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New Super-Crisp Images of Neptune Show How Far Our Telescopes Have Come

This is a new picture of Neptune taken from the Earth. It’s nothing short of amazing. Read More >>

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Behold the Haunting Beauty of a Distant Star Cluster

A new image of star cluster RCW 38, an area strewn with young, hot, massive stars, is providing an unprecedented glimpse into a tumultuous region of space located 5,500 light-years from Earth. Read More >>

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Scientists Observe Red Giant Waking Up Neutron Star in a Flash

Neutron stars aren’t the twinkle-twinkle kind you typically see in the night sky. They’re stellar corpses, and incredibly dense sources of gravity, with perhaps 1.5 times the mass of the sun packed into an area less than a dozen miles across. Around 9,000 light years away from Earth, one neutron stars seems to have befriended a red giant. And scientists observed the new relationship beginning in a flash of energy. Read More >>

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New Observations Reveal a Dramatic Web Structure Inside the Orion Nebula

Perhaps the most recognisable constellation in the night sky is Orion the hunter. Look closely at the three bright orbs lined up below his belt—his sword. The middle one isn’t a star, but an entire nebula, and parts of it have been invisible to researchers until recently. Read More >>

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Construction Begins On ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope, Will Not Have Death Lasers Despite Appearances

The European Space Agency has been planning the telescope to end all telescopes for years now, but last week things got real — so to speak — with the first stone for the ELO placed in a ceremony in Chile. According to the ESO, the event marks "the beginning of the construction of the dome and main telescope structure of the world's biggest optical telescope". Read More >>

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This Double Star System Puts ‘Double Rainbow’ to Shame

When the world was young and unsullied, we did wholesome things, like laugh at Cheezburger memes and other cat-related pleasantries. One treasure we all adored was the Double Rainbow video, in which a man — ostensibly on peyote and beaver tranquillisers—nearly orgasms at the site of two rainbows in the sky. Those halcyon days may be over, but now, we have a double star system to enjoy instead. Read More >>

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Gorgeous New Nebula Image Proves Cats Really Do Belong In Space

All cat lovers are familiar with toe beans, the little jellies that adorn the bottom your fur baby’s paws. If you, like me, love kitties and space—ideally kitties in space—you’re guaranteed to geek out over the latest image from the European Southern Observatory (ESO), which captures the Cat’s Paw Nebula like never before. Those galactic toe beans are unmistakable! Read More >>

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These Four Laser Beams Will Create the World’s Most Powerful Fake Stars

Set lasers to star mode. The European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory in Chile now has four powerful laser beams with which to create artificial stars in the night sky. Read More >>

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This Stunning Single Image Blurs the Line Between Earth and Space

Sat 2,400 metres above sea level, on the outskirts of the Atacama Desert, the La Silla Observatory has an amazing view of the night sky. So good, in fact, that it’s possible to capture other-worldly photos like this, where space and Earth seem to exist as one. Read More >>

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Look at This Gorgeous Ghost of a Dying Star

This giant cosmic bubble may seem an unusual sight, but in fact it’s pretty common across the Universe—because its the remnants of a dying star, otherwise known as a planetary nebula. Read More >>

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Exoplanet Hunters Will Comb Starlight With Lasers

This picture shows the spectrum of light. You may have seen similar images in the past, but this one is something special—because it’s made of star light. Read More >>

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That’s No Fort… it’s an Observatory 

This stunning aerial photograph of the Very Large Telescope platform somehow reminds me of a smaller base in a real time strategy game, like Starcraft or Total Annihilation. Read More >>

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The Pillars of Creation Will Disappear in a Cosmic Blink

One way or another, the Pillars of Creation are toast. Based on new observations at the European Southern Observatory, these awe-inspiring structures have another three million years before their ghostly image fizzles away into cosmic nothingness. Read More >>