Eclipsed Moon in the Milky Way
Image Credit & Copyright: Babak Tafreshi
The Antennae Galaxies in Collision
Credit: NASA, ESA & B. Whitmore (STScI) et al.
Distance: 5,000,000 Light Years
On visual inspection M94 appears to be a series of ring like structures. As one of the closest starburst-ringed galaxies it possesses one of the highest optical surface brightness nuclei known.
At its center is a 1400 light year stellar bar which has been an important influence on the overall morphology of the galaxy. Surrounding the central bar is an inner stellar disk with a radius of about 2300 light years. Further out at a radius of about 3500 light years is an almost perfectly circular starburst ring.
Signals of a Strange Universe
Credit: High-Z Supernova Search Team, HST, NASA
A Milky Way Band
Credit & Copyright: John P. Gleason, Celestial Images
Jupiter, Vesta, and the Milky Way
Credit & Copyright: Jimmy Westlake (Colorado Mountain College)