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The Apollo lunar module on the Moon, photographed by Neil Armstrong, July 1969.

The Antennae

"Probably no stars will physically hit each other. There’s just so much space between the stars, but when Andromeda collides with us it’ll have a huge impact on the Milky Way. Some things will get thrown into the black hole in the middle, some stars will get ripped off and thrown away into space, so it’ll be dramatic. And the entire night sky will change." - The Universe S1E9 Alien Galaxies

(Source: galactic-centre, via delusionarily-inclined)


Milky Way & Planet Venus by Kafoor Sammil

IC1101 Biggest known galaxy in the universe

Io Rising: Jupiter’s volcanic moon rises over the giant planet’s right side. Taken by Voyager 1 on February 24, 1979.

NGC 6334: The Cat’s Paw nebula

Nebulas are perhaps as famous for being identified with familiar shapes as perhaps cats are for getting into trouble. Still, no known cat could have created the vast Cat’s Paw Nebula visible in Scorpius. At 5,500 light years distant, Cat’s Paw is an emission nebula with a red color that originates from an abundance of ionized hydrogen atoms. Alternatively known as the Bear Claw Nebula or NGC 6334, stars nearly ten times the mass of our Sun have been born there in only the past few million years. Pictured above is a deep field image of the Cat’s Paw nebula.

Image credit & copyright: Roberto Colombari and SONEAR Obs.; Color data: Robert Gendler & Ryan Hannahoe

NASA ground personnel track the flight of Gemini 4 on June 3, 1965. (via)