Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture Of the Day (APOD)

μ Цефея Mu Cephei

Mu Cephei is a very large star. An M-class supergiant some 1500 times the size of the Sun, it is one of the largest stars visible to the unaided eye, and even one of the largest in the entire Galaxy.

NGC 1097: спиральная галактика со сверхновой APOD: 2023 October 11 Б NGC 1097: Spiral Galaxy with Supernova

What's happening in the lower arm of this spiral galaxy? A supernova. Last month, supernova SN 2023rve was discovered with UAE's Al-Khatim Observatory and later found to be consistent with the death explosion of a massive star, possibly leaving behind a black hole.

Скрытый Орион от телескопа "Джеймс Вебб" APOD: 2023 October 10 Б Hidden Orion from Webb

The Great Nebula in Orion has hidden stars. To the unaided eye in visible light, it appears as a small fuzzy patch in the constellation of Orion. But this image was taken by the Webb Space Telescope in a representative-color composite of red and very near infrared light.

Восход искаженного Солнца APOD: 2023 October 9 Б A Distorted Sunrise Eclipse

Yes, but have you ever seen a sunrise like this? Here, after initial cloudiness, the Sun appeared to rise in two pieces and during a partial eclipse in 2019, causing the photographer to describe it as the most stunning sunrise of his life.

Самолет, облака, Луна, пятна, Солнце APOD: 2023 October 8 Б Plane, Clouds, Moon, Spots, Sun

What's that in front of the Sun? The closest object is an airplane, visible just below the Sun's center and caught purely by chance. Next out are numerous clouds in Earth's atmosphere, creating a series of darkened horizontal streaks.

Звезды Андромеды: настоящее и будущее The Once and Future Stars of Andromeda

This picture of Andromeda shows not only where stars are now, but where stars will be. The big, beautiful Andromeda Galaxy, M31, is a spiral galaxy a mere 2.5 million light-years away. Image data...

Эдвин Хаббл открывает Вселенную Edwin Hubble Discovers the Universe

How big is our universe? This question, among others, was debated by two leading astronomers in 1920 in what has since become known as astronomy's Great Debate. Many astronomers then believed that our Milky Way Galaxy was the entire universe. Many others, though, believed that our galaxy was just one of many.

Огненное кольцо над Долиной Монументов Ring of Fire over Monument Valley

Tracking along a narrow path, the shadow of a new moon will race across North, Central, and South America, on October 14. When viewed from the shadow path the apparent size of the lunar disk will not quite completely cover the Sun though.

IC 2118: туманность Голова Ведьмы APOD: 2023 October 4 Б IC 2118: The Witch Head Nebula

Does this nebula look like the head of a witch? The nebula is known popularly as the Witch Head Nebula because, it is said, the nebula's shape resembles a Halloween-style caricature of a witch's head. Exactly how, though, can be a topic of imaginative speculation.

MyCn 18: планетарная туманность Песочные Часы APOD: 2023 October 3 Б MyCn 18: The Engraved Hourglass Planetary Nebula

Do you see the hourglass shape -- or does it see you? If you can picture it, the rings of MyCn 18 trace the outline of an hourglass -- although one with an unusual eye in its center. Either way, the sands of time are running out for the central star of this hourglass-shaped planetary nebula.

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