Globular Cluster M92

Globular Cluster M92

Messier 92 (also known as M92 or NGC 6341) is a globular cluster of stars in the northern constellation of Hercules. It was discovered by Johann Elert Bode in 1777. It got it’s name from Charles Messier who rediscovered it on March 18, 1781 and added as the 92nd entry in his catalogue.

M27Discovered; by Charles Messier in 1764.

M27 was the first Planetary Nebula he discovered.

Globular Cluster M10

Globular Cluster M10

Discovered 1764 by Charles Messier.

M16 The Eagle Nebula

The Pillars of Creation.

The Eagle Nebula Messier 16 (M16) is a conspicuous region of active star formation, situated in Serpens Cauda. The starforming nebula, a giant cloud of interstellar gas and dust, has already created a considerable cluster of young stars. The cluster is also referred to as NGC 6611, the nebula as IC 4703.

 

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M17 The Omega Nebula

The Omega Nebula is between 5,000 and 6,000 light-years from Earth and it spans some 15 light-years in diameter. It has several names such as the Swan Nebula, Checkmark Nebula, Lobster Nebula, and the Horseshoe Nebula. (catalogued as Messier 17 or M17 and as NGC 6618). It is located in Sagittarius.

ISSMeteor

This is four images stacked to show the path of the ISS.

 

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December 12, 2013: Though it’s five times farther from the Sun than Earth, and therefore so cold that ice becomes as hard as rock, Jupiter’s moon Europa may be the first place to go to look for extraterrestrial life. Ever since the moon, which superficially resembles a cracked eggshell, was photographed close-up by the Voyager space probe, scientists have been intrigued by its potential as a niche for life.

For over the past 30 years it has been hypothesized that the icy crust covers a subsurface ocean. Where there is water there could be life. Now NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has found something the Jovian probes may have missed, plumes of water vapor leaking off into space near the moon’s south pole. Astronomers do not know yet if these gas plumes are connected to subsurface liquid water or not. This venting doesn’t seem unique. In 2005, NASA’s Cassini orbiter discovered similar water vapor plumes spewing off of the tiny moon Enceladus, 1 billion miles away.

http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2013/55/

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Scientists have discovered the most distant and ancient galaxy ever spotted.

By using data collected by the Hubble Space Telescope and observations from the Keck I telescope at the Keck Observatory in Hawaii, astronomers have now confirmed that the galaxy designated z8_GND_5296 formed within 700 million years after the beginning of the universe, making it the oldest and most distant galaxy ever verified.

Because the galaxy is so far from Earth, scientists were able to observe z8_GND_5296 as it would have appeared about 13.1 billion years ago.

 

Exoplanets

Periodic table of exoplanets. Astronomers found 10 warm superTerran worlds, but not yet an Earth-like planet. (c) PHL

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Go here http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html to find out more.