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The blackness, the darkness forever

In many ways, we’re quite lucky to be where we are. Our lovely little blue planet circles a nice calm yellow dwarf star, in a suburban spiral arm, in the midst of the disk of a nice massive spiral galaxy. … Continue reading

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Red sky at night, astrobiologists’ delight!

As may be apparent, I’m rather fond of red dwarf stars. They’re interesting things, and there’s no shortage of them. 78% of stars in the Milky Way comprise a horde of red dwarfs. One of the reasons they’re so populous … Continue reading

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An iris of stars

Around 50 million light years away, lies a rather lovely spiral galaxy known as NGC 1097. Seen in infrared light by Spitzer in this image, it reminds me a little of an egyptian Eye of Horus. That pupil however, is … Continue reading

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Space Ghost?

Ghost hunting isn’t typically the sort of thing you’d expect the Chandra space telescope to be doing. Evidently though, it’s rather good at it! Specifically an x-ray ghost betraying the presence of a galaxy’s supermassive black hole. Feel free to … Continue reading

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Quintessence of Dust

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

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The Sunyaev-Zel’dovitch Effect

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Sagittarius A*

It’s funny… Sagittarius A* seems to hold the same fascination for me these days that the Sun used to hold when I was just a kid. I’ve been meaning on writing something about this for a while now, and seeing … Continue reading

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The Sombrero Galaxy

My personal favourite galaxy, M104, the Sombrero Galaxy. Simply stunning, I’m sure you’ll agree, in this Hubble Telescope image. Discovered in 1781 by Pierre Méchain, the Sombrero is interesting because of that long dust lane you can see running across … Continue reading

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