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Friday, August 1, 2014: This view toward the bulge at the center of our Milky Way galaxy shows a large, obscuring nebula in the foreground. This nebula opens just enough to show glimpses of the galactic central bulge, which contains no gas and where no star formation is occurring--none, in fact, for billions of years. In general, the bulge of a spiral galaxy consists of a quasi-spherical, amorphous ball of old stars. Image released July 2014. %u2014 Tom Chao

Friday, August 1, 2014: This view toward the bulge at the center of our Milky Way galaxy shows a large, obscuring nebula in the foreground. This nebula opens just enough to show glimpses of the galactic central bulge, which contains no gas and where no star formation is occurring--none, in fact, for billions of years. In general, the bulge of a spiral galaxy consists of a quasi-spherical, amorphous ball of old stars. Image released July 2014. %u2014 Tom Chao

Orion over Turin - the small, fuzzy dot just below Orions belt is not a star, but a whole galaxy of stars

Orion over Turin - the small, fuzzy dot just below Orions belt is not a star, but a whole galaxy of stars

Milky Way, Cold Night in Bozeman, Montana. One of the most beautiful places I have ever been!! I want to go back.

Milky Way, Cold Night in Bozeman, Montana. One of the most beautiful places I have ever been!! I want to go back.

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