The Official Vatican Observatory Foundation Calendars have been a tradition for more than a decade. Every month has a beautiful astrophotograph, donated to us for our use by some of the best amateur astrophotographers in the world! The calendar also contains a delightfully eclectic selection of scientific and astronomically significant dates.
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The Vela Supernova Remnant, by Robert Gendler and Roberto Colombari, USA. This type II supernova remnant is the result of an explosion about 12,000 years ago in the constellation Vela.
NGC 6853 (M27) The Dumbbell Nebula, by R. Jay GaBany, Cosmotography.com, USA. A dying red giant sheds its outer layer creating this cosmic dumbbell in the constellatio Vulpecula.
NGC 3521, Bernard Miller, USA. This beautiful galaxy in a bubble is located about 26 million light years away in the constellation Leo.
NGC 3561, by Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona, USA. Billions and billions of galaxies, or at least hundreds can be seen in this galaxy cluster dominated by interacting pair NGC 3561 A and NGC 3561 B.
M63 LRGBHa, by Tony Hallas, USA. This galactic sunflower is a flocculent spiral galaxy about 30 million light years away in the constellation Canes Venatici.
Milky Way Behind The Lighthouse of Plemmirio – Syracuse, Sicily, by Dario Giannobile, Italy. The Milky Way rises like a giant cloud over the Plemmirio Lighthouse in Sicily.
NGC 3166 & NGC 3169 Galaxy Group, by Ken Crawford, Rancho Del Sol Observatory, USA. This beautiful pair of interacting galaxies lie about 75 million light years away in the constellation Sextans.
Pre, Start, Maximum, End and Post-Totality (TLE2018), by Anthony Ayiomamitis, Greece. This beautiful sequence shows the blood moon waxing and waning on July 27, 2018.
NGC 1232 barred Spiral in Eridanus, by Josef Pöpsel, Stefan Binnewies (www.capella-observatory.com), Germany. This majestic spiral galaxy and its companion lie about 60 million light years away in the constellation Eridanus.
Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635), by Johannes Schedler (panther-observatory.com), Austria. This magnificent cosmic bubble formed by young star SAO 20575, lie about 7,000 light years away in the constellation Cassiopeia.
Cederblad 214, by J-P Metsavainio, Finland. This beautiful star forming region lie about 3,000 light years away in the constellation Cepheus.
Messier 1, by Bernhard Hubl, Austria. This crab like supernova remnant lie about 6,500 light years away in the constellation Taurus.
Sharpless 239 in Taurus, by Mark Hanson – Stellar Winds Observatory, USA. This eerie cloud of gas and dust lie about 450 light years away in the southern end of the Taurus molecular cloud.
M14, by Bob Fera, USA. Like diamonds on velvet, this globular cluster lies about 30,000 light years away in the constellation Ophiuchus.