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Cosmic microwave background

Cosmic microwave background
See this June 29, 2017, article for more info on the tiny variations in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) observed by the European Space Agency’s Planck satellite.

Messier 77 aka NGC 1068

Galaxy image
ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has captured a magnificent face-on view of the barred spiral galaxy Messier 77. The image does justice to the galaxy’s beauty, showcasing its glittering arms criss-crossed with dust lanes — but it fails to betray Messier 77’s turbulent nature. Credit: ESO

Neutron Star E0102 — the first isolated neutron star ever found outside the Milky Way — new imagery combines observations from several telescopic instruments that showcase these dust and gas formations like never before

Neutron Star E0102
A composite image of the supernova 1E0102.2-7219 contains X-rays from Chandra (blue and purple), visible light data from VLT’s MUSE instrument (bright red), and additional data from Hubble (dark red and green). A neutron star, the ultra dense core of a massive star that collapses and undergoes a supernova explosion, is found at its center.