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Seeing Quadruple - The picture shows a famous cosmic mirage known as the "Einstein Cross", and is a direct visual confirmation of the theory of general relativity. It is one of the best examples of the phenomenon of gravitational lensing — the bending of light by gravity as predicted by Einstein in the early 20th century. In this case, the galaxy’s powerful gravity acts as a lens that bends & amplifies the light from the quasar behind it, producing four images of the distant object.

Gravitational Lensing at work, “Einstein’s Cross”: a single distant quasar is lensed into four distinct points of light by a nearer galaxy.

Major sky events of 2014 are listed.

Need to break out the telescope.The year 2014 is packed with amazing night sky events. See the year's most exciting celestial events to mark on your calendar in this Space.

Messier 63

Hubble : nouveau portrait de M63, la galaxie du Tournesol

Star Streams and the Sunflower Galaxy - Messier A bright spiral galaxy of the northern sky, Messier 63 is about 25 million light-years distant in the loyal constellation Canes Venatici.

Beware of the Blob- Two-sided outflow powered by the supermassive black hole buried inside shown in bright yellow. Credit: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss space-is-a-beautiful-place

At the top, large spiral galaxy NGC 1055, and the bottom spiral Messier 77, in this sharp cosmic view toward the aquatic constellation Cetus. The narrowed, dusty appearance of edge-on spiral NGC 1055 contrasts nicely with the face-on view of M77's bright nucleus and spiral arms. Both over 100,000 light-years across, the pair are dominant members of a small galaxy group about 60 million light-years away. M77 and NGC 1055 are separated by at least 500,000 light-years.

At the top, large spiral galaxy NGC and the bottom spiral Messier in…

La croix d'Einstein. Gravitational fluctuation difracted 4 images of a same galaxy around it

Einstein's Cross, a quasar in the Pegasus constellation, is an excellent example…

The area shows almost no signs of cosmic matter, meaning no stars, planets, solar systems or clouds of cosmic dust. Researchers couldn't even find dark matter, which is invisible but measurable by its gravitational pull. There were also no signs of black holes that might have gobbled up the matter once present in the region.

The Eridanus Void. This area shows almost no signs of cosmic matter, meaning no stars, planets, solar systems or clouds of cosmic dust. Researchers couldn't even find dark matter, which is invisible but measurable by matter once present in the region.

The Westbrook Nebula is a star in the protoplanetary nebula phase, and it's actually a pretty rare phenomenon to catch on camera, because in the grand scheme of things, they don't last that long. What a lot of people don't realize is that when a star dies, it doesn't explode all at once. It fires off a couple of warning shots first before it finally bites the big one.

11 Deep Space Photos You Won't Believe Aren't Photoshopped

The Westbrook Nebula is a star in the protoplanetary nebula phase, and it's actually a pretty rare phenomenon to catch on camera,.

~~Cradled in cosmic dust and glowing hydrogen, stellar nurseries in Orion the Hunter lie at the edge of a giant molecular cloud some 1,500 light-years away | Rogelio Bernal Andreo~~

Cradled in cosmic dust & glowing hydrogen, stellar nurseries in Orion the Hunter lie at the edge of a giant molecular cloud some 1500 ly away

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