Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture Of the Day (APOD)

NGC 7814: Маленькое Сомбреро со сверхновой NGC 7814: Little Sombrero with Supernova

Point your telescope toward the high flying constellation Pegasus and you can find this expanse of Milky Way stars and distant galaxies. NGC 7814 is centered in the pretty field of view that would almost be covered by a full moon.

Цвета: туманность Кольцо против звезд Colors: Ring Nebula versus Stars

What if you could see, separately, all the colors of the Ring? And of the surrounding stars? There's technology for that. The featured image shows the Ring Nebula (M57) and nearby stars through such technology: in this case, a prism-like diffraction grating.

Шлем Тора Thors Helmet

Thor not only has his own day (Thursday), but a helmet in the heavens.б Popularly called Thor's Helmet, NGC 2359 is a hat-shaped cosmic cloud with wing-like appendages. Heroically sized even for a Norse god, Thor's Helmet is about 30 light-years across.

Обрамленное деревьями: окно в Галактику Framed by Trees: A Window to the Galaxy

The photographer had this shot in mind for some time. He knew that objects overhead are the brightest -- since their light is scattered the least by atmospheric air. He also that knew the core of our Milky Way Galaxy was just about straight up near midnight around this time of year in South Australia.

Галактика Андромеды в ультрафиолетовом свете The Andromeda Galaxy in Ultraviolet

What does the Andromeda galaxy look like in ultraviolet light? Young blue stars circling the galactic center dominate. A mere 2.5 million light-years away, the Andromeda Galaxy, also known as M31, really is just next door as large galaxies go.

Альфонс и Арзахель Alphonsus and Arzachel

Point your telescope at tonight's first quarter Moon. Along the terminator, the shadow line between night and day, you might find these two large craters staring back at you with an owlish gaze. Alphonsus (left) and Arzachel are ancient impact craters on the north eastern shores of Mare Nubium, the lunar Sea of Clouds.

Любовь и война в лунном свете Love and War by Moonlight

Venus, named for the Roman goddess of love, and Mars, the war god's namesake, come together by moonlight in this serene skyview, recorded on July 11 from Lualaba province, Democratic Republic of Congo, planet Earth.

Темная башня в Скорпионе The Dark Tower in Scorpius

In silhouette against a crowded star field along the tail of the arachnalogical constellation Scorpius, this dusty cosmic cloud evokes for some the image of an ominous dark tower. In fact, clumps of dust...

GW200115: моделирование слияния черной дыры и нейтронной звезды GW200115: Simulation of a Black Hole Merging with a Neutron Star

What happens when a black hole destroys a neutron star? Analyses indicate that just such an event created gravitational wave event GW200115, detected in 2020 January by LIGO and Virgo observatories. To better understand the unusual event, the featured visualization was created from a computer simulation.

Разноцветный спутник Сатурна Япет: стереофотография Saturns Iapetus: Painted Moon in 3D

What has happened to Saturn's moon Iapetus? Vast sections of this strange world are dark brown, while others are as bright white. The composition of the dark material is unknown, but infrared spectra indicate that it possibly contains some dark form of carbon.

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