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Polar Ring Galaxy (NGC 660) ~ Over 20 million light-years away and swimming within the boundaries of the constellation Pisces, NGC 660's peculiar appearance marks it as a Polar Ring Galaxy. A RARE galaxy type, polar ring galaxies have a substantial population of stars, gas, and dust orbiting in rings nearly perpendicular to the plane of the galactic disk. (Gemini Observatory, AURA, NASA)

Polar Ring Galaxy (NGC 660) ~ Over 20 million light-years away and swimming within the boundaries of the constellation Pisces, NGC 660's peculiar appearance marks it as a Polar Ring Galaxy. A RARE galaxy type, polar ring galaxies have a substantial population of stars, gas, and dust orbiting in rings nearly perpendicular to the plane of the galactic disk. (Gemini Observatory, AURA, NASA)

NGC281 The Pacman Nebula in Hubble Palette | by astrochuck

NGC281 The Pacman Nebula in Hubble Palette | by astrochuck

Astronauts aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis took this photograph of Soviet space station Mir over New Zealand as Atlantis approached Mir prior to docking on March 23rd, 1996.

Astronauts aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis took this photograph of Soviet space station Mir over New Zealand as Atlantis approached Mir prior to docking on March 23rd, 1996.

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