The Butterfly Nebula ( IC1318) in Cygnus

The Sadr region, or IC 1318, is the diffuse emission nebula surrounding Sadr or Gamma Cygni. Sadr lies in the center of Cygnus’s cross. The Sadr region is one of the surrounding nebulous regions; others include the Butterfly Nebula and the Crescent Nebula. It contains many dark nebulae in addition to the emission diffuse nebulae.

Credit: Gerhard Bachmayer

Petty Earth Minds

“From out there on the Moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.’”

— Edgar Mitchel, Apollo 14 astronaut, speaking in People magazine on 8 April 1974.

(Russian astronaut’s picture of the super moon)

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a sun-like star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of planets.
"We are watching rocky planet formation happen right in front of us," said George Rieke, a University of Arizona co-author of the new study. "This is a unique chance to study this process in near real-time."

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artist concept credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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The Orion Nebula, 1,340 light-years from Earth, is actively making new stars. The IRAC camera peered through the dust and found a long filament of thousands of stars in their early stages. Some of these stars may host planets that could ultimately hold life on them. Want to learn more about astronomy? Head over to astronomyforamateurs.com for your astronomy news, cool articles, and our recommendations on the best astronomy gear around! 

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