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Lift off! -- An Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket is seen as it launches from Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Thursday, January 9, 2014, Wallops Island, VA. Antares is carrying the Cygnus spacecraft on a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. The Orbital-1 mission is Orbital Sciences' first contracted cargo delivery flight to the space station for NASA. Cygnus is carrying science experiments, crew provisions, spare parts and other hardware to the space station. This image was captured by Brian Schallhorn across Oyster Bay, Temperanceville, VA. Credit: Flickr/brianschallhorn #Orb1 #rocket #launch #ISS

Newfound planet is Earth-mass but gassy

An international team of astronomers has discovered the first Earth-mass planet that transits, or crosses in front of, its host star. KOI-314c is the …

This star is about to explode

SWB1 is approaching supernova<p>In the inky blackness of deep space, 25,000 light years from Earth, the blue supergiant [SBW2007]-1 is churning with …

The Atlantic Photo

The iconic Horsehead and Flame nebulas paint the night sky in this beautiful image recently sent to SPACE.com. How did amateur astrophotographer David Ellison capture this image from his backyard in Chattanooga, Tenn.? http://oak.ctx.ly/r/laou

2013 December 31 - The Horsehead Nebula

<b>The Horsehead Nebula</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> John Chumack<p><b>Explanation:</b> The Horsehead Nebula is one of the most famous nebulae on the sky. It is …

Cosmology

Anyone up for a short stack today? Hubble Eyes Galaxy as Flat as a Pancake Located some 25 million light-years away, this new Hubble image shows spiral galaxy ESO 373-8. Together with at least seven of its galactic neighbors, this galaxy is a member of the NGC 2997 group. We see it side-on as a thin, glittering streak across the sky, with all its contents neatly aligned in the same plane. We see so many galaxies like this — flat, stretched-out pancakes — that our brains barely process their shape. But let us stop and ask: Why are galaxies stretched out and aligned like this? Try spinning around in your chair with your legs and arms out. Slowly pull your legs and arms inwards, and tuck them in against your body. Notice anything? You should have started spinning faster. This effect is due to conservation of angular momentum, and it’s true for galaxies, too. This galaxy began life as a humungous ball of slowly rotating gas. Collapsing in upon itself, it spun faster and faster until, like pizza dough spinning and stretching in the air, a disc started to form. Anything that bobbed up and down through this disk was pulled back in line with this motion, creating a streamlined shape. Angular momentum is always conserved — from a spinning galactic disk 25 million light-years away from us, to any astronomer, or astronomer-wannabe, spinning in an office chair. Credit: NASA #nasagoddard #space #galaxy #pancake

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