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Manhattanhenge

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18 days ago

Neil deGrasse Tyson snapped this photograph of the Mahattanhenge, an event that occurs twice a year when the city's grid takes on the special effects of Stonehenge. This Saturday, if you're in New York, catch the sun's light flood the city as it sets. NASA explains: This coming Saturday ...

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Near the Center of a Black Hole

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21 days ago

A black hole has never been seen directly. There are always clear indicators of a black hole at work. For instance, this image released by NASA shows a swirling whirlpool of hot gas.  NASA explains: Studies of the bright light emitted by the swirling gas frequently indicate not only that a ...

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Orion Nebula in Surrounding Dust

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22 days ago

Dust surrounds the Orion Nebula, a hotbed of star formation some 1,600 light years away. Who knew dust could be this beautiful? The "intricate and picturesque filaments of dust," as NASA describes it, covers the entire Orion field. NASA explains: Opaque to visible light, dust is created in ...

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Wolf-Rayet Star 124

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24 days ago

Think a star explosion is always a pyrotechnic show far superior than all the 4th of July fireworks put together? Some stars actually explode in slow motion. NASA captured one such bizarre display as a massive, hot, and tumultuous Wolf-Rayet star slowly disintegrates. NASA has more ...

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Einstein's Last Desk

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27 days ago

Albert Einstein passed away on April 18, 1955. A photographer from LIFE snapped his desk at Princeton hours after Einstein had died. Einstein gave new meaning to the saying, cluttered desk, cluttered mind. Perhaps genius requires a little disorder. 

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Reflecting Dust Clouds

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28 days ago

These dazzling cosmic waves of blue with dark crests can be found in the constellation Orion. They are the product of M78 and other bright reflection nebula. NASA explains their glow: The dark filamentary dust not only absorbs light, but also reflects the light of several bright blue stars ...