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Country: USA
State/Region: California
City: Playa del Rey
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  • Hypothetical Photo of 2 Suns Setting
    Hypothetical Photo of 2 S.. 
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    Hypothetical Photo of 2 Suns Setting
    This NASA artist concept photo demonstrates a hypothetical alien sunset where a planet watches two suns setting at the same time. Surprisingly, binary stars (two suns together) are three times more likely to be circled by planets than single stars. What is especially interesting is that when a planet is surrounded by two stars, it evolves around both, rather than just one.rnrnA really gnarly concept photo for space and sun lovers.
 
  • Galactic Center Region of Milky Way
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    Galactic Center Region of Milky Way
    "X-rays detected by Chandra expose a wealth of exotic objects and high-energy features. In this image, pink represents lower energy X-rays and blue indicates higher energy. Hundreds of small dots show emission from material around black holes and other dense stellar objects. A supermassive black hole -- some four million times more massive than the Sun -- resides within the bright region in the lower right. The diffuse X-ray light comes from gas heated to millions of degrees by outflows from the supermassive black hole, winds from giant stars, and stellar explosions. This central region is the most energetic place in our galaxy." - NASA Note: This is an official NASA produced image.
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  • Infrared Light Photo of Center Region of Milky Way
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    Infrared Light Photo of Center Region of Milky Way
    "Spitzer's infrared-light observations provide a detailed and spectacular view of the galactic center region. The swirling core of our galaxy harbors hundreds of thousands of stars that cannot be seen in visible light. These stars heat the nearby gas and dust. These dusty clouds glow in infrared light and reveal their often dramatic shapes. Some of these clouds harbor stellar nurseries that are forming new generations of stars. Like the downtown of a large city, the center of our galaxy is a crowded, active, and vibrant place." - Offical NASA site. Note: This is a real, official NASA released image.
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  • Clusters of Massive Stars by Hubble Telescope
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    Clusters of Massive Stars by Hubble Telescope
    "Although best known for its visible-light images, Hubble also observes over a limited range of infrared light. The galactic center is marked by the bright patch in the lower right. Along the left side are large arcs of warm gas that have been heated by clusters of bright massive stars. In addition, Hubble uncovered many more massive stars across the region. Winds and radiation from these stars create the complex structures seen in the gas throughout the image.This sweeping panorama is one of the sharpest infrared pictures ever made of the galactic center region." - NASA official site This is an official NASA image. Great mix of black and yellow, would like amazing on any wall and as a metal print!
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  • The Milky Way Galaxy From Above
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    The Milky Way Galaxy From Above
    An artist's impressions by NASA and Caltech of how the Milky Way Galaxy would appear from above. It is believed there are two main spiral arms starting from opposite ends of the central bar you see here. Our sun lies in the Orion Spur, just below the center of the image.
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  • Infrared Coronet Cluster Shot By Spitzer Telescope
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    Infrared Coronet Cluster Shot By Spitzer Telescope
    "While perhaps not quite as well known as its star formation cousin of Orion, the Corona Australis region (containing, at its heart, the Coronet cluster) is one of the nearest and most active regions of ongoing star formation. The Spitzer image shows young stars plus diffuse emission from dust." - Official NASA website. This photo was provided by NASA. It is one of the most beautiful regions in the universe. Prints extremely well.
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  • Comets in Helix Nebula in Constellation Aquarius
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    Comets in Helix Nebula in Constellation Aquarius
    "This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Helix nebula, a cosmic starlet often photographed by amateur astronomers for its vivid colors and eerie resemblance to a giant eye. The nebula, located about 700 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, belongs to a class of objects called planetary nebulae. Discovered in the 18th century, these colorful beauties were named for their resemblance to gas-giant planets like Jupiter. Planetary nebulae are the remains of stars that once looked a lot like our sun. When sun-like stars die, they puff out their outer gaseous layers. These layers are heated by the hot core of the dead star, called a white dwarf, and shine with infrared and visible colors. Our own sun will blossom into a planetary nebula when it dies in about five billion years. In Spitzer's infrared view of the Helix nebula, the eye looks more like that of a green monster's. Infrared light from the outer gaseous layers is represented in blues and greens. The white dwarf is visible as a tiny white dot in the center of the picture. The red color in the middle of the eye denotes the final layers of gas blown out when the star died. The brighter red circle in the very center is the glow of a dusty disk circling the white dwarf (the disk itself is too small to be resolved). This dust, discovered by Spitzer's infrared heat-seeking vision, was most likely kicked up by comets that survived the death of their star. Before the star died, its comets and possibly planets would have orbited the star in an orderly fashion. But when the star blew off its outer layers, the icy bodies and outer planets would have been tossed about and into each other, resulting in an ongoing cosmic dust storm. Any inner planets in the system would have burned up or been swallowed as their dying star expanded." - NASA Official Site. This photo was taken by NASA. Highly recommended for framed images.
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  • Gnarly Pink M81 Spiral Galaxy
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    Gnarly Pink M81 Spiral Galaxy
    "The perfectly picturesque spiral galaxy known as Messier 81, or M81, looks sharp in this new composite from NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes and NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer. M81 is a "grand design" spiral galaxy, which means its elegant arms curl all the way down into its center. It is located about 12 million light-years away in the Ursa Major constellation and is one of the brightest galaxies that can be seen from Earth through telescopes. The colors in this picture represent a trio of light wavelengths: blue is ultraviolet light captured by the Galaxy Evolution Explorer; yellowish white is visible light seen by Hubble; and red is infrared light detected by Spitzer. The blue areas show the hottest, youngest stars, while the reddish-pink denotes lanes of dust that line the spiral arms. The orange center is made up of older stars."- NASA
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  • Galactic Metropolis As Seen 9.6 Billion Years Ago
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    Galactic Metropolis As Seen 9.6 Billion Years Ago
    "A surprisingly large collection of galaxies (red dots in center) stands out at a remarkably large distance in this composite image combining infrared and visible-light observations. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope contributed to the infrared component of the observations, while shorter-wavelength infrared and visible data are provided by Japan's Subaru telescope atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Looking out to this distance, the cluster appears as it was 9.6 billion years ago, only about three billion years after the Big Bang. Astronomers were surprised to find such a "modern" cluster at an era when its peers tended to be much smaller, presumably taking billions of more years to collect enough galaxies to reach such a size." - NASA
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