ScienceShot: How to Tie a Ribbon Round the Solar System  by Richard A. Kerr on 5 February 2013 More than 3 years ago, stunned space physicists reported the discovery of a narrow band of sky lit up in the cameras of the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) like some Milky Way on fire. High-powered hydrogen atoms, rather than light, were streaming toward the Earth-orbiting spacecraft from near where the sun's wind of charged particles encounters the magnetic field that courses between the…

ScienceShot: How to Tie a Ribbon Round the Solar System by Richard A. Kerr on 5 February 2013 More than 3 years ago, stunned space physicists reported the discovery of a narrow band of sky lit up in the cameras of the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) like some Milky Way on fire. High-powered hydrogen atoms, rather than light, were streaming toward the Earth-orbiting spacecraft from near where the sun's wind of charged particles encounters the magnetic field that courses between the…

A map of our galaxy the Milky Way, showing pulsars (red), planetary nebulae (blue), globular clusters (yellow), and the orbits of several stars.

A map of our galaxy the Milky Way, showing pulsars (red), planetary nebulae (blue), globular clusters (yellow), and the orbits of several stars.

Speeding Clouds at the Milky Way | Flickr - Luis Argerich The Milky Way rising in vertical orientation behind some cliffs. It was a very windy night so even in this short exposure the clouds show its motion across the sky. Single shot, no tricks.

Speeding Clouds at the Milky Way | Flickr - Luis Argerich The Milky Way rising in vertical orientation behind some cliffs. It was a very windy night so even in this short exposure the clouds show its motion across the sky. Single shot, no tricks.

Mosaic of the Wonder-filled Winter Milky Way | by Amazing Sky Photography

Mosaic of the Wonder-filled Winter Milky Way | by Amazing Sky Photography

Under the Wing of a Dwarf Galaxy (NASA, Chandra, 04/03/13) By NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) is one of the Milky Way's closest galactic neighbors. Even though it is a small, or so-called dwarf galaxy, the SMC is so bright that it is visible to the unaided eye from the Southern Hemisphere and near the equator.

Under the Wing of a Dwarf Galaxy (NASA, Chandra, 04/03/13) By NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) is one of the Milky Way's closest galactic neighbors. Even though it is a small, or so-called dwarf galaxy, the SMC is so bright that it is visible to the unaided eye from the Southern Hemisphere and near the equator.

The Milky Way, from the evening of May 30 through the morning of May 31.

The Milky Way, from the evening of May 30 through the morning of May 31.

Luis Argerich-The Pipe Nebula The "pipe" is an enormous area towards the center of the Milky Way where dust hides the stars in the background. The globular cluster M19 can be seen at the top of the photo and the popular "snake" nebula near the left border

Luis Argerich-The Pipe Nebula The "pipe" is an enormous area towards the center of the Milky Way where dust hides the stars in the background. The globular cluster M19 can be seen at the top of the photo and the popular "snake" nebula near the left border

The Flaming Star nebula lies about 1,500 light years distant, spans about 5 light years, and is visible with a small telescope toward the constellation of the Charioteer (Auriga).

The Flaming Star nebula lies about 1,500 light years distant, spans about 5 light years, and is visible with a small telescope toward the constellation of the Charioteer (Auriga).

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