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Mysterious Stars Surround Andromeda's Black Hole - Credit: © 2002 R. Gendler, Photo by R. GendlerThe Andromeda Galaxy photographed with a 12.5-inch telescope by amateur astronomer Robert Gendler.

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Space Photo of the Day 2013

Informally known as the "Soap Bubble Nebula", this planetary nebula (officially known as PN G75.5+1.7) was discovered by amateur astronomer Dave Jurasevich on July 6th, 2008. It was noted and reported by Keith Quattrocchi and Mel Helm on July 17th, 2008. This image was obtained with the Kitt Peak Mayall 4-meter telescope on June 19th, 2009 in the H-alpha (orange) and [OIII] (blue) narrowband filters. In this image, north is to the left and east is down.

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A Comet and a ClusterThis beautiful image shows the comet Lovejoy as it moves past the Pleiades Cluster. While the Pleiades Star Cluster has been studied for thousands of years, the comet Lovejoy was only discovered in August of 2014 by the amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy. Terry’s passion for astronomy lead him to discover the first comet from ground-based observation in over 40 years.Credit: AmazingSky.com/Terry Lovejoy

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Group Of Galaxies Called "Stephan's Quintet" (Favored Object For Amateur Astronomers With Good Hobby Telescopes). The Quintet Is A Prototype Of A Class Of Objects Known As 'Compact Groups Of Galaxies' - NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope

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A Comet and a Cluster This beautiful image shows the comet Lovejoy as it moves past the Pleiades Cluster. While the Pleiades Star Cluster has been studied for thousands of years, the comet Lovejoy was only discovered in August of 2014 by the amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy. Terry’s passion for astronomy lead him to discover the first comet from ground-based observation in over 40 years. Credit: AmazingSky.com/Terry Lovejoy

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Comet Hyakutakewas: Japanese amateur astronomer Yuji Hyakutake’s second comet discovery, and the third comet discovered in 1996. The comet came within 8 million miles of Earth on March 25. It was very well placed for viewing because it was be near the “North Star” (Polaris). It appeared, to the naked eye, like a fuzzy ball with a trailing edge!

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Global Puzzle

Comet West - This photograph of Comet West, one of the greatest comets of all-time, was taken by amateur astronomer John Laborde. The picture shows the two distinct tails. The thin blue ion tail is made up of gases, while the broad white tail is made up of tiny dust particles.

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Comet Hyakutake. This spectacular comet was discovered by a Japanese amateur astronomer in 1996

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The second of three images of GigaGalaxy Zoom project is a new and wonderful view, at 340 million pixels, the center of our galactic home, a 34 by 20 degrees amplitude gives us a view like that "experience" the amateur astronomers around the world. This second photograph was taken by Stéphane Guisard, ESO engineer and world-renowned astrophotographer, from Cerro Paranal, location of ESO Very Large Telescope and one of the best places in the world in terms of quality of the sky.

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Astronomers have mapped the stellar halo surrounding the elliptical galaxy Centaurus A (NGC 5128), finding it to extend farther than expected. This Hubble Space Telescope image was released on July 22, 2014. - Credit: NASA, ESA & M. Rejkuba (European Southern Observatory)

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