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This is a deep image of the Sword of Orion - the three stars that make up the weapon hanging off the belt of this famous celestial hunter. The image showcases the amazing mix of physical and optical processes including atomic emission, Rayleigh scattering, reflection and absorbtion of light, that go on in this star forming region to create this kaleidescope of colours and details.

This is a deep image of the Sword of Orion - the three stars that make up the weapon hanging off the belt of this famous celestial hunter. The image showcases the amazing mix of physical and optical processes including atomic emission, Rayleigh scattering, reflection and absorbtion of light, that go on in this star forming region to create this kaleidescope of colours and details.

A beautiful new image of two colliding galaxies has been released by NASA's Great Observatories. The Antennae galaxies, located about 62 million light-years from Earth, are shown in this composite image from the Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue), the Hubble Space Telescope (gold and brown), and the Spitzer Space Telescope (red).

A beautiful new image of two colliding galaxies has been released by NASA's Great Observatories. The Antennae galaxies, located about 62 million light-years from Earth, are shown in this composite image from the Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue), the Hubble Space Telescope (gold and brown), and the Spitzer Space Telescope (red).

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universe; space; planet; solar system; sky; NASA's Messenger Satellite Captures Spectacular Color Mosaic of Mercury

“The Horsehead Nebula” (left), by Bill Snyder, (Winner), and “At the Feet of Orion (NGC 1999) - Full Field”, by Marco Lorenzi. | 11 Psychedelic Pictures Of Space That Won Awards This Year

11 Psychedelic Pictures Of Space That Won Awards This Year

“The Horsehead Nebula” (left), by Bill Snyder, (Winner), and “At the Feet of Orion (NGC 1999) - Full Field”, by Marco Lorenzi. | 11 Psychedelic Pictures Of Space That Won Awards This Year