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An image of starbirth region NGC 602, Image credit: NASA / ESA / CXC / University of Potsdam / JPL-Caltech / STScI

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Ghostly Reflections in the Pleiades. The Hubble Space Telescope has caught the eerie, wispy tendrils of a dark interstellar cloud being destroyed by the passage of one of the brightest stars in the Pleiades star cluster. Like a flashlight beam shining off the wall of a cave, the star is reflecting light off the surface of pitch black clouds of cold gas laced with dust. These are called reflection nebulae.

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Plant photos by Biologist Fernan Federici. August 3, 2013 Different color stains were used to see various structures in the plant cells: nuclei (colored red/cyan/white), cell walls (colored green), and chloroplasts (colored yellow). The stained plants were sectioned and viewed using a confocal microscope. Credit: Fernan Federici, PhD, Departamento de Genética Molecular y Microbiologia, Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile and Jim Haseloff, PhD, Department of Plant Sciences, University of…

~~Star birth in the extreme ~ Hubble's view of the Carina Nebula shows star birth in a new level of detail. The fantasy-like landscape of the nebula is sculpted by the action of outflowing winds and scorching ultraviolet radiation from the monster stars that inhabit this inferno. In the process, these stars are shredding the surrounding material that is the last vestige of the giant cloud from which the stars were born | Hubble~~

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NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day 2016 November 16 The Heart and Soul Nebulas Is the heart and soul of our Galaxy located in Cassiopeia? Possibly not, but that is where two bright emission nebulas nicknamed Heart and Soul can be found. The Heart...

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Gaze up at the stars at the Coit Observatory at Boston University. The observatory is open to the public on most Wednesday nights, weather permitting!

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