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Astronomy Picture Of the Day (APOD)

APOD: 2024 July 24 Б Exaggerated Moon APOD: 2024 July 24 Б Exaggerated Moon
23.07.2024

Our Moon doesn't really have craters this big. Earth's Moon, Luna, also doesn't naturally show this spikey texture, and its colors are more subtle. But this digital creation is based on reality.


APOD: 2024 July 23 Б The Crab Nebula from Visible to X Ray APOD: 2024 July 23 Б The Crab Nebula from Visible to X Ray
22.07.2024

What powers the Crab Nebula? A city-sized magnetized neutron star spinning around 30 times a second. Known as the Crab Pulsar, it is the bright spot in the center of the gaseous swirl at the nebula's core.


APOD: 2024 July 22 Б Chamaeleon Dark Nebulas APOD: 2024 July 22 Б Chamaeleon Dark Nebulas
21.07.2024

Sometimes the dark dust of interstellar space has an angular elegance. Such is the case toward the far-south constellation of Chamaeleon. Normally too faint to see, dark dust is best known for blocking visible light from stars and galaxies behind it.


Скалистый навес "Король крыльев" под Млечным Путем APOD: 2024 July 21 Б King of Wings Hoodoo under the Milky Way
20.07.2024

This rock structure is not only surreal -- it's real. Perhaps the reason it's not more famous is that it is smaller than one might guess: the capstone rock overhangs only a few meters.


Панорама места посадки Аполлона-11 Apollo 11 Landing Panorama
19.07.2024

Have you seen a panorama from another world lately? Assembled from high-resolution scans of the original film frames, this one sweeps across the magnificent desolation of the Apollo 11 landing site on the Moon's Sea of Tranquility.


Anticrepuscular Rays at the Planet Festival Anticrepuscular Rays at the Planet Festival
18.07.2024

For some, these subtle bands of light and shadow stretched across the sky as the Sun set on July 11. Known as anticrepuscular rays, the bands are formed as a large cloud bank near the western horizon cast long shadows through the atmosphere at sunset.


Messier 24: Sagittarius Star Cloud Messier 24: Sagittarius Star Cloud
17.07.2024

Unlike most entries in Charles Messier's famous catalog of deep sky objects, M24 is not a bright galaxy, star cluster, or nebula. It's a gap in nearby, obscuring interstellar dust clouds that allows a view of the distant stars in the Sagittarius spiral arm of our Milky Way galaxy.


APOD: 2024 July 17 Б Villarrica Volcano Against the Sky
16.07.2024

When Vulcan, the Roman god of fire, swings his blacksmith's hammer, the sky is lit on fire. A recent eruption of Chile's Villarrica volcano shows the delicate interplay between this fire -- actually...


APOD: 2024 July 16 Б Cometary Globules APOD: 2024 July 16 Б Cometary Globules
15.07.2024

What are these unusual interstellar structures? Bright-rimmed, flowing shapes gather near the center of this rich starfield toward the borders of the nautical southern constellations Pupis and Vela. Composed of interstellar gas and dust, the grouping of light-year sized cometary globules is about 1300 light-years distant.


APOD: 2024 July 15 Б The Tadpole Galaxy from Hubble APOD: 2024 July 15 Б The Tadpole Galaxy from Hubble
14.07.2024

Why does this galaxy have such a long tail? In this stunning vista, based on image data from the Hubble Legacy Archive, distant galaxies form a dramatic backdrop for disrupted spiral galaxy Arp 188, the Tadpole Galaxy. The cosmic tadpole is a mere 420 million light-years distant toward the northern constellation of the Dragon (Draco).


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