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This stunning image reveals the Cone Nebula (NGC 2264), which consists of a glowing cloud of ionized gas excited by the surrounding hot, massive young blue stars. Strong winds of particles blow from these stars, shaping the residual gas left from a spent star formation region, creating these structures with striking appearances.

The spectacular swirling arms and central bar of the Sculptor galaxy are revealed in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Wallpaper download options available here: Also known as NGC 253, the Sculptor galaxy is part of a cluster of galaxies visible to observers in the Southern hemisphere.

Andromeda Galaxy

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Humid, summer weather didn't burst veteran astrophotographer Terry Hancock's ( cosmic bubble when he spent three nights capturing this beautiful image of NGC 7635, also known as the Bubble Nebula. 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.

The dazzling pink spiral of the Pinwheel Galaxy shines in this stunning new image by space photographer John Chumack ( Find out how Chumack captured the Pinwheel Galaxy, also known as M33 or the Triangulum Galaxy.

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WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

10 Years of Mesmerizing Photos From NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope | WIRED

For 10 years, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has been helping scientists on Earth learn more about the mysterious objects hiding in our star-studded …

A Year of Incredible Space Photos: Royal Observatory’s Winning Images | WIRED

It's time once again to "Ooh" and "Ahh" at some of the best images of the night sky taken by amateur astronomers around the world. The Royal …

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Stephen Hawking's big ideas ... made simple - video animation

No time to read Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time? In just two and a half minutes, Alok Jha explains why black holes are doomed to shrink into nothingness then explode with the energy of a million nuclear bombs, and rewinds to the big bang and the origin of the universe<p>• See more 'made …

Can a human being live longer than 120 years?

A human cell can divide roughly 50 times before it dies out. It's called the Hayflick limit, and it's become a real headache for the anti-aging science. As long as the limit holds, it suggests a maximum human lifespan of 120 years — but a new crop of research suggests the limit may not be as hard …

The Big Bang May Not Have Spawned The Universe After All

Our universe might actually be the result of the collapse of a four-dimensional star.<p>According to a new paper posted on Arxiv, the Big Bang may not have been what we think it is. In fact, there may have been no Big Bang at all--our universe may have come from an entirely different source.<p>The Big …

The Galaxy's Core Is About to Explode

The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy will soon consume a blob of gas and begin to radiate energy at a tremendous rate.


Daytime moon, west after sunrise

In the next few mornings, look west after sunrise for the daytime moon. The September 5-6, 2017 full moon has passed. Now the moon is in a waning …

8 Of The Prettiest Space Photos Of The Year

The Royal Greenwich Observatory's Astronomy Photographer of the Year winners are on display now in London. Time to drop whatever it was you were doing and look at some star porn.<p>The winners of the fifth annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year awards from the Royal Observatory Greenwich have just …

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Has science gone too far?

Has science gone too far?