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Camelopardalids and ISS

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2 months ago

Camping this summer? Keep your eye on the sky, because you may catch sight of a light show. From NASA: From a camp on the northern shores of the Great Lake Erie, three short bright meteor streaks were captured in this composited night skyscape. Recorded over the early morning hours of May ...

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A Ruptured Cometary Globule

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3 months ago

What do you see in this photograph? A Pac-Man with a tail gobbling up stars in the galaxy? NASA published this image of CG4, a ruptured cometary globule, which, in the Rorschach test of observing the heavens, it described as a "claw." More from NASA: The "claw" of this odd looking ...

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Inside the Flame Nebula

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3 months ago

Just 1,400 light-years away, among all the dust of a crowded star forming region, is the Flame Nebula. NASA released this image on Saturday, and explains on its site how the Chandra Observatory and Spitzer Space Telescope can "take you inside the glowing gas and obscuring dust clouds" of the region ...

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"Don’t be bored, make something."

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3 months ago

In the image above, Joey Hudy of Anthem, Arizona, shoots his "extreme marshmallow cannon" across the East Room of the White House during the 2012 White House Science Fair.  Joey handed President Obama a card with his personal credo: "Don’t be bored, make something." This is a message that Joey ...

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The Hamburger Galaxy

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The astronomers at NASA certainly enjoy their jobs, especially when they can give distant galaxies funny names. Today NASA released this photo of "the Hamburger Galaxy." It must have been named one day by a group of hungry astronomers just before lunch, because it's supposed to resemble a patty. Do ...

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Orange Sun Sparkling

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3 months ago

The Sun has been quite dramatic lately. This image was captured only two weeks ago by NASA. It shows the Sun's surface rippling with tumultuous activity, including the sunspots seen near the top and center of the image. NASA explains what's causing the excitement for the Sun, and therefore us ...

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A Map of Titan's Lakes

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There is only one place in our solar system with stable liquid lakes and seas on its surface, besides planet Earth. Saturn's moon Titan is this place, and the colorized map above shows Titan's bodies of methane and ethane in blue and black, still liquid at frigid surface temperatures of -180 ...