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NASA's Kepler telescope identifies most Earth-like planet yet

Kepler passes the 1,000-planet milestone as hundreds of new candidates are identified<p>Scientists have identified eight new exoplanets, including one described as perhaps the "most Earth-like alien world." The far-away planets were spied by NASA's Kepler telescope, which has now identified more than …

Duryodhana has his say

has been told and retold for thousands of years. The epic has different versions to it, looking at the story from secondary characters such as Karna, …

Rare Black Sea Devil Caught on Film for the First Time

The anglerfish survived capture and is now being studied in a specially equipped laboratory.<p>With its gaping mouth, needle-sharp teeth, and slightly startled expression, the black sea devil anglerfish seems tailor-made for the spotlight.<p><b>And in fact, one particular female got her close-up on November</b> …

Bar-headed geese in India

A beautiful shot of bar-headed geese – one of the world’s highest flying birds – over a wetlands in India in November 2014. Photo by Abhinav …

APOD: The Seahorse of the Large Magellanic Cloud (2014 Nov 30) Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Livio (STScI) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141130.html Explanation: It may look like a grazing seahorse, but the dark object toward the image right is actually a pillar of smoky dust about 20 light years long. The curiously-shaped dust structure occurs in our neighboring Large Magellanic Cloud, in a star forming region very near the expansive Tarantula Nebula. The energetic nebula is creating a star cluster, NGC 2074, whose center is visible just off the top of the image in the direction of the neck of the seahorse. The representative color image was taken in 2008 by the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 in honor of Hubble's 100,000th trip around the Earth. As young stars in the cluster form, their light and winds will slowly erode the dust pillars away over the next million years. http://www.nasa.gov/ http://www.esa.int/ http://www.mariolivio.com/about-the-author/ http://www.stsci.edu/institute/ http://spacetelescope.org/ http://hubblesite.org/ Now Available: APOD 2015 Wall Calendars http://asterisk.apod.com/viewtopic.php?t=33730 Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=141130 #APOD