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"Exploring the Galactic Marvels

Background imageGalactic Collection: Messier objects, full set

Messier objects, full set
Messier objects. These 110 astronomical objects were catalogued by the French astronomer Charles Messier (1730-1817), a comet hunter who wanted to list the permanent objects in the sky that might be

Background imageGalactic Collection: Hubble Ultra Deep Field galaxies

Hubble Ultra Deep Field galaxies
Ultra Deep Field galaxies. Hubble Space Telescope Ultra Deep Field, the deepest view ever taken of the universe in 2004. Each dot of light is a separate galaxy

Background imageGalactic Collection: Sombrero galaxy (M104), HST image

Sombrero galaxy (M104), HST image
Sombrero galaxy (M104, NGC 4594), Hubble Space Telescope image. This spiral galaxy is seen almost edge-on to Earth. Its disc is seen as a dark band of dust crossing the brighter central bulge

Background imageGalactic Collection: M51 whirlpool galaxy

M51 whirlpool galaxy

Background imageGalactic Collection: A galactic light show in spiral galaxy NGC 4258

A galactic light show in spiral galaxy NGC 4258, also known as M106, about 23 million light years away. This galaxy is famous, however

Background imageGalactic Collection: Antennae colliding galaxies, Hubble image

Antennae colliding galaxies, Hubble image
Antennae colliding galaxies, Hubble Space Telescope image. The Antennae (NGC 4038 and NGC 4039) are formed of two galaxies colliding due to mutual gravitational attraction

Background imageGalactic Collection: Scorpius constellation

Scorpius constellation. This is a large zodiacal constellation in the southern hemisphere that is visible in summer. The Sun passes though it in late November

Background imageGalactic Collection: A Black Hole in a Globular Cluster

A Black Hole in a Globular Cluster
Artists View of a Black Hole in a Globular Cluster

Background imageGalactic Collection: The majestic Sombrero Galaxy (Messier 104)

The majestic Sombrero Galaxy (Messier 104)

Background imageGalactic Collection: Andromeda galaxy

Andromeda galaxy. Optical image of the Andromeda spiral galaxy (M31). North is at top. This is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way

Background imageGalactic Collection: Spiral galaxy NGC 2841, HST image

Spiral galaxy NGC 2841, HST image
Spiral galaxy NGC 2841, Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image. This galaxy lies around 46 million light years from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major

Background imageGalactic Collection: HST deep-view of several very distant galaxies

HST deep-view of several very distant galaxies
Distant galaxies. Hubble Space Telescope (HST) deep-view image of several thousand never-before seen extremely distant galaxies. This is the deepest view yet into the universe

Background imageGalactic Collection: Interacting galaxies Arp 147, HST image

Interacting galaxies Arp 147, HST image
Interacting galaxies Arp 147. Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image of a pair of interacting galaxies known as Arp 147. The galaxy at left is relatively undisturbed apart from a smooth ring of

Background imageGalactic Collection: The massive galaxy cluster MACS J0717

The massive galaxy cluster MACS J0717
This composite image shows the massive galaxy cluster MACS J0717.5+3745 (MACS J0717, for short), where four separate galaxy clusters have been involved in a collision

Background imageGalactic Collection: Aurora borealis and Milky Way above Fish Lake, Yukon, Canada

Aurora borealis and Milky Way above Fish Lake, Yukon, Canada
Aurora borealis and Milky Way above Fish Lake, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

Background imageGalactic Collection: A spacial phenomenon in the cosmos

A spacial phenomenon in the cosmos

Background imageGalactic Collection: Observing the Universe, conceptual image

Observing the Universe, conceptual image
Observing the Universe, conceptual computer illustration

Background imageGalactic Collection: Interacting galaxies

Interacting galaxies. Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image of the interacting spiral galaxies NGC 2207 (left) and IC 2163 (right)

Background imageGalactic Collection: Interacting galaxies NGC 5257 and 5258

Interacting galaxies NGC 5257 and 5258
Interacting galaxies NGC 5257 and NGC 5258. Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image of two interacting spiral galaxies, collectively known as Arp 240

Background imageGalactic Collection: Cigar galaxy (M82), composite image

Cigar galaxy (M82), composite image
Cigar galaxy (M82). Combined optical, infrared and X-ray image of the Cigar galaxy (M82). This image was obtained by combining data from three of NASAs Great Observatories, found in Earth orbit

Background imageGalactic Collection: Dark matter distribution

Dark matter distribution. Image 3 of 4. Supercomputer simulation, known as the Millennium Run, showing the distribution of dark matter in the local universe

Background imageGalactic Collection: Milky way galaxy, artwork

Milky way galaxy, artwork
Milky Way galaxy. Computer artwork of the Milky Way galaxy, which contains our solar system. The Milky Way is a spiral galaxy. It has a nucleus (yellow) of old stars at its centre

Background imageGalactic Collection: Kitt Peak Observatory and Milky Way

Kitt Peak Observatory and Milky Way
Kitt Peak National Observatory, Tucson, Arizona, USA, and the Milky Way. With 23 telescopes, this is the largest collection of astronomical instruments in the world

Background imageGalactic Collection: Mauna Kea telescopes and Milky Way

Mauna Kea telescopes and Milky Way. Silhouetted against a sunset glow are the Subaru Telescope (far left), the Keck I and II telescopes (centre left and centre)

Background imageGalactic Collection: Milky Way over Scottish loch

Milky Way over Scottish loch
Milky Way, over Clatteringshaws Loch, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The Milky Way, our galaxy seen from the inside, is the band of stars, nebulae and dust lanes running vertically across the sky

Background imageGalactic Collection: Cygnus constellation

Cygnus constellation. Cygnus, the swan, is a summer constellation in the northern hemisphere, although it is far north enough to be at least partly seen year-round from many northern parts

Background imageGalactic Collection: The Milky Way in the constellation of Scorpius

The Milky Way in the constellation of Scorpius
Optical photograph of the dense star clouds of the Milky Way in the constellation of Scorpius. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, has a flattened

Background imageGalactic Collection: View of our Milky Way galaxy

View of our Milky Way galaxy
The Milky Way. Map of the central region of our galaxy, seen from a tilted angle. The Milky Way is a spiral galaxy with a short bar (yellow-white) at centre and a diameter of about 100

Background imageGalactic Collection: Dark matter distribution

Dark matter distribution. Supercomputer simulation of the distribution of dark matter in the local universe. Dark matter is a form of matter that cannot be detected by telescopes as it emits no

Background imageGalactic Collection: Whirlpool Galaxy

Whirlpool Galaxy (M51, NGC 5194), visible light image. The Whirlpool galaxy is locked in a gravitational interaction with the smaller irregular galaxy NGC 5195 (left of M51)

Background imageGalactic Collection: Large Magellanic cloud

Large Magellanic cloud
Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), infrared image. The LMC is a dwarf galaxy, and a satellite of our own Milky Way galaxy. It contains regions of emission nebula (green, yellow and red)

Background imageGalactic Collection: Colliding galaxies, artwork

Colliding galaxies, artwork
Colliding galaxies. Computer artwork of colliding galaxies seen from an alien planet. Collisions between galaxies are fairly common

Background imageGalactic Collection: Arecibo message and decoded key C016 / 6817

Arecibo message and decoded key C016 / 6817
Arecibo message and decoded key. Diagram showing the binary transmission (left) known as the Arecibo message, with the message decoded and labelled at centre and right

Background imageGalactic Collection: An alien planet and its moon in orbit around a red giant star

An alien planet and its moon in orbit around a red giant star

Background imageGalactic Collection: NGC 4565 is an edge-on barred spiral galaxy in the constellation Coma Berenices

NGC 4565 is an edge-on barred spiral galaxy in the constellation Coma Berenices

Background imageGalactic Collection: Southern Milky Way from Vela to Centaurus with Crux & Carina

Southern Milky Way from Vela to Centaurus with Crux & Carina
The southern Milky Way from Vela (at right) to Centaurus (at left), with the False Cross at left, the true Southern Cross at right of centre, and Alpha and Beta Centauri at left

Background imageGalactic Collection: The universe is a place of intense color and beauty

The universe is a place of intense color and beauty

Background imageGalactic Collection: The predicted collision between the Andromeda galaxy and the Milky Way

The predicted collision between the Andromeda galaxy and the Milky Way
This illustration shows the predicted collision between the Andromeda galaxy and the Milky Way in about 3-5 billion years

Background imageGalactic Collection: Milky Way over an old ranch corral

Milky Way over an old ranch corral
August 26, 2014 - The Milky Way over the old corral at the site of the 76 Ranch in the Frenchman Valley in Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada

Background imageGalactic Collection: The Pinwheel Cluster and Starfish Cluster in the constellation Auriga

The Pinwheel Cluster and Starfish Cluster in the constellation Auriga
The Pinwheel Cluster (left), and the Starfish Cluster (right), in the constellation Auriga. The area is surrounded by a nebulosity including NGC 1931 (bottom center), IC 417 (right center)

Background imageGalactic Collection: Vela supernova remnant in the center of the Gum Nebula area of Vela

Vela supernova remnant in the center of the Gum Nebula area of Vela
The Vela supernova remnant in the centre of the Gum Nebula area of Vela. This is the remains of a star that exploded thousands of years ago

Background imageGalactic Collection: The whirlpool galaxy (M51) and companion galaxy

The whirlpool galaxy (M51) and companion galaxy
The Whirlpool Galaxy (NGC 5194), and its companion galaxy (NGC 5195), in the constellation Canes Venatici

Background imageGalactic Collection: The bright star Altair in the constellation Aquila

The bright star Altair in the constellation Aquila
Messier 13, also known as the Hercules Globular cluster. At its distance of 25, 100 light years, its angular diameter of 20 degrees corresponds to a linear 145 light years

Background imageGalactic Collection: Milky Way, zodiacal light and other celestial objects from summit of Gila National Wilderness

Milky Way, zodiacal light and other celestial objects from summit of Gila National Wilderness
A 160 degree panorama showing the zodiacal light (at right in the west), the Milky Way, the zodiacal band across the frame at top

Background imageGalactic Collection: Panorama of the celestial night sky in southwest New Mexico

Panorama of the celestial night sky in southwest New Mexico
December 8, 2013 - A 360 degree panorama taken in the pre-dawn hours from the Painted Pony Resort in southwest New Mexico. Visible in this image, from left to right: Arcturus just on the treetop

Background imageGalactic Collection: Star formation in the Tarantula Nebula

Star formation in the Tarantula Nebula
This Hubble Space Telescope mosaic, spanning a width of 600 light-years, shows a star factory of more the 800, 000 stars being born

Background imageGalactic Collection: Artists concept of an astronaut falling towards a black hole in outer space

Artists concept of an astronaut falling towards a black hole in outer space. Gamma Rays erupt from the poles as a nearby nebula is pulled in

Background imageGalactic Collection: Center of the Milky Way through Sagittarius and Scorpius

Center of the Milky Way through Sagittarius and Scorpius
The Milky Way in Sagittarius (bottom) and Scorpius (left and top) including the Galactic Centre area at centre frame. Along the Milky Way are numerous deep sky objects



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"Exploring the Galactic Marvels: From Hubble Ultra Deep Field to Interacting Galaxies" Embark on a cosmic journey as we delve into the wonders of our galactic neighborhood. The Hubble Ultra Deep Field galaxies reveal a breathtaking tapestry of celestial bodies, each one telling its own unique story. Marvel at the Messier objects, a full set of captivating treasures scattered across the vast expanse of space. Among them, behold the mesmerizing M51 Whirlpool Galaxy, where swirling arms dance in an eternal cosmic ballet. Gaze upon the enigmatic Sombrero Galaxy (M104), captured by HST's lens in all its majestic glory. Its distinct shape and dark dust lane make it an iconic sight within our universe's tapestry. Witness the Antennae colliding galaxies as they merge and intertwine, creating stunning displays of stellar fireworks that illuminate distant corners of space with their radiant energy. The Spiral galaxy NGC 2841 enchants us with its graceful spiraling arms, showcasing nature's artistic prowess on a grand scale. It serves as a reminder that beauty can be found even in the most remote corners of our cosmos. In Scorpius constellation lies hidden secrets waiting to be discovered – ancient stars forming patterns that have fascinated humanity for centuries. Behold the grandeur of Messier 104 - The Majestic Sombrero Galaxy. This celestial hat adorns our night sky with elegance and mystery, inviting us to ponder over its origins and existence. Our neighboring Andromeda galaxy beckons us from afar, offering glimpses into another world beyond our own. Its spiral structure mirrors our Milky Way but holds countless mysteries yet to be unraveled. Through conceptual imagery depicting "Observing the Universe, " we are reminded that human curiosity knows no bounds when it comes to unraveling the secrets held within these galactic realms. HST's deep-view reveals several very distant galaxies dotting space, like precious gems scattered across a cosmic canvas.