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Sharpest ever view (1.5Gpx) of the Andromeda Galaxy by the Hubble Space Telescope
Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Dalcanton (University of Washington, USA), B. F. Williams (University of Washington, USA), L. C. Johnson (University of Washington, USA), the PHAT team, and R. Gendler.

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Barred spiral NGC 5101 and nearly edge-on system NGC 5078
Credit : APOD (25/05/2016) Dietmar Hager. Eric Benson

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The Helix Nebula in Infrared
Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, Spitzer Space Telescope; Processing: Judy Schmidt

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Herschel’s view of the Horsehead Nebula
Copyright ESA/Herschel/PACS, SPIRE/N. Schneider, Ph. André, V. Könyves (CEA Saclay, France) for the “Gould Belt survey” Key Programme

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Andromeda Galaxy seen in infrared
Copyright ESA/Herschel/PACS/SPIRE/J. Fritz, U. Gent

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The Crab Nebula (or Messier 1), a remnant of a supernova explosion
Copyright : European Southern Observatory / Manu Mejias

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ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory view of the COSMOS field.
Credit: ESA/Herschel/SPIRE/HerMES Key Programme; Hubble images: NASA, ESA; Keck Spectra: Caltech/W. M. Keck Observatory.

 

IRAS 08572+3915 an ultraluminous infrared galaxy
Credit: Gerhardt Meurer (The Johnos Hopkins University)

 

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EARTH

Name: Earth Mass: 5.9 ×1024 kg
Radius: 6,371 km
Distance (from Earth): 0 km # of Stars: 0

MOON

Name: Moon Mass: 7.3 ×1022 kg
Radius: 1,737 km
Distance (from Earth): 384,400 km = 1.2 light-second # of Stars: 0

JUPITER

Name: Jupiter Mass: 1.9×1027 kg = 317.8×Earth = 1/1047 × Sun
Radius: 69,911 km
Distance (from Earth):  Closest: 588 ×106 km = 33 light-minutes  Farthest: 968 ×106 km = 54 light-minutes  # of Stars: 0
 

SUN

Name: Sun Type: Star Mass: 1.9×1030 kg = 333,000 × Earth
Radius: 695,700 km = 109 × Earth
Distance (from Earth): 1 AU ≈ 1.496×108 km = 8 light-minutes # of Stars: 1

HELIX

Name: Helix Nebula Type: Planetary Nebula Mass: < 8 x Sun
Radius: 2.7 x 1013 km = 2.87 light-years
Distance (from Earth): 6.7 x 1015 km = 714 light-years # of Stars: 1 white dwarf star
 

ORION

Name: Orion Nebula Type: Diffuse Nebula Mass: ~ 2,000 x Sun
Radius: 1.1 x 1014 km = 12 light-years
Distance (from Earth): 1.3 x 1016 km =1,344 light-years # of Stars: 2,800

GLOBULAR CLUSTER

Name: 47 Tucanae (NGC 104) Type: Globular Cluster Mass: 7.00×10x Sun  Radius: 5.7 x 1014 km = 60 light-years
Distance (from Earth): 1.6 x 1017 km =16,700 light-years # of Stars: > 500,000
 

SPIRAL GALAXY

Name: Pinwheel Galaxy (Messier 101) Type: Spiral Galaxy Mass: 100×10x Sun (disk) + 3×10x Sun (central bulge) Radius: 8 x 1017 km = 85,000 light-years
Distance (from Earth): 1.4 x 1020 km = 20,900,000 light-years # of Stars: ~1 trillion (1012)
 

GALAXY CLUSTER

Name: Abell 1689  Type: Galaxy Cluster Mass: ~1015 x Sun  Radius: 9.4 x 1018 km = 1,000,000 light-years
Distance (from Earth): 2.3 x 1022 km = 2,459,000,000 light-years # of Stars: >160,000 globular clusters