Space (and other related crazy stuff)


Space (and other related crazy stuff)

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We're heading straight into a galaxy crash ... in 4 billion years! Astronomers confirm Milky Way and Andromeda are on long-term collision course. After their first close pass, the Andromeda Galaxy as well as the Milky Way would be tidally stretched out, as shown in this artist's conception.

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Images of asteroid Vesta taken with spacecraft Dawn's framing camera. Many of the images were taken at different viewing angles to provide stereo for use in determining the topography. Other images were taken through special infrared and visible light filters in the camera. These infrared and visible light images have been combined and represented in colors that highlight the nature of the minerals on Vesta's surface. Green shows the amount of iron.

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Wonders of the world at night “Startrails Over Dolomites” by German astrophotographer Christoph Otawa won second-place honors in the "Beauty of the Night Sky" category of the 2012 "Earth & Sky" contest. The annual contest, presented by The World at Night, highlights images that blend earthly landscapes and night-sky vistas

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Watching the Milky Way The antennas of the European Southern Observatory's Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array, also known as ALMA, are set against the splendor of the Milky Way in this picture by Babak Tafreshi. Construction of the full ALMA array is due to be completed in Chile's Atacama Desert in 2013, but the facility is already making scientific observations with a partial array of antennas.

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Traces of Martian water An image from the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter, released on May 4, shows channels cut into the terrain of Acidalia Planitia and Tempe Terra on the Red Planet. The channels serve as strong evidence for the existence of water in Mars’ past.

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Saturn and Dione This wide-angle view from NASA's Cassini probe shows the Saturnian moon Dione set against the giant planet's disk and rings on May 2. Dark shadows from the edge-on rings fall on Saturn's cloud tops in this color composite view, assembled by the Planetary Society's Emily Lakdawalla. (Emily Lakdawalla / NASA / JPL / SSI)

NASA video reveals asteroid Vesta's complex surface

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Observers at ESTEC witness a spectacular event during the Venus transit - an airplane joined the planet in front of the Sun for a few fractions of a second. The image shows a still frame taken from a video recording of the Sun at 07h59m09s.

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