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The Spiral Galaxy

The VLT Survey Telescope (VST) has captured in sharp detail the beauty of the nearby spiral galaxy NGC 253. The new portrait is probably the most detailed wide-field view of this object and its surroundings ever taken, according to the European Southern Observatory (ESO). Image and caption courtesy of ESO/INAF-VST

Searching for meteorites in Antarctica

Although meteors fall all over the world, they usually just sink to the bottom of an ocean, are buried by shifting terrain, or are easily confused with terrestrial rocks. Image and caption courtesy of Ralph P. Harvey (CWRU), Antarctic Search for Meteorites Program, NASA, NSF

 Hubble’s snow angel

The bipolar star-forming region, called Sharpless 2-106, looks like a soaring, celestial snow angel. Image and caption courtesy of NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Saturn’s moon, Dione

NASA's Cassini spacecraft obtained this unprocessed image on Dec. 12, 2011. The camera was pointing toward Saturn's moon Dione from approximately 76,344 miles (122,864 kilometers) away. Image and caption courtesy of NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute