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  1. Space

    NASA Scientists Use Photons from the Sun to Balance Kepler Space Telescope, Because Science is Amazing

    It's expensive to get a new telescope into space to search for alien worlds, so NASA scientists have come up with an ingenious way to reactivate the defunct Kepler space telescope. It's been unable to properly aim its field of vision after losing too many of its stabilizing gyroscopes, but it will now balance itself against photon energy from the sun.

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  2. Space

    SETI Researcher Discovers New 14th Moon of Neptune

    As we discover more and more amazing features of space -- like mind-bogglingly massive baby stars and exoplanets that could one day be a new cradle for humanity -- it's worth remembering that we still have plenty of things to learn about our own little corner of the cosmos. The face of our solar system got a new wrinkle this week when NASA announced the discovery of a new moon in orbit around Neptune. The tiny satellite -- just 12 miles across --  is the fourteenth to be found orbiting the icy outer planet.

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  3. Space

    Hubble Discovers Evidence of Planet Forming 7.5 Billion Miles Away From Its Own Star

    Big Bang aside, most of us non-scientists tend to not to think for very long about how exactly it is that planets are formed nowadays. Well, I certainly don't, at least, because most of the time I'm too busy deciding what food I want to eat at any given moment. But thank God for the Hubble Telescope, through which astronomers have found compelling evidence of a planet forming billions of miles away from its star. Even cooler, this might serve to completely change all of the current theories about planet reformation. 

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  4. Space

    Ring Nebula Apparently Less Like a Bagel, More Like a Jelly Doughnut

    You've no doubt seen images of the Ring Nebula before on college textbooks and astronomy websites. After all, it's so pretty looking! Astronomers have long theorized that the gas emitting from this dying star gives it a rounded, hollow shape like a bagel or a ring, but new images captured by the Hubble Telescope reveal that the Ring Nebula is actually denser in the middle than previously thought.

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  5. Space

    New Image of Orion Nebula Makes Us Want to Go to There

    The Orion Nebula is a massive cloud of gas and particles out in space, and like most things out in space it is stunningly beautiful. Just look at it in this new image pieced together from photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. There is some heavy image editing going on here to highlight different features and types of gas, but that doesn't make this astrophotograph any less gorgeous.

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  6. Space

    NASA and ESA Think This Distorted Galaxy Looks Like a Space Invader

    Personally, I think it looks more like Black Manta's helmet than a Space Invader, but this image of a spiral galaxy taken with the Hubble Space Telescope sure looks like something other than a spiral galaxy. That's because the light from the "Space Invader" galaxy is being bent around a galaxy cluster called Abell 68. The process by which this happens helps astronomers see much further into deep space, but often results in distortions, though this is the first time it's resulted in a video game reference that we know of.

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  7. Space

    The View From The Blue Dot: The Best Space Pictures of 2012

    2012 is over, and it was a pretty great year for all sorts of entertainment, as we pointed out earlier today. Sometimes, though, we're in a more ruminative mood, and in those moments, we like nothing more than looking at pictures of space, wishing and hoping that one day, we'll even get to visit. Until then, though, photos will have to do -- it turns out that 2012 was one heck of a year for those, too, though. We welcome you to 2013 with a retrospective of the best images of some of our new favorite places in the universe that last year had to offer, courtesy of the Hubble Space Telescope, Cassini probe, International Space Station, and more. Have a very happy new year, everyone, and be sure to check back with us for the best images from space from 2013 -- we couldn't be more excited to bring them to you as they happen.

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  8. Space

    Hubble Offers Stunning Image Of Supernova Factory NGC 1097

    One of the most impressive things about the Hubble Space Telescope is the insight it has offered astronomers and physicists on the varieties of galactic design. The telescope has spotted elliptical and spiral galaxies; bulging, thick galaxies and galaxies so thing they are nearly two-dimensional; galaxies that are actively forming brand new stars and even galaxies where old stars are going supernova like firecrackers on a cosmic string. Pictured above, NGC 1097 is the last kind of galaxy, a nova factory that has seen at least three stars explode in just the last few years that researchers have had it under observation.

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  9. Space

    Hubble Eyes Slivery, Razor-Thin Galaxy

    As a special Christmas gift to those of us who are still watching the skies on federally mandated holidays, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has snapped this great photo of galaxy IC 2233, one of the flattest galaxies known to astronomers. Where most spiral galaxies have a thick bulge of material towards their center, IC 2233 is instead a super-thin galaxy, looking almost like a flat plane of stars when viewed from the side.

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  10. Space

    Hubble Releases Cheery Holiday Snapshot of ‘Christmas Ornament’ Nebula

    It's the time of year when even the normally staid scientists at NASA get into the holiday spirit. Last year, the space agency's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer imaged a cosmic christmas wreath for the holiday season. Not be outdone, the venerable Hubble Space Telescope is getting in on the action this year, offering up a dose of holiday cheer in the form of this image of NGC 5189, a nebula that -- if you're brimming over with holiday cheer or just squinting a little -- resembles a very merry Christmas ornament wrapped in a festive ribbon. You can take a trip through the cosmos to zoom in on the nebula just like the Hubble did in the short video below.

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  11. Space

    Hubble Telescope Discovers Seven Galaxies From The Dawn Of The Universe

    The Ultra Deep Field project of  Hubble Space Telescope just keeps making discoveries. Last month, it was the most distant galaxy in the universe, while today it is the discovery of no less than seven primitive galaxies that researchers think date back to the dawn of the universe itself. Which makes them, for those of you playing at home, pretty darn old.

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    Far Away Places Don’t Seem So Far Away Thanks to Brilliant Machines

    We meager humans are now capable of travelling great distances or viewing a great many things once considered out of reach. From the deepest regions of space, to landing rovers on Mars, the brilliant machines we've created only continue to get faster, better, and more thorough. Thanks to these advances, we're able to spot a good many details of our galaxy that have gone previously unnoticed or unexplored, and we've collected some of our favorite recent space exploration news for your perusal. Hit the jump to check them all out!

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  13. Space

    Keep Watching The Skies: You Can Help Find Star Clusters In The Andromeda Galaxy

    We suspect a lot of you kind of enjoy looking at pictures of space on the Internet. That's a reasonable thing to enjoy, and if you do, we've got a project for you that's more enjoyable than whatever you're doing at work and also offers a helping hand to further scientific research. A group of astronomers from the University of Washington, University of Utah, and several other institutions wants your help identifying star clusters in the Andromeda galaxy in your spare time using their new database -- The Andromeda Project.

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  14. Space

    Astronomers Measure Black Hole With Mass of 17 Billion Suns

    Back holes are pretty massive as a rule, but this one in galaxy NGC 1277 might be the most massive one ever measured. Astronomers at the McDonald Observatory at the University of Texas have measured a super-sized black hole with a mass equal to 17 billion Suns. The black hole takes up a never-before-seen percentage of the galaxy's total mass, and gives us all a new gold standard against which to compare a friend's mother when telling "yo momma" jokes.

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  15. Space

    Hubble Finds New Most Distant Object, Reminds Us the Universe is Still Enormous

    The Universe is crazy big, everybody. How big? So big that the Hubble Telescope just found a new candidate for the title of Most Distant Object in the Universe. That object is MACS0647-JD, a galaxy far, far away. It's so far away from us, in fact,  that we can't even measure the distance in lightyears. Instead, we have to measure it in redshift, and this galaxy's redshift goes all the way up to 11.

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