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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