Anne's Image of the Day: Globular Cluster Omega Centauri

Anne’s Image of the Day: Globular Cluster Omega Centauri

  March 20, 2013 Omega Centauri, a globular cluster in Centaurus Image Credit & Copyright: Robert Gendler Omega Centauri (also known as NGC 5139) is a globular cluster of approximately 172 light-years across, located about 15,800 light-years away from Earth in the large, southern constellation of Centaurus (the Centaur). The cluster is estimated to be [continue reading]

Anne's Image of the Day: Planetary Nebula Jones-Emberson 1

Anne’s Image of the Day: Planetary Nebula Jones-Emberson 1

  March 19, 2013 Jones-Emberson 1, a planetary nebula in Lynx Image Credit & Copyright: J-P Metsävainio (http://astroanarchy.zenfolio.com) Jones-Emberson 1 (PK 164+31.1) is a faint planetary nebula of about 4 light-years across that lies about 1,600 light-years away from Earth in the northern constellation of Lynx, while it is approaching us at approximately 84.3 kilometers [continue reading]

First Direct Evidence of Cosmic Inflation and the Big Bang

First Direct Evidence of Cosmic Inflation and the Big Bang

  Almost 14 billion years ago, the Universe we inhabit burst into existence in an extraordinary event that initiated the Big Bang. In the first fleeting fraction of a second, the Universe expanded exponentially, stretching far beyond the view of our best telescopes. All this, of course, was just theory.  Image Credit: NASA Researchers from [continue reading]

Anne's Image of the Day: Interacting Galaxies Arp 94

Anne’s Image of the Day: Interacting Galaxies Arp 94

  March 18, 2014 Arp 94, two interacting galaxies in Leo Image Credit & Copyright: Ken Crawford, Rancho Del Sol Observatory Collaboration: David Martinez-Delgado (MPIA, IAC), and the Tidal Stream Survey. Arp 94 is a pair of interacting galaxies located over 50 million light-years away from the Earth in the constellation of Leo (the Lion). It [continue reading]

Anne's Image of the Day: Constellation Corona Australis

Anne’s Image of the Day: Constellation Corona Australis

March 17, 2014 Corona Australis, a small southern constellation Image Credit & Copyright: Warren A. Keller, Billions and Billions Fine Art Astrophotography Data acquisition: Brett Soames Corona Australis (also known as CrA and the Southern Crown) is a small, southern constellation, bordered by Sagittarius to the north, Scorpius to the west, Telescopium to the south, and Ara to the [continue reading]

Anne's Image of the Day: The Rho Ophiuchi Cloud Complex

Anne’s Image of the Day: The Rho Ophiuchi Cloud Complex

  March 16, 2014 The Rho Ophiuchi Cloud Complex, a dark nebula in Ophiuchus Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/WISE Team The Rho Ophiuchi Cloud Complex (Rho Oph for short, or the Ophiuchus Molecular Cloud, and pronounced ‘oh-fee-yoo-ki’ and named after a bright star in the region) is a dark nebula, an emission and reflection nebula of about [continue reading]