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This stunning image captures the clouds of the Milky Way and the glow of the rising moon framing an iconic lighthouse in Maine. Astrophotographer Jon Secord took this image from Pemaquid Lighthouse in Pemaquid, Maine on June 21. Read how he did it here:

Video: Zoom to the Milky Way’s center

Zoom in to the Milky Way’s center until you see a close-up view of objects orbiting the supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy.<p>This zoom …

Life beyond Earth seems 'inevitable', US planetary scientist says

Astronomers are standing on a 'great threshold' of space exploration, Dr Sara Seager says<p>Astronomers are standing on a "great threshold" of space exploration that could see evidence of extra-terrestrial life being discovered in the next 20 years, an expert has claimed. Life beyond the Earth seems …

Exploring our galaxy's dark side -- Clouds of gas and dust fill the space between the stars. Like giant puffs of smoke, these cosmic particles have a tendency to obscure objects from detection. But by using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, researchers can look through the clouds and see the heat radiated from distant stars, planets and even other galaxies. Since 2003, the telescope has utilized wavelengths in the infrared spectrum to uncover a hidden universe of never-before-seen places and phenomenon. Here are four mind-blowing images of the Milky Way taken by Spitzer. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Images courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech Writer: Izumi Hansen (@imiliarose) #space #nasagoddard #MilkyWay #clouds