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M106, Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici -  Data from the Hubble Legacy Archive

M106, Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici - Data from the Hubble Legacy Archive

Mercury, Venus and Saturn - the three stars in Orion's Belt - will perfectly align with the Pyramids at Giza on Dec 3, 2012

Mercury, Venus and Saturn - the three stars in Orion's Belt - will perfectly align with the Pyramids at Giza on Dec 3, 2012

See Explanation. Clicking on the picture will download the highest resolution version available.

See Explanation. Clicking on the picture will download the highest resolution version available.

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has taken a close-up view of an outer part of the Orion Nebula’s little brother, Messier 43. This nebula, which is sometimes referred to as De Mairan’s Nebula after its discoverer, is separated from the famous Orion Nebula (Messier 42) by only a dark lane of dust.  Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has taken a close-up view of an outer part of the Orion Nebula’s little brother, Messier 43. This nebula, which is sometimes referred to as De Mairan’s Nebula after its discoverer, is separated from the famous Orion Nebula (Messier 42) by only a dark lane of dust. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

The Red Spider Nebula: Surfing in Sagittarius - not for the faint-hearted!   Credit: ESA & Garrelt Mellema (Leiden University, the Netherlands)

The Red Spider Nebula: Surfing in Sagittarius - not for the faint-hearted! Credit: ESA & Garrelt Mellema (Leiden University, the Netherlands)

The event should glow bright and red, and is predicted to be observable with the naked eye even though the stars are 1,800 light years from Earth.

The event should glow bright and red, and is predicted to be observable with the naked eye even though the stars are 1,800 light years from Earth.

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