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Tag Archives: astronomical images
Good old Betelgeuse. There aren’t many stars close enough that you can actually image them as more than just a point of light. Also known as Alpha Orionis, Betelgeuse is so big and so nearby though, that ESO’s VLT (Very … Continue reading
I love a good planetary nebula, don’t you? This one, nicknamed the “Cygnus Bubble” was newly discovered just this month! It also goes by the official catalogue name of PN G75.5+1.7 — although that isn’t nearly as inspiring. The Cygnus … Continue reading
Today’s APOD is one of the most gorgeous reflection nebulae I’ve ever seen. NGC 7023, the Iris Nebula, around 1300 light years away in the constellation of Cepheus. That central blue star is most likely newly formed, still swaddled in … Continue reading
Happy Easter, from approximately 3000 light years away! This is the Egg Nebula, and with a length of roughly a light year, it’s the largest Easter egg you’ll ever see! The Egg (RAFGL 2688) is probably one of my favourite … Continue reading
Every once in a while, I see a picture that simply stuns me. I have to say, this is one of them. A gorgeous Hubble image of NGC 7049, in the constellation of Indus. It’s also a Brightest Cluster Galaxy … Continue reading
I haven’t written about anything astronomical in over a month. That’s disgraceful! And I call myself an astronomy blogger? Time to remedy this, methinks… So in keeping with my favourite subject, this beautiful plasmatic puffball is the remnant of Tycho’s … Continue reading
Roughly 3000 light years from us is this faint but dramatic supernova remnant. Simeis 147 is around 40,000 years old and is faint enough that it’s essentially invisible to the naked eye. Surprising then that these faint filaments of hydrogen, … Continue reading
Everyone should at least know the name of this star. Betelgeuse is a red supergiant, one of the largest stars known (up to 1000 Solar radii) and the 9th brightest star in the sky. It’s also one of the few … Continue reading