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CHANDRA X-RAY OBSERVATORY, 24 MAY 2010

This image shows a 75 lighlyear-wide supernova remnant, known as N49, in the Large Magellanic Cloud. It was formed by the explosion of a massive star 160,000 lightyears away. Blue colours indicate the glow of X-rays from the cloud of gos.

Dusty disc

EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY, 16 JUNE 2010

The Sculptor Galaxy (NGC 2531 sits roughly 13 million lightyears from Earth in the southern hemisphere constellation of Sculptor. This new image from ESO's Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy, located in Chile's Parana! Observatory, shows its disc peppered with delicate dust lanes.

A Fiery furnace

SOLAR DYNAMICS OBSERVATORY (SDO), 19 APRIL 2010

An enormous band of plasma known as a prominence rises from the surface of the Sun in this image from NASA's SDO. According to NASA, it was one of the biggest in years. Prominences can also be seen by amateur astronomers using specialist solar telescopes.

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