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Hubble’s Latest Batch of Space Porn Is Some of the Best We’ve Ever Seen

Space is mind-bogglingly vast, and it’s practically impossible for our puny brains to comprehend just how huge it really is. Using the Hubble Space Telescope, an international team of astronomers has completed an exhaustive survey of star-forming galaxies in the local Universe. The resulting catalogue won’t help you fathom the immensity of the cosmos, but at least you can enjoy the pretty pictures. Read More >>

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The First Exoplanet Known to Contain Helium Is a Truly Alien World 

In addition to filling balloons at birthday parties, helium can be found scattered throughout the cosmos. To date, however, scientists have struggled to detect the ubiquitous element on distant worlds, even though the gas is certain to be there. But that’s now changed, thanks to the discovery of helium on a Jupiter-sized world located 200 light-years from Earth—but that’s only part of the story. Read More >>

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Hubble Releases Mind-Blowing New Images of the Lagoon Nebula to Honour Its 28th Anniversary

NASA has released incredible new images of the Lagoon Nebula taken by the Hubble space telescope, in honour of its 28th anniversary. Dude... have you ever like... thought about how small we are... and how big the universe is...? Read More >>

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This Single Image Profoundly Sums Up Einstein’s Landmark Theory

You might think you have gravity pretty well figured out. If you drop a ball out of a window, a short time later it will hit the ground. The higher up you drop it, the faster it travels before it hits the ground. Read More >>

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The Making of ‘Pillars of Creation,’ One of the Most Amazing Images of Our Universe

Pretty Scientific is a new Gizmodo series where we explore how the best images in science were created and why. Read More >>

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12 Incredible New Images of Galaxies and Nebulae from the Hubble Telescope

Look up to the sky with the unaided eye and you’ll see lots of specks and globs that look mostly like stars. On closer inspection, though, some of those dots refuse to resolve, smeared out on the night sky. Read More >>

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The Hubble Space Telescope Captured This Beautiful Image of Two Galaxies Merging

NASA and the European Space Agency’s Hubble Space Telescope has been in low Earth orbit for nearly 28 years, but with several repairs and upgrades over the decades it’s still sending back beautiful images. Just a few days ago, the ESA released this Hubble image of a pair of barred spiral galaxies some 350 million light years away in the process of merging, their two galactic nuclei still separated by a massive distance but throwing out clouds of hot gas and mid-formation stars. Read More >>

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Iconic Stellar Ring Much Stranger Than Previously Thought

You’re looking at an image of an enormous ring of debris, 237 light years away from Earth, orbiting a long-studied, young star called HR 4796A. While the bright white ring of debris may be the most visually striking part of the image, astronomers are more excited about what’s around it: the much larger, less-concentrated area of dust around it. Read More >>

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Take a Trip Through the Glorious Orion Nebula in This New 3D Visualisation

Travelling at close to the speed of light, this three-minute journey will take you through a distant stellar nursery where some of the Universe’s youngest stars are born. Read More >>

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This Is One of the Strangest Objects Ever Discovered in the Solar System

Is it an asteroid? A comet? Both? Observations by the Hubble Space Telescope are revealing new details about a strange binary asteroid that’s performing double-duty as a comet. It’s the first time scientists have ever seen such a thing. Read More >>

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These Stars Had the Messiest Divorce in the Galaxy

The marital feuds of strangers have long intrigued our degenerate species. It’s a timeless topic that keeps several magazines afloat, even if literally none of the details are true. But what most don’t know is that celebrities (and commoners) aren’t the only ones who get divorced—sometimes, actual stars do, too. Read More >>

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Watch This Star Tragically Die in a Fart Nebula

Perishing alone in space — in a gaseous cloud of stench — ranks pretty highly on the list of Terrible Ways to Die. Sadly, that was the fate of one unfortunate star trapped in the Calabash Nebula, nicknamed the “Rotten Egg Nebula” due to its high sulphur content. If you’ve ever smelled sulphur — or dog farts — you already understand the name. Read More >>

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Hubble Shows What’s in Store For the Incredible Voyager Probes

Launched in 1977, the Voyager space probes are further from Earth than any human-made object ever built. Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have charted a roadmap for the probes, revealing surprising details about their ongoing journey through interstellar space. Read More >>

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This Entire Galaxy is Being Ravaged By its Supermassive Black Hole

A stunning new image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope shows a galaxy that’s being strangled by tentacles of gas and dust. The strange and intricate shape of this celestial object is caused by a supermassive black hole at its core — and it’s killing the host. Read More >>

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These Deep Space Images Reveal a New Type of Galaxy

Hubble’s deep field images have provided the farthest glimpses we’ve ever had of galaxies in spaces. Combining those images with a new telescope view has revealed that there are even more galaxies there than we knew—including a mysterious, new type of galaxy. Read More >>