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Elephant Trunk Nebula #space #universe Muse Malady www.musemalady.com

Elephant Trunk Nebula #space #universe Muse Malady www.musemalady.com

A pillar of gas in the Carina Nebula is bathed in the light of hot, massive stars. Photo of Carina Nebula Pillar. Poster on VintPrint.com.

A pillar of gas in the Carina Nebula is bathed in the light of hot, massive stars. Photo of Carina Nebula Pillar. Poster on VintPrint.com.

The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51A or NGC 5194) and (M51B or NGC 5195, left). The Whirlpool Galaxy is a grand-design spiral galaxy, interacting with NGC 5195, a dwarg galxy. Both galaxies are located 23 ± 4 million light-years away in Canes Venatici.

The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51A or NGC 5194) and (M51B or NGC 5195, left). The Whirlpool Galaxy is a grand-design spiral galaxy, interacting with NGC 5195, a dwarg galxy. Both galaxies are located 23 ± 4 million light-years away in Canes Venatici.

Quasar- this is a black hole that is the brightest object in the universe and is thousands of times brighter than the stars in a galaxy combined! Light is shot out of either end in extremely long distances. The light we see coming from these today is very old meaning there are no quasars recently. They are all from far away but a new one can appear at any moment

Quasar- this is a black hole that is the brightest object in the universe and is thousands of times brighter than the stars in a galaxy combined! Light is shot out of either end in extremely long distances. The light we see coming from these today is very old meaning there are no quasars recently. They are all from far away but a new one can appear at any moment

This is the Ghost Nebula, a reflection nebula in the Cepheus constellation. It is located about 1500 light years away from Earth.  It looks like a giant bird, ready to take flight!  Photo credit: T.A. Rector/University of Alaska Anchorage, H. Schweiker/WIYN and NOAO/AURA/NSF

This is the Ghost Nebula, a reflection nebula in the Cepheus constellation. It is located about 1500 light years away from Earth. It looks like a giant bird, ready to take flight! Photo credit: T.A. Rector/University of Alaska Anchorage, H. Schweiker/WIYN and NOAO/AURA/NSF

M27 planetary nebula, constellation Vulpecula, 1360 light years distance.  Was the first planetary nebula discovered. Discovered in 1764 by Charles Messier.

M27 planetary nebula, constellation Vulpecula, 1360 light years distance. Was the first planetary nebula discovered. Discovered in 1764 by Charles Messier.

Possibly the Youngest Galaxy Ever Seen, an irregular dwarf galaxy about 45 million light-years away is seen in this image from NASA. NASA/ESA/A. Schaller

Possibly the Youngest Galaxy Ever Seen, an irregular dwarf galaxy about 45 million light-years away is seen in this image from NASA. NASA/ESA/A. Schaller

Informally known as the "Soap Bubble Nebula", this planetary nebula (officially known as PN G75.5+1.7) Image: T. A. Rector/University of Alaska Anchorage, H. Shweiker/WIYN and OAO/AURA/NSF

Informally known as the "Soap Bubble Nebula", this planetary nebula (officially known as PN G75.5+1.7) Image: T. A. Rector/University of Alaska Anchorage, H. Shweiker/WIYN and OAO/AURA/NSF