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NGC 3862 – also known as 3C 264 – is located in the direction of our constellation Leo the Lion. It’s one of only a few active galaxies with jets seen in visible light. | Artist's concept of the jet from NGC 3862.  Image via Cosmovision/Wolfgang Steffen/UNAM.

Shock collision inside black hole jet Time-lapse movie of plasma jet blasting from a black hole in a distant galaxy. It shows a rear-end collision between two high-speed knots of the jet’s matter.

This composite image of Arp 147 shows the pair of interacting galaxies in X-ray light from Chandra (pink) and optical data from Hubble (red, green, blue). Arp 147 contains the remnant of a spiral galaxy (right) that collided with the elliptical galaxy on the left that triggered an expanding wave of star formation. Young massive stars race through their evolution in a few million years or less and explode as supernovas, leaving behind neutron stars and black holes. Some of these black holes…

A holiday gift! Ring of black holes: Arp 147 contains a spiral galaxy (right) that collided with an elliptical galaxy (left), triggering a wave of star formation.

Image of the Day: An Awesome Galaxy (and Its Odd Companion )--Twice the Size of the Milky Way  This spectacular image of the large spiral galaxy NGC 1232 is based on three exposures in ultra-violet, blue and red light, respectively. The colours of the different regions are well visible : the central areas contain older stars of reddish colour, while the spiral arms are populated by young, blue stars and many star-forming regions.

This spectacular image of the large spiral galaxy NGC 1232 is based on three exposures in ultra-violet, blue and red light, respectively. The colours of the different regions are well visible : the central areas contain older stars of reddish.

Meteorologist Ari Sarsalari geeks out about an incredible thunderstorm picture taken by a pilot in South America.

Pilot Shoots Epic Thunderstorm in South America

Stars, Lightning, Clouds – “A developing thunderstorm climbs high into the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean south of Panama.” Photographer: Santiago Borja x [OS] via /r/spaceporn.

This Hubble image spans about the diameter of a full moon, and includes the Fox Fur Nebula, whose convoluted pelt lies on the lower right, bright variable star S Mon visible just above the Fox Fur, and the Cone Nebula on the image left. Given their distribution, the stars of NGC 2264 are also known as the Christmas Tree star cluster. The triangular tree shape traced by the stars appears here with its apex at the Cone Nebula on the left with its broader base near S Mon on the right. via NASA

This Hubble image spans about the diameter of a full moon, and includes the Fox…

Wild Duck Cluster (Messier 11) ~ Open cluster or galactic cluster, located around 6000 light-years away in the constellation of Scutum (The Shield). The Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile has taken this beautiful image, dappled with blue stars, of one of the most star-rich open clusters currently known, being almost 20 light-years across and home to close to 3000 stars. (ESO)

Wild Duck Cluster (Messier ~ Open cluster or galactic cluster, located around 6000 light-years away in the constellation of Scutum (The Shield). The Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile has take

just–space:  Dusty emission in the Tadpole nebula, IC 410, lies about 12,000 light-years away in the northern constellation Auriga. js

Star Formation in the Tadpole Nebula Image Credit: WISE, IRSA, NASA; Processing & Copyright : Francesco Antonucci: Dusty emission in the Tadpole nebula, IC lies about light-years away in the northern constellation Auriga.

#NGC474 is an elliptical galaxy in the constellation Pisces. This large galaxy is known to possess tidal tails, although their origins remain unknown. These tidal tails may be related to debris left over from absorbing numerous small galaxies in the past billion years.

NGC 474 is an elliptical galaxy in the constellation Pisces. This large galaxy is known to possess tidal tails, although their origins remain unknown. These tidal tails may be related to debris left over from absorbing numerous small galaxies in the past.

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