24 PM

The Veil Nebula

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Posted 13 September 2018 - 08:47 AM

The edge on view of spiral galaxy NGC 3628

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 09:12 AM

RS Pup, a Cepheid type variable star, surrounded by a reflection nebula

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Posted 17 September 2018 - 09:01 AM

Galaxy AM 0644-741, a ring galaxy.

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Posted 17 September 2018 - 09:03 AM

A Coronal Mass Ejection (CME)

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 11:27 AM

The Soul Nebula (IC 1898)

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 08:54 AM

Cocoon Nebula Deep Field

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Posted 20 September 2018 - 08:43 AM

Corona Australis

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Posted 24 September 2018 - 10:15 AM

Our Sun.

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Posted 24 September 2018 - 03:30 PM

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Posted 25 September 2018 - 09:25 AM

The launch of a Delta IV heavy rocket carrying the Parker Solar Probe from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. A flash from a Perseid meteor is also visible.

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Posted 26 September 2018 - 09:20 AM

The Pencil Nebula

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Posted 01 October 2018 - 10:15 AM

The first rocket launch from Cape Canaveral, a Bumper V-2 (1950).

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Posted 01 October 2018 - 10:17 AM

Neutron star (blue dot) in Supernova Remnant E0102-72.3

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 08:42 AM

A Perseid meteor photobombs the Andromeda galaxy. The sand-sized rock took only a fraction of a second to pass through the 10 degree field.

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Posted 03 October 2018 - 08:33 AM

NGC 1898, a globular cluster in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The light leaving these stars takes ~160,000 years to reach our eyes.

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Posted 04 October 2018 - 08:37 AM

Spiral galaxy NGC 6744. It's 175,000 light years wide, roughly 75% larger than our own Milky Way. It lies 30 million light years away in the southern constellation Pavo.

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Posted 04 October 2018 - 10:24 AM

Argonne, did I read or see somewhere that the Milky Way and some other galaxy are hurtling toward each other at like 300k mph?  I thought I saw a picture.  But I'm wondering how that picture was taken!

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Posted 04 October 2018 - 11:39 AM

View Postvaca22, on 04 October 2018 - 10:24 AM, said:

Argonne, did I read or see somewhere that the Milky Way and some other galaxy are hurtling toward each other at like 300k mph?  I thought I saw a picture.  But I'm wondering how that picture was taken!

The Milky Way and Andromeda are on a collision course, and will merge in ~4 billion years, forming Milkomeda. They're moving at ~110 kph towards each other. At that point any life in the galaxy will have a brilliant fireworks display as the gas in the two galaxies collide. It's highly unlikely that any of the hundreds of billions of stars in the two galaxies will collide given the vast distances between them. Eventually the two black holes at the center of each will merge after circling each other for quite some time.

Over its lifetime of 13.5 billion years, the Milky Way has collided with numerous smaller galaxies.

Any photo of the Milky Way is a computer generated image. Since we're inside the galaxy, we can't get a "bird's eye" view of the entire galaxy. It's like standing in a forest, and trying to see the entire forest from above. It's also possible you saw a photo of two distant galaxies colliding that was used as an example of what the Milky Way/Andromeda collision will look like in the distant future.

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Posted 04 October 2018 - 11:32 PM

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Posted 05 October 2018 - 08:28 AM

View PostArgonne69, on 04 October 2018 - 11:39 AM, said:

It's highly unlikely that any of the hundreds of billions of stars in the two galaxies will collide given the vast distances between them.


I had to think about that for a while.  That's amazing.


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Posted 05 October 2018 - 10:08 AM

In the heart of the Orion Nebula lies the Trapezium, four hot, massive stars within a region ~3 light-year across. Astronomers believe there is a black hole 100 times the mass of the Sun within the cluster. The stars orbit the black hole at very high velocities. The nebula is ~1500 light years away, which would make the black hole the closest known one to planet Earth.

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Posted 08 October 2018 - 08:43 AM

Comet 21P passing between the Rosette (upper left) and Cone (lower right) nebulas.

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 08:42 AM

NGC 1672, the Barred Spiral Galaxy. The galaxy is located 60 million light years away, and spans ~75,000 light years across. It's amazing to think that photons that left the stars in this galaxy shortly after the dinosaurs went extinct are reaching us now.

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 08:51 AM

Aurora: A Frog's Eye View

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Posted 12 October 2018 - 10:53 AM

The Falcon 9 Nebula. Taken ~3 miles north of Vandenburg Air Force Base, the image shows the plumes and exhaust from the first and second stage of a Space X Falcon 9 rocket launching in the early morning of October 7th.

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