Vortex of the Crab Nebula Core

Moving heart of the Crab Nebula

Vortex of the Crab Nebula Core Did you know that the Crab Nebula is the remnant of a star that has shed all of it’s outer layers?  That’s what you are seeing in the featured image here.  The colors and shapes are the left overs from the star shedding all…

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Largest Black Hole Ever Discovered


The Largest Black Hole Discovered I want to start this article off with a little bit of perspective.  Our galaxy, the Milky Way, which is roughly 100,000 light years in diameter contains a supermassive blackhole at the center labeled as Sagittarius A* (pronounced “A Star”), which is about 4.3 Million…

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Pandora's Cluster

Pandora Cluster - Abell 2744

Pandora’s Cluster – A Galactic Moshpit One of the Universe’s great behemoths, the Pandora Cluster, also known as Abell 2744 acts like a galactic moshpit.  With nearly 500 galaxies in this cluster, you could imagine that the tidal gravitational interactions between them can be immense.  And in this image, that has…

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Stellar Fingerprint

IRAS 12196-6300 - A Stellar Fingerprint

Hubble and a Stellar Fingerprint – IRAS 12196-6300 Showcased at the center of this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image is an emission-line star known as IRAS 12196-6300. Located just under 2,300 light-years from Earth, this star displays prominent emission lines, meaning that the star’s light, dispersed into a spectrum, shows…

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