Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture Of the Day (APOD)

Отражательные пылевые туманности в Орионе The Reflecting Dust Clouds of Orion

In the vast Orion Molecular Cloud complex, several bright blue nebula are particularly apparent. Pictured above are two of the most prominent reflection nebulas -- dust clouds lit by the reflecting light of bright-embedded stars. The more famous nebula is M78, on the upper right, cataloged over 200 years ago.

Ио на заходе Солнца Io at Sunset

How tall are mountains on Jupiter's moon Io? One way to find out is to view them at sunset. Tall structures facing the Sun are then better-lit and cast long shadows. The above...

Фуллерeны - миниатюрные космические "машины времени" Fullerenes as Miniature Cosmic Time Capsules

Scientists have found, unexpectedly, tiny time capsules from billions of years in the past. The discovery involves small molecules that can apparently become trapped during the formation of large enclosed molecules known as fullerenes, or buckyballs.

Волокна в Петле Лебедя Filaments in the Cygnus Loop

Subtle and delicate in appearance, these are filaments of shocked interstellar gas -- part of the expanding blast wave from a violent stellar explosion. Recorded in November 1997 with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 on board the Hubble Space Telescope, the picture is a closeup of a supernova remnant known as the Cygnus Loop.

Звезды и туманность "Пузырь" Stars and the Bubble Nebula

Seemingly adrift in an cosmic sea of stars and gas, this delicate, floating apparition is cataloged as NGC 7635 -- The Bubble Nebula. In this wide-angle view, the Bubble nebula lies at the center of a larger complex of shocked glowing gas about 11,000 light-years distant in the fair constellation Cassiopeia.

NGC 1700:  Эллиптическая галактика и вращающийся диск NGC 1700: Elliptical Galaxy and Rotating Disk

In spiral galaxies, majestic winding arms of young stars and interstellar gas and dust rotate in a disk around a bulging galactic nucleus. Elliptical galaxies seem to be simpler, randomly swarming with old stars and lacking gas and dust.

Кольцо у планеты Уран Ringed Planet Uranus

Yes it does look like Saturn, but Saturn is one of only four giant ringed planets in our Solar System. And while Saturn has the brightest rings, this system of rings and moons actually belongs to planet Uranus, imaged here in near-infrared light by the Antu telescope at the ESO Parnal Observatory in Chile.

192: "неправильная" галактика 192: The Wrong Galaxy

Centered above is distant galaxy 0313-192, some one billion light-years away. Radio emission from the galaxy has been mapped by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Very Large Array and is shown in red, composited with a visible light image from the Hubble Space Telescope's new Advanced Camera for Surveys.

Туманность Гантель в линиях водорода и кислорода The Dumbbell Nebula in Hydrogen and Oxygen

The first hint of what will become of our Sun was discovered inadvertently in 1764. At that time, Charles Messier was compiling a list of "annoying" diffuse objects not to be confused with "interesting" comets.

Шарик из космоса A Spherule from Outer Space

When a meteorite strikes the Moon, the energy of the impact melts some of the splattering rock, a fraction of which might cool into tiny glass beads. Many of these glass beads were present in lunar soil samples returned to Earth by the Apollo missions.

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