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Week’s Best Space Pictures: Titan Winks, Rover Strikes, and Suns Burn

Infant stars illuminate, a rover drills, and tragedies scar our own planet.<p>This May 7 peek by not one but two NASA space telescopes lays bare secrets hidden in the heart of the Flame Nebula. There a stellar nursery, the star cluster NGC 2024, has older stars (some 1.5 million years old) around its …

Rare Megamouth Shark Caught Off Japan’s Coast

Wildlife<p>Fishers recently captured a rare megamouth shark, similar to the one depicted in the image above, off the coast of Japan. Photograph by Natural History Museum and Institute/Reuters<p><b>It’s been a banner month for rare shark sightings. Last week a fisher off the coast of Florida caught the</b> …

Fossil Galaxy Provides a Window Into the Early Universe

The dwarf galaxy Segue 1 has remained largely unchanged for billions of years.<p>A tiny galaxy lying just beyond the edge of the Milky Way has failed to evolve normally over the last several billion years, say astronomers, and it represents a sample of the universe as it was in its infancy, around 13 …