Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture Of the Day (APOD)

Выхлоп ракеты, похожий на спиральную галактику APOD: 2024 March 12 Б A Galaxy Shaped Rocket Exhaust Spiral

What's that over the horizon? What may look like a strangely nearby galaxy is actually a normal rocket's exhaust plume -- but unusually backlit. Although the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was launched from...

Полная планктонная Луна APOD: 2024 March 11 Б A Full Plankton Moon

What glows in the night? This night featured a combination of usual and unusual glows. Perhaps the most usual glow was from the Moon, a potentially familiar object. The full Moon's nearly vertical descent results from the observer being near Earth's equator.

Полное затмение на краю света APOD: 2024 March 10 Б A Total Eclipse at the End of the World

Would you go to the end of the world to see a total eclipse of the Sun? If you did, would you be surprised to find someone else there already? In 2003, the Sun, the Moon, Antarctica, and two photographers all lined up in Antarctica during an unusual total solar eclipse.

Комета 12P/Понса-Брукса северной весной Comet 12P/Pons Brooks in Northern Spring

As spring approaches for northern skygazers Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks is growing brighter. Currently visible with small telescopes and binoculars the Halley-type comet could reach naked eye visibility in the coming weeks. Seen despite a foggy...

Зона Тарантула The Tarantula Zone

The Tarantula Nebula, also known as 30 Doradus, is more than a thousand light-years in diameter, a giant star forming region within nearby satellite galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud. About 180 thousand light-years away, it's the largest, most violent star forming region known in the whole Local Group of galaxies.

Туманность Crew-8 The Crew 8 Nebula

Not the James Webb Space Telescope's latest view of a distant galactic nebula, this cloud of gas and dust dazzled spacecoast skygazers on March 3. The telephoto snapshot was taken minutes after the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket on the SpaceX Crew-8 mission, to the International Space Station.

M102: вид сбоку на дисковую галактику APOD: 2024 March 6 Б M102: Edge on Disk Galaxy

What kind of celestial object is this? A relatively normal galaxy -- but seen from its edge. Many disk galaxies are actually just as thin as NGC 5866, the Spindle galaxy, pictured here, but are not seen edge-on from our vantage point. A perhaps more familiar galaxy seen edge-on is our own Milky Way galaxy.

NGC 2170: абстрактная картина с туманностью Ангел APOD: 2024 March 5 Б NGC 2170: Angel Nebula Abstract Art

Is this a painting or a photograph? In this celestial abstract art composed with a cosmic brush, dusty nebula NGC 2170, also known as the Angel Nebula, shines just above the image center. Reflecting...

Столбы света над Внутренней Монголией APOD: 2024 March 4 Б Light Pillars Over Inner Mongolia

What's happening across that field? Pictured here are not auroras but nearby light pillars, a phenomenon typically much closer. In most places on Earth, a lucky viewer can see a Sun pillar, a column of light appearing to extend up from the Sun caused by flat fluttering ice-crystals reflecting sunlight from the upper atmosphere.

Полное солнечное затмение крупным планом APOD: 2024 March 3 Б A Total Solar Eclipse Close Up in Real Time

How would you feel if the Sun disappeared? Many eclipse watchers across the USA surprised themselves in 2017 with the awe that they felt and the exclamations that they made as the Sun momentarily disappeared behind the Moon.

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