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NASA's Hubble Telescope Witnesses Asteroid's Mysterious Disintegration

[image-36]<p>NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has recorded the never-before-seen break-up of an asteroid into as many as 10 smaller pieces.<p>Fragile comets, …

As seen on #Cosmos: We now know that comets are leftovers fro…

As seen on #Cosmos: We now know that comets are leftovers from the dawn of our solar system around 4.6 billion years ago, and consist mostly of ice coated with dark organic material. They have been referred to as "dirty snowballs." They may yield important clues about the formation of our solar system. Comets may have brought water and organic compounds, the building blocks of life, to the early Earth and other parts of the solar system.<p>As theorized by astronomer Gerard Kuiper in 1951, a …

As seen on #Cosmos: The next major cosmic event to affect our…

As seen on #Cosmos: The next major cosmic event to affect our galaxy, sun, and solar system: the titanic collision of our Milky Way galaxy with the neighboring Andromeda galaxy. The Milky Way is destined to get a major makeover during the encounter, which is predicted to happen four billion years from now. It is likely the sun will be flung into a new region of our galaxy, but our Earth and solar system are in no danger of being destroyed.<p>This illustration shows a stage in the predicted merger …

The Search for Seeds of Black Holes

How does one grow supermassive black holes? A new study using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has turned up what might be …

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Our Hubble Space Telescope image captures Mars-bound comet…

Our Hubble Space Telescope image captures Mars-bound comet sprouting multiple jets! On Oct. 19, the comet will pass within 84,000 miles of Mars -- less than half the distance between Earth and our moon.<p>The image on the left, captured March 11 by Hubble, shows comet C/2013 A1, also called Siding Spring, at a distance of 353 million miles from Earth. Hubble can't see Siding Spring's icy nucleus because of its diminutive size. The nucleus is surrounded by a glowing dust cloud, or COMA, that …

The Truth about “Heaven’s Trail”, the Infamous Photo That…

<b>The Truth about “Heaven’s Trail”, the Infamous Photo That Captured the Imagination of Millions</b> ... <i>Oddity Central</i> -- "eaven’s Trail is a breathtaking photograph that went viral almost the moment it was published online a couple of years ago. Like most good things on the internet, the original source was soon lost; no one had any idea where the picture was clicked, or even if it was real.<p>One explanation on the internet was: “There’s this place in Ireland where every two years, the stars line up …

Galaxy clusters are so huge that their gravity can bend light…

Galaxy clusters are so huge that their gravity can bend light! Clusters are some of the most massive structures that can be found in the Universe — large groups of galaxies bound together by gravity. This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope reveals one of these clusters, known as MACS J0454.1-0300. Each of the bright spots seen here is a galaxy, and each is home to many millions, or even billions, of stars.<p>Astronomers have determined the mass of these clusters to be around 180 …

Seeds of Monster Black Holes Were Surprisingly Big

The gigantic black holes that lurk at the hearts of galaxies were apparently born big.<p>The central black holes in dwarf galaxies — the "seeds" that …

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Astrophotographer Chuck Manges of Hooversville, Pa., took this amazing photo of the Seven Sisters, aka the Pleiades star cluster. See how he did it …

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