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Looking down the tube of the 107-inch telescope at McDonald Observatory, Texas. You can see the three bullet holes put in the primary mirror in 1970 by an employee suffering a breakdown. (Photo: Bill Keel)

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This Supernova Could Change Everything We Know About How Stars Explode

This is the aftermath of an exploding star (G299, by name) and it's undoubtedly beautiful. But what it also is is very, very strange — and it just might turn all that we know about how stars explode on its head. Why is it so uneven?

Get your stargaze and space knowledge on with StarDate from McDonald Observatory, The University of TX at Austin

October 23, 2007 The aftermath of the death of a massive star is shown in beautiful detail in this composite image of G292.0+1.8. In color is the Chandra X-ray Observatory image - easily the deepest X-ray image ever obtained of this supernova remnant - and in white is optical data from the Digitized Sky Survey. Although considered a "textbook" case of a supernova remnant, the intricate structure shown here reveals a few surprises.

The Pistol Star: A Brilliant Star in Milky Ways Core, Credit: Don F. Figer (UCLA) and NASA

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Follow the Dust to Find Planets

Researchers studying what appears to be a beefed-up version of our solar system have discovered that it is encased in a halo of fine dust. The findings are based on infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory, in which NASA is a partner.

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Releases Images of M-class Solar Flare

NASA Releases Images of M-class Solar Flare | NASA. Image Credit: NASA/SDO/Goddard Space Flight Center

Kepler's Supernova Remnant In Visible, X-Ray and Infrared Light. Image credit: NASA, ESA, R. Sankrit and W. Blair (Johns Hopkins University)

Algunas de las vistas más impresionantes del Universo son creadas por las nebulosas, nubes de gas caliente y brillantes. Esta nueva imagen del telescopio espacial Hubble de la NASA / ESA muestra el centro de la Nebulosa de la Laguna. Crédito de la imagen: NASA, ESA, J. Trauger (Jet Propulson Laboratorio)

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Unprecedented X-ray View of Supernova Remains

Unprecedented X-ray View of Supernova Remains | NASA

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Photo: Hubble telescope spots ‘UFO galaxy’

Hubble images- Nicknamed image as "The Eye of God", it's actually a nebula.

Two teams of astronomers have discovered the largest and farthest reservoir of water ever detected in the universe. The water, equivalent to 140 trillion times all the water in the world's ocean, surrounds a huge, feeding black hole, called a quasar, more than 12 billion light-years away.

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Hubble Cone Nebula Photo

This photo from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows an ominous pillar of gas and dust known as the Cone Nebula. The image shows the top portion of the nebula that is 2.5 light years in height. The Cone Nebula is 2,500 light-years from Earth in the Monoceros constellation. The red halo of light seen around the pillar is caused when ultraviolet radiation causes hydrogen gas in the nebula to glow.

A perfect 10 for the Hubble Space Telescope! This once-in-a-lifetime image shows a pair of gravitationally interacting galaxies called Arp 147. The galaxy on the left, or the "one", is relatively undisturbed, whereas the galaxy on the right, or the "zero", is a messy ring of intense star formation. Image credit: NASA, ESA and M. Livio (STScI)

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PHOTOS: Spectacular Photos Of Space, Courtesy NASA

This is the remnant of "Tycho's Supernova", a huge ball of expanding plasma. The outer shell shown in blue is X-ray emission by high-speed electrons. I can't get over how beautiful this is.