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NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day (March 11, 2012)

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  • mahtezcatpoc
    http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120311.html This floating ring is the size of a galaxy. In fact, it is part of the photogenic Sombrero Galaxy, one of the largest
    Message 1 of 139 , Mar 25, 2012
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      "This floating ring is the size of a galaxy. In fact, it is part of the photogenic Sombrero Galaxy, one of the largest galaxies in the nearby Virgo Cluster of Galaxies. The dark band of dust that obscures the mid-section of the Sombrero Galaxy in optical light actually glows brightly in infrared light. The above image, digitally sharpened, shows the infrared glow, recently recorded by the orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope, superposed in false-color on an existing image taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in optical light. The Sombrero Galaxy, also known as M104, spans about 50,000 light years across and lies 28 million light years away. M104 can be seen with a small telescope in the direction of the constellation Virgo."

      Mark A. Holmes
    • mahtezcatpoc
      http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap121206.html The bright globular cluster 47 Tucanae (aka NGC 104). Mark A. Holmes
      Message 139 of 139 , Dec 14, 2012
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        The bright globular cluster 47 Tucanae (aka NGC 104).


        Mark A. Holmes
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