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Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) + Globular Cluster M79

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Using ESO's Very Large Telescope, an international team of astronomers has discovered a stunning rare case of a triple merger of galaxies. This system, which astronomers have dubbed 'The Bird' - although it also bears resemblance with a cosmic Tinker Bell - is composed of two massive spiral galaxies and a third irregular galaxy.

Head Held High, Comet Lovejoy Does the Polar Plunge

Pleiades star cluster - captured by Chuck Manges using an Orion ED102CF telescope

The Andromeda Galaxy photographed with a 12.5-inch telescope by amateur astronomer Robert Gendler.

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