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A Galactic Star Forming Region in Infrared

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows what astronomers are referring to as a 'snake' (upper left) and its surrounding stormy environment.

Stunning!    Cosmic Nebulas Dazzle in New Space Telescope Photos Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/WISE Team   An image of the Flaming Star Nebula, taken in infrared light by NASA's WISE space telescope.

Cosmic Nebulas Dazzle in New Space Telescope Photos Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/WISE Team An image of the Flaming Star Nebula, taken in infrared light by NASAs WISE space telescope.

Space...The Milky Way. The Milky Way is the spiral galaxy where our solar system lives. It is 100,000 light years in diameter and 1000 light years thick at the center of the galactic disk. There are 200-400 billion stars in the Milky Way. Our Sun is 26,400 light years from the galactical center. On a dark night, we can see a faint hazy whitish band of starlight spanning the sky. That band is the Milky Way galaxy.

May gifts found in the dark) *the gift of a starry night. This is what the sky looks like in the middle of the ocean!

Nebulosa da América do Norte foto

Nebulosa da América do Norte: foto

Supernova 1987A occurred in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a galaxy only 160,000 light years from Earth. The outburst was visible to the naked eye, and is the brightest known supernova in almost 400 years.

Two-Star Collision Yields Three-Ring Nebula. Challis Supernova 1987 occurred in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a galaxy only light years from Earth. The outburst was visible to the naked eye, and is the brightest known supernova in almost 400 years.

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Cassiopeia A, an exploded star light-years away. The green ring surrounding the supernova is from the initial shock wave generated by the explosion; it measures 10 light years in diameter. - by the Chandra X-Ray Observatory - Credit: NASA

This image composite compares the well-known visible-light picture of the glowing Trifid Nebula (left panel) with infrared views from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (remaining three panels). The Trifid Nebula is a giant star-forming cloud of gas and dust located 5,400 light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius.

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope a Cosmic Success! Written by Linda Vu, Spitzer Science Center April 2006 This image of the Trifid Nebula combines data fr.

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