The Huge LQG (Large Quasar Group)

The large quasar group is a massive group of quasars that spans over four billion light years.  When this structure was discovered in November of 2012, and after two months of rigorous verification, it was deemed the largest known structure in the universe.  Though no longer, as that title now…

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Our Local Supercluster – Laniakea Supercluster

Galactic Superclusters - The Laniakea Supercluster

The Largest Structures in the Universe – Superclusters Some of the largest structures in the universe are what’s called superclusters.  Superclusters are essentially clusters of galaxy clusters.  Confusing a little?  It doesn’t have to be.  Think of it this way, we have our galaxy, the Milky Way.  The Milky Way is…

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Flying Lizard Nebula – Stars Form in the SMC

NGC602 - The Flying Lizard Nebula

Small doesn’t always mean inactive… In one of the Milky Way’s companion galaxies, the Small Magellanic Cloud, lies a violent star forming region not discussed frequently.  Typically, we hear about the Tarantula Nebula (found in the Large Magellanic Cloud) who hosts some of the most massive stars found to date…

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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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Close Comet and the Milky Way

Close Comet and the Milky Way

Close Comet 252P/Linear In a previous post of mine, I shared with you an APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day) post that looks at comet Comet 252P/Linear as it’s back dropped by the LMC (Large Magellanic Cloud).  This go around, APOD has shared with us the same comet, but this time…

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Comet and the Large Magellanic Cloud

Comet and the LMC (Large Magellanic Cloud)

Comet and the LMC (Large Magellanic Cloud) Close Comet and the LMC Sporting a surprisingly bright, lovely green coma Comet 252P/Linear poses next to the Large Magellanic Cloud in this southern skyscape. The stack of telephoto exposures was captured on March 16 from Penwortham, South Australia. Recognized as a Jupiter family periodic comet, 252P/Linear will…

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