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Hubble Peers into the Vast Distance
This picture showcases a gravitational lensing system called SDSS J0928+2031.

Astronomers are using NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope observations of this type of lensing to research how stars form and evolve in distant galaxies.

A Charioteer's Comet

Still racing across planet Earth's night skies, Comet Iwamoto (C/2018 Y1) shares this pretty telescopic field of view with stars and nebulae of northern constellation Auriga, the Charioteer. Captured on February 27, Iwamoto's greenish coma and faint tail appear between a complex of reddish emission nebulae and open star cluster M36 (bottom right).

NGC 6302: The Butterfly Nebula

The bright clusters and nebulae of planet Earth's night sky are often named for flowers or insects. Though its wingspan covers over 3 light-years, NGC 6302 is no exception. With an estimated surface temperature of about 250,000 degrees C, the dying central star of this particular planetary nebula has become exceptionally hot, shining brightly in ultraviolet light but hidden from direct view by a dense torus of dust.

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Godzilla Nebula Imaged by Spitzer

This colorful image shows a nebula – a cloud of gas and dust in space – captured by NASA's now-retired Spitzer Space Telescope.

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A Whirlpool Warhol Shows Galaxy in Different Light

These four panels show the Whirlpool galaxy — which is actually a pair of galaxies also known as Messier 51 and NGC 5194/5195 — and how different wavelengths of light can reveal different features of a cosmic object. Located approximately 23 million light-years away, it resides in the constellation Canes Venatici.

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The #MarsHelicopter’s journey continues! Ingenuity’s next flight is scheduled no earlier than Dec. 5. The crossing of the “Séítah” region of Mars’ Jezero Crater will take at least two flights to better target safe landing sites and without excessive risk. go.nasa.gov/3xQ2t5J pic.twitter.com/S3aMqkbooE twitter.com/NASAJPL/status/146

NASA's Spitzer Spots a Perfectly Sideways Galaxy

Galaxy NGC 5866 lies 44 million light-years from Earth and has a diameter of roughly 60,000 light-years — a little more than half the diameter of our own Milky Way galaxy. From our viewpoint, NGC 5866 is oriented almost exactly edge-on, yielding most of its structural features invisible.

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Jupiter's South Temperate Belt

This JunoCam image of Jupiter's south temperate belt and Great Red Spot was taken on Dec. 30, 2020.

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