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Space photo of the day: June 22


This floating ring is the size of a galaxy. In fact, it is part of the photogenic Sombrero Galaxy, one of the largest galaxies in the nearby Virgo Cluster of Galaxies. The dark band of dust that obscures the mid-section of the Sombrero Galaxy in optical light actually glows brightly in infrared light.  R. Kennicutt/Steward Obs./SSC/JPL/Caltech/NASA

http://www.csmonitor.com/CSM-Photo-Galleries/In-Pictures/Space-Photos-of-the-Day/Space-photos-of-the-day-06-22/%28photo%29/4

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4 Responses

  1. Absolutely gorgeous!

  2. And that is why I love photos from space…sheer beauty.

  3. Stunning, magical really!

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