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Largest planets likely formed first from icy “planetary pebbles” From Astronomy Now: This artist’s concept of a young star system shows gas giants forming first, while the gas nebula is present. Southwest Research Institute scientists used computer simulations to nail down how Jupiter and Saturn evolved in our own solar system. These new calculations show that the cores of gas giants likely formed by gradually accumulating a population of planetary pebbles — icy objects about a foot (30…

MIND THE GAP Giant planets orbit between two dusty belts around the young star HD seen in this artist’s illustration, providing a glimpse of what our solar system might have looked like billion years ago.

A Hubble Space Telescope photo of a rapidly spinning neutron star, also known as a pulsar.

A Hubble Space Telescope photo of a rapidly spinning neutron star, also known as a pulsar, millions of light-years away.

The Black Eye Galaxy, M64. M64’s nickname comes from its striking dark band of dust. The galaxy has an unusual ring of gas and stars that rotates the opposite way to the gas and stars closer to the centre. These and the black eye are thought to have resulted from a collision with another galaxy. - Photo Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI)

The Black Eye Galaxy (Messier is a spiral galaxy with an apparent magnitude of lying approximately 24 million light years from Earth. It is sometimes also called the Sleeping Beauty Galaxy or Evil Eye Galaxy.

A young star takes centre stage With its helical appearance resembling a snail’s…

The star in the center, known as Cyg and located in the dark cloud LDN 981 is a T Tauri — or Young Stellar Object — that is starting to contract to become a main sequence star similar to the sun.

Mind blown

Mind blown

It just 'accidently' makes the symbol of infinity! perfect since in symbolism, the sun symbols Christ, the moon the Church. ~ mw ~ Fixed position photograph of the sun, taken at the same time of day over a year. Looks like the infinity symbol!

Wild Duck Cluster (Messier 11) ~ Open cluster or galactic cluster, located around 6000 light-years away in the constellation of Scutum (The Shield). The Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile has taken this beautiful image, dappled with blue stars, of one of the most star-rich open clusters currently known, being almost 20 light-years across and home to close to 3000 stars. (ESO)

Wild Duck Cluster (Messier ~ Open cluster or galactic cluster, located around 6000 light-years away in the constellation of Scutum (The Shield). The Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile has take

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Spiral Galaxy, 46 million light-years distant, northern constellation of Ursa Major

Dumbbell Nebula, M27; universe; sky; space; stars; solar system; cosmos

Dumbbell Nebula, in the constellation Vulpecula, about light years from Earth.

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NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) provides this image of The Great Nebula in Orion. The Orion Nebula (Messier lies located in the sword of Orion, hanging from his easily recognized belt of three stars

Andromeda's Colorful Rings

Andromeda's Colorful Rings

Andromeda's Colorful Rings CloseThe ring-like swirls of dust filling the Andromeda galaxy stand out colorfully in this new image from the Herschel Space Observatory, a European Space Agency mission with important NASA participation.

A mysterious blast of light spotted earlier this year near the constellation Leo was actually the brightest gamma-ray burst ever recorded, and was triggered by an extremely powerful stellar explosion, new research reports.  On April 27, several satellites — including NASA’s Swift satellite and Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope — observed an unusually bright burst of gamma radiation. The explosion unleashed an energetic jet of particles that traveled at nearly the speed of light, researchers…

A Mysterious Blast Of Light Spotted Near The Constellation Leo Was Actually The Brightest Gamma-Ray Burst Ever Recorded. It Was Triggered By An Extremely Powerful Stellar Explosion - NASA’s Swift Satellite & Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope (April

M57, or the Ring Nebula, is about 2,400 light years from Earth. It is the very bright remains of a now dead star. Even a small telescope can spot it.

Rings Around the Ring Nebula- Image Credit: Hubble, Large Binocular Telescope, Subaru Telescope

Mars. "Olympus Mons" Looming larger than any volcanic mountain in the Solar System, "Olympus Mons" is taller than three Mount Everests.

Olympus Mons, an extinct shield volcano on Mars. At three times the height of Mount Everest, it is the tallest mountain in our solar system.

IRAS 14568-6304, The young star is a particularly spectacular sight since it has a protostellar jet. This tail-like formation beneath the star is composed of remnants of gas and dust from the parent cloud that gave birth to the star. | Image credit: NASA/Hubble.

LOOK: This Is What The Birth Of A Star Looks Like

IRAS a young star that is cloaked in a haze of golden gas and dust-NASA/Hubble.