Anne's Image of the Day: Emission Nebula NGC 1748

Anne’s Image of the Day: Emission Nebula NGC 1748

  April 29, 2014 NGC 1748, an emission nebula in the LMC Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Mohammad Heydari-Malayeri (Observatoire de Paris, France) NGC 1748 (also known as IC 2114 and N83B) is an emission nebula of roughly 55 light-years across in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way galaxy, located some [continue reading]

Anne's Image of the Day: Spiral Galaxy NGC 4921

Anne’s Image of the Day: Spiral Galaxy NGC 4921

  April 28, 2014 NGC 4921, a barred spiral galaxy in Coma Berenices Image Credit: NASA / ESA / Roberto Colombari / Hubble Legacy Archive NGC 4921 (also known as UGC 8134) is a barred spiral galaxy, located about 320 million light-years away from Earth in the northern constellation of Coma Berenices (Berenice’s Hair), while it is [continue reading]

Anne's Image of the Day: Dwarf Galaxy ESO 540-031

Anne’s Image of the Day: Dwarf Galaxy ESO 540-031

  April 25, 2014 ESO 540-031, a dwarf irregular galaxy in Cetus Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA Acknowledgement: Luca Limatola ESO 540-031 (also known as DDO 6 and UGCA 15) is a dwarf irregular galaxy of 6,800 x 3,800 light-years in diameter, located about 11.25 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Cetus (the [continue reading]

Anne's Image of the Day: Reflection Nebula GM 1-29

Anne’s Image of the Day: Reflection Nebula GM 1-29

  April 24, 2014 GM 1-29, a reflection nebula in Cepheus  Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA Acknowledgement: Alexey Romashin GM 1-29 (also known as Gyulbudaghian’s Nebula, after Armen Gyulbudaghian, an Armenian astronomer who discovered this nebula in 1977) is a bluish fan-shaped, variable reflection nebula of about 0.2 light-year across, located over 1600 light-years from Earth in [continue reading]

Anne's Image of the Day: The Whale Galaxy

Anne’s Image of the Day: The Whale Galaxy

  April 23, 2014 NGC 4631, a barred spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici Image Credit & Copyright: Dieter Beer & Patrick Hochleitner NGC 4631 (also known as the Whale Galaxy) is an edge-on, barred spiral galaxy of about 140,000 light-years across that lies some 30 million light-years away from Earth in the small northern constellation of Canes [continue reading]

Earth's "Twin" Discovered, But Does it Host Life?

Earth’s “Twin” Discovered, But Does it Host Life?

  Using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-sized planet orbiting a star in the “habitable zone” — the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable [continue reading]