The Andromeda Galaxy (M31)

The Andromeda Galaxy (M31)
The Andromeda Galaxy, also known as Messier 31, M31, or NGC 224 (as seen from the Southern Hemisphere).

M31 is a large Spiral Galaxy approximately 2.5 million light-years from Earth. It is the nearest major Galaxy to the Milky Way, in the constellation of Andromeda. At approximately 220,000 light-years across, it is the largest Galaxy of the Local Group, which also contains the Milky Way Galaxy, the Triangulum Galaxy, and about 44 other smaller Galaxies.

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Kalahari Desert Star Trails

Kalahari Desert Star TrailsKalahari Desert Circular Star Trails, due to Earth’s rotation around the Southern Celestial Pole (a stacked image sequence started just before daybreak, and ended at first light of day).

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The Great Nebula in Carina (NGC 3372)

The Carinae Nebula
The Carina Nebula is the closest giant star-forming region to our Solar System, in the Carina–Sagittarius Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy (7 500 light years from Earth). It is situated in the Southern Hemisphere Constellation Carina (The Keel). The Carina Nebula (also called The Grand Nebula or Eta Carinae Nebula) is one of the largest Diffuse Nebulae in our skies, and contains at least two stars with a combined luminosity over five million times that of the Sun. The star Eta Carinae is at least a hundred times more massive than our star (the Sun), and is a candidate for a Supernova.

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The Waning Gibbous Moon

Waning Gibbous Moon
The Waning Gibbous Moon on 31 December 2015, as seen from the Southern Hemisphere, South Africa.

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Waxing Crescent Moon behind the clouds

Waxing Crescent Moon in the Clouds
The Waxing Crescent Moon on 16 December 2015, as seen from the Southern Hemisphere, South Africa.

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Super Blood Moon – Total Lunar Eclipse


The Super Moon (Total Lunar Eclipse) on 28 September 2015, as seen from the Southern Hemisphere, South Africa. Photographed between 03:00 and 04:30 am.

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Waxing Crescent (Super Moon)


The Waxing Crescent Moon (Super Moon) on 19 September 2015, as seen from the Southern Hemisphere, South Africa.

Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent
Moon Illumination: 33.89%

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