August 2015: Picture of the Month

September 1, 2015
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CygnusCrescent_Swift_6023Taken by Paul C. Swift, this image spans 6 degrees and captures the beautiful landscape that lies along the plane of the Milky Way and the center of the northern constellation Cygnus the Swan. Notable celestial objects in this featured image are the bright supergiant star Gamma Cygni (at the upper left), IC 1318 (popularly known as the Butterfly Nebula, located to the left of Gamma Cygni – can you find it?), and NGC 6888 (the Crescent Nebula, located at the lower right).

For the original post, click HERE.

For more of Paul C. Swift’s photos, click HERE.


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July 2015: Picture of the Month

July 31, 2015
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pluto and charon

With the recent Pluto flyby earlier on this month, come the extraordinary photos of Pluto and Charon (not to mention the countless amount of data collected). Above is a portrait of Pluto (left) and Charon (right). The size, separation, color and orientations of Pluto and Charon are approximated in this image.

For a better look at Pluto, click HERE.

For a better look at Charon, click HERE.

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