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Every City Deserves Space Murals This Gorgeous

Space, the final frontier… for street art. No, we're not quite ready to tag the International Space Station, but a pair of artists in San Francisco is working on bring space down to Earth with a series of murals depicting everything from constellations to nebulae. Read More >>

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SETI Man Thinks We'll Find Aliens Within 20 Years

One of the key men behind the SETI project thinks that advances in processing power means we're likely to find concrete evidence of alien life within the next 20 years, which will certainly give the Pope something interesting to tweet about. Read More >>

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Scientists Discover Water in Stardust and it Suggests We're Not Alone

Stardust sounds magical enough as it is, but now scientists have for the first time observed that it contains water—which, in turn, could suggest that life is universal. Read More >>

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Get All Starry-Eyed With This Indestructible Tyvek Constellation Map

I am useless when it comes to constellations; identifying Orion's Belt and the Dippers (Big and Little) is about as deep as my skills go when it comes to eyeballing the heavens. This Crumpled Sky Map by Palomar seems like it would be an awesome tool to help me and my fellow heavens-blind folk educate ourselves in the ways of the cosmos. Read More >>

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Gemini's First Image Shows a Planet Orbiting a Star 63 Light Years Away

It might not be much to look at, but this image is insanely exciting. You're looking at the first ever image of a planet, orbiting a star, over 63 light years from Earth.
Acquired by the world's most powerful planet-hunting instrument, the Gemini Planet Imager, it shows a 10-million-year-old planet, Beta Pictorus b, orbiting its giant parent star Beta Pictorus. It's the first such image to come from Gemini, which has been under development for over a decade but is only now producing data like this. Read More >>

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Astronomers Figured Out How to Weigh Entire Planets Using Starlight

Weighing a planet is a tough task. It's not like you can just put them on a bathroom scale. And, while astronomers figured out how to measure the mass of planets in our solar system a long time ago, it's practically impossible to weigh exoplanets. Well, it was until recently. Read More >>

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Whoa, These Sci-Fi Laser Shooting Telescopes Are Gloriously Real

Observatories don't just gaze into the endless starry abyss above our heads; sometimes that's not enough. Sometimes they shoot righteous 40 watt lasers into the great beyond too. Obviously it looks awesome, and this stellar timelapse showcases exactly how awesome. (Spoilers: very awesome.) Read More >>

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The Eagle Nebula Couldn't Look Cooler

That top image is pretty, but the only way to see this incredible combination of dust and gas is to take in the whole image below. Holy crap, right? This picture, which was created in 2005 using Hubble data and digitally assigned colors, shows the Eagle Nebula surrounded by and intertwined with dust pillars that are slowly being shaped by light and cosmic wind. Read More >>

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This Celestial Caterpillar May Not Become A Stellar Butterfly

IRAS 20324+4057 is a mouthful, and it's about 4,500 light years away, but it's also a star on the move. It's expanding to form a new star, but it's unclear how massive that new star will be. "Energetic" wind and light is displacing a lot of the gas and dust that would normally go into the "protostar." Read More >>

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Zoom in on the Birth of a Star from Thousands of Light Years Away

About 1,400 light years from Earth in the constellation of Vela, a new star is being born in a burst of violent glory. Streams of carbon monoxide molecules are spewing from the star's poles, as dust swirls around the entire event. Thank God somebody got the whole event on camera. Read More >>

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Two Galaxies In A Space Collision

Collisions happen on different scales. Particles collide. Squirrels accidentally run into each other. Rams butt heads. Tectonic plates shift against each other. There's a lot going on. But in this photo a dwarf galaxy and spiral galaxy are smooshing into each other. And galaxies are kind of huge. Read More >>

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If You Don't Live For Billions of Years You're Gonna Miss Out

The average human lifespan is a lot longer than it used to be. But we're barely into triple digits here and if we individually want to see anything awesome we're gonna have to stick around for a few degrees of magnitude longer. That immortality thing or whatever. Why haven't we done that again? Read More >>

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These Portraits Are Made From Hubble Images (and Yours Can Be, too)

These striking images might only just look like faces — but that's OK, because they're made up of images acquired by the Hubble space telescope. Read More >>

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The Sun Will Look A Lot Like This When It Burns Out

In about a billion years the Sun will be too hot and bright for water to exist on Earth. We will probably mosey on at that point or perish. But if we're still alive and somewhere in the neighbourhood when the Sun runs out of hydrogen and becomes a red giant we can observe it looking something like this. Read More >>

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Barns Are Red Because of How Stars Explode

We all know that barns are usually red. But why? Well, the answer is a little more complicated than you might think, but basically it's because of nuclear fusion.
Googler Yonatan Zunger took the time to explain the whole thing in great detail on Google+, and the train of thought goes a little something like this: Read More >>

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Hey Look We Found Tatooine In Real Life

French astronomers think they found Tatooine in real life and we didn't even have to travel to a galaxy far, far away (well, it's still kind of far). The fictional home of Luke Skywalker is called 2MASS0103(AB)b in real life and it revolves around two suns that move relatively close together. Basically, this planet is in the binary star system just like Tatooine. Read More >>

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