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Near the Center of a Black Hole

5 months 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

5 months 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

5 months 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

5 months 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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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 ...

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In the Heart of the Rosette Nebula

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This photograph of the dazzling heart of the Rosette Nebula resembles "the heavens" in a painting from the age of romanticism. The bright cluster of stars--the NGC 2244--formed a few million years ago from surrounding gases, according to NASA.  From NASA's website: The above image taken in ...