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Magnetic fields on the sun's northeastern limb erupted around 17:45 UT on April 16, 2012, producing one of the most visually-spectacular explosions in years. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the blast at extreme ultraviolet wavelengths

Magnetic fields on the suns northeastern limb erupted around UT on April producing one of the most visually-spectacular explosions in years. NASAs Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the blast at extreme ultraviolet wavelengths

Cassiopeia-A www.supernovae.net

Cassiopeia A : This extraordinarily deep Chandra image shows Cassiopeia A (Cas A, for short), the youngest supernova remnant in the Milky Way. (Credit: NASA/CXC/MIT/UMass Amherst/M.D.Stage et al.

The robotic Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn recently drifted in the giant planet's shadow for about 12 hours and looked back toward the eclipsed Sun. Saturn's rings light up so much that new rings were discovered: Saturn's E ring, the ring created by the newly discovered ice-fountains of the moon Enceladus, and the outermost ring visible above. Far in the distance, visible on the image left just above the bright main rings, is the almost ignorable pale blue dot of Earth.

In the Shadow of Saturn. January 2009 the Cassini spacecraft was orbiting Saturn and drifted in giant planet's shadow for about 12 hours. Far in the distance, at the left, just above the bright main rings, is the almost ignorable pale blue dot of Earth.

Nébuleuse de l'Anneau ou de la Lyre

Except for the rings of Saturn, the Ring Nebula is probably the most famous celestial band. via NASA (photo: Credit: Composite Image Data - Subaru Telescope (NAOJ), Hubble Legacy Archive; Processing and additional imaging - Robert Gendler)

Soooo Wow !!! The Butterfly nebula,  NGC 6302, lies about 4,000 light-years away in the constellation Scorpius.

the butterfly nebula / NGC 6302 / lies about light-years away in the constellation scorpius.

Zeta Ophiuchus, a massive star plowing through the gas and dust floating in space. Zeta Oph is a bruiser, with 20 times the Sun’s mass. It’s an incredibly luminous star, blasting out light at a rate 80,000 times higher than the Sun! Even at its distance of 400 light years or so, it should be one of the brightest stars in the sky … yet it actually appears relatively dim to the eye.

Zeta Ophiuchus, a massive star plowing through the gas and dust floating in space. Zeta Oph is a bruiser, with 20 times the Sun’s mass. It’s an incredibly luminous star, blasting out light at a rate times higher than the Sun! Even at its distance of

Astronomy Is Awesome

Space Caterpillar' Seen By Hubble Telescope - 6 Trillion Miles Long.

Solar flare on January 23rd, 2012. This is why I love science.  #Beautiful #Fascinating But most importantly, it kind of looks like a giant space monster eating a planet.

Solar flare on January This is why I love science. But most importantly, it kind of looks like a giant space monster eating a planet.

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