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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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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 ...

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A Sunset Moonset

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This is not the sky over a Tolkien kingdom. This is an image captured over Brisbane, Australia of the Sun and Moon setting together on April 29th. This was the first solar eclipse of 2014, seen as a partial solar eclipse, according to NASA.  The dramatic image combines a series of photos taken ...

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Aurora Dog Over Alaska

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Last month, near Fairbanks, in central Alaska, John Chumack, an astrophotographer, captured this incredible shot while leading his annual aurora tour, according to NASA. What does the aurora look like to you? Look closely. Do you see a curly tail? A jumping dog? The 15-second exposure through a ...

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Hubble's Messier 5

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This appears to be a dazzling blanket made of diamonds. The Messier 5 globular star cluster has long impressed astronomers. From NASA: "Beautiful Nebula discovered between the Balance [Libra] & the Serpent [Serpens] ..." begins the description of the 5th entry in 18th century astronomer ...

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The El Gordo Massive Galaxy Cluster

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The galaxy cluster "El Gordo" has a funny name, but it certainly fits its description. From NASA:  It is bigger than a bread box. In fact, it is much bigger than all bread boxes put together. Galaxy cluster ACT-CL J0102-4915 is one of the largest and most massive objects known. Dubbed "El ...