Sunday, August 22, 2010

Astronomy picture of the day!

Hello to all of you!Well today we have something for the friends of the beautiful and mysterious space!If you want a travel through the space to see all of the stars, galaxies and other objects that it's hiding well here's your chance!Here's a link from the site of NASA that features the astronomy picture of the day!Every day there will be a picture of the space showing stars,galaxies and other stellar objects!The pictures are from various locations on Earth and they show the magnificent universe that we are live in.So get into your ship and prepare for the most fascinating journey! From now on, this new feature with a new pic everyday it would be available to you at the left bar of our blog(under the Followers). You can click on the photo and learn the specific info about it. Here is the definition of the picture above as an introduction to our new feature.

Hoag's Object: A Strange Ring Galaxy Credit: R. Lucas (STScI/AURA), Hubble Heritage Team, NASA

Explanation: Is this one galaxy or two? This question came to light in 1950 when astronomer Art Hoag chanced upon this unusual extragalactic object. On the outside is a ring dominated by bright blue stars, while near the center lies a ball of much redder stars that are likely much older. Between the two is a gap that appears almost completely dark. How Hoag's Object formed remains unknown, although similar objects have now been identified and collectively labeled as a form of ring galaxy. Genesis hypotheses include a galaxy collision billions of years ago and the gravitational affect of a central bar that has since vanished. The above photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in July 2001 reveals unprecedented details of Hoag's Object and may yield a better understanding. Hoag's Object spans about 100,000 light years and lies about 600 million light years away toward the constellation of the Snake (Serpens). Coincidentally, visible in the gap (at about one o'clock) is yet another ring galaxy that likely lies far in the distance.

Tomorrow's picture: unusual shadows

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