Ursa Major, or the Great Bear, is home to the Big Dipper, which is not a constellation, but an asterism, or a distinctive group of stars. Ursa Major can be viewed in the Northern Hemisphere all year long.
Also known as the Seven Sisters or Messier 45, the Pleiades is a star cluster. It is in the constellation Taurus.
Orion, "the hunter," is a very prominent constellation because it is on the celestial equator and therefore can be seen from anywhere in the world.
This spiral galaxy, named IC342, is about 11 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Camelopardalis.
The Iris Nebula, a nebula 1,400 light-years away from earth, is what is called a reflection nebula, meaning it shines by the light it reflects from the brightest star in its center. It is located in the constellation Cepheus.
The Big Dipper is made up of the seven brightest stars in the constellation Ursa Major.
The Andromeda Galaxy is also known as Messier 31 is a spiral galaxy about 2.5 million light-years away. It is the nearest spiral galaxy to our home galaxy, the Milky Way.
Royals catcher Miguel Olivo talks to starting pitcher Luke Hochevar during the third inning of Tuesday's loss in Baltimore.
Venus Williams returns the ball to Tamarine Tanasugarn during Williams' victory in the quarterfinals Tuesday at Wimbledon, England.
Serena Williams reacts after winning her quarterfinal match against Agnieszka Radwanska.
Beau Waters jumps off a diving board at the new Tonganoxie Water Park. The park officially opened Tuesday. The water park cost the city nearly $3 million and took construction crews about 10 months to complete. Tuesday's opening was chosen after the pool's completion was delayed twice because weather had slowed construction.
Palestinians wait to leave the Gaza Strip to Egypt, through the Rafah border crossing Tuesday. Egypt on Tuesday opened the Rafah crossing, Gaza's main gateway to the outside world, for two days to allow hundreds of people stranded on both sides to cross.
Earl Huyser, left, Danny Drury and Barbara Huyser visit while listening to the Junk Yard Jazz Band at the Lawrence Presbyterian Annual Friends and Family picnic. Ken Blair, Lawrence, submitted the picture.
Men play chess over a cup of Starbucks coffee Tuesday in Alameda, Calif. Starbucks Corp. said Tuesday it would close 600 company-operated U.S. stores in the next nine months.
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The abandoned bus where Christopher McCandless starved to death in 1992 stands on the Stampede Road near Healy, Alaska, in this March 21, 2006, file photo. McCandless, who hiked into the Alaska wilderness in April 1992 and died there in late August 1992, was apparently poisoned by wild seeds that left him unable to fully metabolize what little food he had. Jon Krakauer's book "Into the Wild" and Sean Penn's movie of the same name are causing people from all over the world to retrace McCandless' steps to the 1940s-era International Harvester bus.
An order for a bowl of ramen noodles is filled, right, at Ippudo, a Japanese ramen noodle brasserie in New York.
Inside a Japanese ramen noodle brasserie in New York.
Ramen Noodle Sushi, served with wasabi dipping sauce, is both fun to make and eat.
Crispy, pan fried noodles make this Ramen Noodle Salad a hit in the dorm or at home.
Watermelon shares the plate with prosciutto in this Watermelon Salad with Mint and Crispy Prosciutto from Real Simple magazine.