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astronomicwonders For astronomers, close binary star system BD+20 307 originally stood out because it is extremely dusty. A substantial amount of warm dust surrounding it causes the system to appear exceptionally bright at infrared wavelengths. Of course, dust associated with planet formation is often detected around young stars, stars only a few million years old. But the BD+20 307 system has now been found to be at least a few billion years old, an age comparable to the age of our own Solar System. The large amount of warm dust is likely the debris from a relatively recent collision of planet-sized objects on the scale of, say, Earth and Venus, in the BD+20 307 system. Reminiscent of the classic scifi novel When Worlds Collide, the dramatic illustration offers a depiction of the catastrophic event. Ironically, this indirect evidence of a destructive planetary collision could also be the first indication that planetary systems can form around close binary stars. BD+20 307 is about 300 light-years distant toward the headstrong constellation Aries.

Illustration Credit & Copyright: Lynette Cook
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interstellarhd "We're still pioneers. We've barely begun. And our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies above us." - (Image Credit & Copyright: Tarun Kotz) #interstellarhd 1h

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e_solheim Just splitting a corn muffin with this little stinker #mindyourmanners #pawsoff #hubble #lunchtime #yum 2h

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giorgimaz Hubble lo ha fotografato una settimana fa, la nasa lo chiama l'occhio di Dio, è una stella che sta morendo a 10 anni luce da noi e sta creando una nebulosa che é stupenda, sembra un occhio
#Hubble#nasa#stars#universo#science#eye#faboulous
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willwrite4food2 "Your girl is lovely, Hubble..." Had to go for a walk last night after a work event, say hi to The Plaza, and see what's playing at The Paris Theater. It's been too long. ^_^ #theplaza #thewaywewere #nyc #hubble 6h

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noahclubb Im on the road to space #hubble #nasa #telescope 9h

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universe247 Long Night | image credit: Lincoln Harrison. 10h

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arlanzurcher the first record of the great red spot is a drawing made in 1831 by german amateur astronomer samuel heinrich schwabe of the hollow in which the spot sits. the great red spot itself has been when it was described by american astronomer carr walter pritchett. it may be the same storm as the so called permanent spot that was discovered in 1665 by italian astronomer gian domenico cassini and last seen in 1713. detailed observations and measurements have been made by the voyager and galileo spacecraft. seen through telescopes from earth, it varies in colour from #Jupiter #Cosmos #Kepler #Hubble #Universe #CarlSagan 14h

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chevellerr1 Sorry about the repost but really wasn't happy with the first edit. This is more on the tone I was wanting. #space #nasa #galaxy #astro #astronomy #nebula #hubble #sun #sky #stars #milkyway #nightsky #supernova #science #peace #landscape #planets #cosmos #universe #moon #earth #farm #yeg #edmonton #alberta #canada 14h

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interstellarhd A Sky Portal in New Zealand. To some, it may look like a portal into the distant universe. To others, it may appear as the eye of a giant. Given poetic license, both are correct. Pictured above is a standard fisheye view of the sky -- but with an unusual projection. The view is from a perch in New Zealand called Te Mata Peak, a name that translates from the Maori language as "Sleeping Giant". The wondrous panorama shows the band of our Milky Way Galaxy right down the center of the sky, with the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds visible to the right. The red hue is atmospheric airglow that surprised the photographer as it was better captured by the camera than the eye. The above image was taken three weeks ago as the photographer's sister, on the left, and an acquaintance peered into the sky portal. (Image Credit & Copyright: Petr Horálek) #interstellarhd 15h

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