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The Eta Carina Nebula

NGC 3372, the second brightest nebula in the sky after the great Orion Nebula. This nebula is visible to the naked eye from the South hemisphere and host the hypergiant star Eta Carina, the most likely candidate in our galaxy to become a hypernova.

Photographed by Luis Argerich

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Jupiter approaches the Moon

The evening after New Year’s Day found Jupiter approximately 4.5° due south of the waxing gibbous Moon. In this image you can see the four Galilean satellites forming a line from our perspective as they orbit the giant planet. Starting at the bottom, they are Ganymede, Europa, Io (all below Jupiter), and Callisto. 

by Jared Bowens from Cosby, Missouri

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