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Astrophotographer Göran Strand (www.astrofotografen.se) sent in this stunning photo of solar prominences taken on Sept. 4, 2013, from Östersund, Sweden. See more photos from September 2013: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/bkb4 The image of Earth added for scale.

Humid, summer weather didn't burst veteran astrophotographer Terry Hancock's (www.flickr.com/photos/terryhancock/) cosmic bubble when he spent three nights capturing this beautiful image of NGC 7635, also known as the Bubble Nebula. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/bnmu Hancock took the photo from Down Under Observatory in Fremont, Mich. after 11 hours of exposure time on the nights of Aug. 15, 16 and 18.

Astrophotographer Jerry Payne sent in this mesmerizing photo of star trails reflected in water covering the Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover, Nevada. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/bid2 “The photo consists of a about 2 hours worth of 30-second exposures summed using Startrails.exe software ... This area of the salt flats was covered with a thin layer of water, from either snow-melt or a recent storm," wrote Payne in an email.

This spectacular image features spiral galaxy IC 2560, which lies over 110 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Antlia (The Air Pump). http://oak.ctx.ly/r/bqtf Astronomers call this spiral a Seyfert-2 galaxy, a kind of spiral galaxy characterised by an extremely bright nucleus.

Astrophotographer John Chumack (www.galacticimages.com) sent in this amazing photo of the Milky Way, taken in western Iowa, August 31, 2013. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/bhtv The bright star Vega stands out at top center. He writes that he eagerly took the photo as a favor for friends who just had a baby named Vega, saying, " ... may 'Vega' always look to the heavens!"

The dazzling pink spiral of the Pinwheel Galaxy shines in this stunning new image by space photographer John Chumack (www.galacticimages.com). Find out how Chumack captured the Pinwheel Galaxy, also known as M33 or the Triangulum Galaxy. http://www.space.com/22720-pink-pinwheel-galaxy-stargazer-photo.html?cmpid=514630

The northern lights dance in stunning hues as they light up the night sky over Oulunsalo, Finland in this captivating night sky photo by photographer Thomas Kast Salamapaja, taken on August 31. http://www.space.com/22689-northern-lights-over-finland-photo.html?cmpid=514630

NASA's well-traveled Deep Impact spacecraft, which slammed a probe into one comet and then flew by another, may be drifting out of control in deep space and starving for power. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/bz9m This image of Comet Tempel 1 was taken by NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft on July 4, 2005, 67 seconds after a probe crashed into the comet.

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has made its longest Martian drive yet as it trucks along on the Red Planet. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/byjr During the long drive, Curiosity traversed 464 feet (141.5 meters) to the top of Panorama Point where it took photos of the pale outcrop that is Waypoint 1.

NASA Making Voyager Spacecraft Announcement Today: Watch It Live

<b>Editor's Note:</b> The news is out, NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has left the solar system and has entered interstellar space. It's Official! Voyager 1 …

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Space fans, rejoice! NASA is extending its social media reach by launching a new Instagram account, giving people the chance to share out-of-this-world photos on the go, according to agency officials. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/c0z8 This image taken July 20, 1969 from NASA's Apollo 11 lunar landing mission shows the Earth rising over the limb of the moon, and was among NASA's first posts on the social photo-sharing service Instagram.

The Earth's moon may be a present from Venus, which once had a moon and then lost it, a new theory suggests. Under the theory, Earth's gravity captured Venus' old moon, giving our planet its big natural satellite, which contrasts the thinking of the vast majority of moon researchers. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/ddg3 This illustration shows the still-molten moon just after its formation about 4.5 billion years ago.

Stargazer Jason Brownlee sent in this beautiful photo of the Milky Way taken on Sept. 9, 2013, from Broken Top Mountain in the central Oregon Cascade Mountains. See more amazing night sky photos from September 2013: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/debb

Frogs in space: NASA snaps the ultimate photobomb

These frog legs were served extra-crispy.<p>A still camera on a sound trigger captured this intriguing photo of an airborne frog leaping for his life as NASA's LADEE spacecraft lifts off from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.<p>In a caption listed along with the photo on NASA’s Instagram page, the …