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NGC 253 Galaxy Detail

Looking a Galaxy in the Eye

The telescope technique of adaptive optics is rapidly advancing, allowing unprecedented ground-based views of distant galaxies. Astronomers with the European Southern Observatory recently used adaptive optics to spot details in the core of NGC 253, one of the brightest and dustiest spiral galaxies in the sky.

Tags: adaptive optics, dust, galaxy, spiral galaxy, star formation

Total Solar Eclipse (France, 1999)

84 Years Ago, the Sun Blinked Out!

January 24, 2009 is the 84th anniversary of the last total solar eclipse that was visible from New York City. On January 24, 1925, the southern portion of the Moon's umbral shadow passed across upper Manhattan, parts of Queens and all of the Bronx.

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