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  1. Space

    Some Really Bad Suggestions for the Newly Discovered Class of Star

    A Swiss team of astronomers has discovered a new class of star by studying open cluster NGC 3766 over the course of seven years from the Geneva Observatory. The study looked at more than 3,000 stars in the cluster, but it was the action of 36 of them that stood out as a new class. The class is yet to be given a name, so we've obviously come up with a bunch of dumb suggestions.

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  2. Space

    Is This the First Picture of IRL Tatooine?

    A team of astronomers in France believe they have captured the first direct image of a distant planet that orbits a pair of binary stars. It's probably not a lot like Luke's home planet of Tatooine, though, as the enormous object is a gaseous body more than 10 times the size of Jupiter, and leaving the scientists who captured the image still trying to figure out whether it's a huge planet or a tiny star.

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  3. Space

    You Can See Curiosity’s Tracks On Mars From Orbit

    See that newly formed set of tracks in Mars' Gale Crater? Those are the tracks left behind by the Curiosity rover, which can apparently be seen from orbit. Well, from orbit around Mars and with about a bazillion dollars worth of camera equipment, we mean. Still, it's pretty cool to see the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's latest shot of the rover's... rovings, I guess? It's good to know that there's a backup plan in place on the chance that NASA loses contact with the rover, even if being able to see where it's tracks suddenly end seems like a pretty low-tech solution to a potential problem. Keep reading for a bigger photo with more Mars goodness.

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  4. Space

    Space Telescopes Work Together to Find Largest Known Spiral Galaxy

    NASA and the European Southern Observatory have put their heads -- and their space telescope data -- together to produce this image of NGC 6872, the largest known spiral galaxy in the universe. The gargantuan galaxy measures more than half-a-million light years from end to end -- more than five times larger than our own Milky Way.

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  5. Space

    New European Space Observatory Telescope Snaps It’s First Image Of The Amazing Carina Nebula

    The astronomers and other fine folks at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) showed off the capabilities of their newest toy, the VLT Survey Telescope (VST) earlier this week, marking the official inauguration of the instrument with the release of an amazing new photo of the Carina Nebula.

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