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Astrophotographer Jeffrey P. Nunnari sent in his photos of nebulas M42 and M43. Photos undated and location unspecified.

Astrophotographer Jeffrey P. Nunnari sent in his photos of nebulas M42 and M43. Photos undated and location unspecified.

It's time to accept reality: Comet ISON is dead. Comet ISON broke apart during its highly anticipated solar flyby on Nov. 28, emerging from behind the sun as a diffuse cloud of dust that has since all but dissipated in the darkness of deep space, scientists say.[Full Story:  RIP Comet ISON: Scientists Declare Famous 'Sungrazer' Dead After Sun Encounter]

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It's time to accept reality: Comet ISON is dead. Comet ISON broke apart during its highly anticipated solar flyby on Nov. 28, emerging from behind the sun as a diffuse cloud of dust that has since all but dissipated in the darkness of deep space, scientists say.[Full Story: RIP Comet ISON: Scientists Declare Famous 'Sungrazer' Dead After Sun Encounter]

Comet ISON has "dramatically brightened" to the point of being visible to the naked eye as this month's climactic encounter with the sun approaches. Go here to find out how best to get a look: http://nbcnews.to/1aHwfpc (Photo: Mike Hankey / MikesAstroPhotos.com)

Comet ISON has "dramatically brightened" to the point of being visible to the naked eye as this month's climactic encounter with the sun approaches. Go here to find out how best to get a look: http://nbcnews.to/1aHwfpc (Photo: Mike Hankey / MikesAstroPhotos.com)

Near the outskirts of the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy some 200 thousand light-years distant, lies 5 million year young star cluster NGC 602. Surrounded by natal gas & dust, NGC 602 is about 200 light-years in diameter. Glowing interior ridges & swept back shapes strongly suggest that energetic radiation & shock waves from NGC 602's massive young stars have eroded the dusty material & triggered a progression of star formation moving away from the cluster's center. NASA…

Near the outskirts of the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy some 200 thousand light-years distant, lies 5 million year young star cluster NGC 602. Surrounded by natal gas & dust, NGC 602 is about 200 light-years in diameter. Glowing interior ridges & swept back shapes strongly suggest that energetic radiation & shock waves from NGC 602's massive young stars have eroded the dusty material & triggered a progression of star formation moving away from the cluster's center. NASA…

Astrophotographer Kevin Palmer sent in a intriguing photo of fireflies beneath the night sky of Weinberg King State Park, IL, taken at the beginning of July 2013.

Astrophotographer Kevin Palmer sent in a intriguing photo of fireflies beneath the night sky of Weinberg King State Park, IL, taken at the beginning of July 2013.

Ghost-Like Nebula Revealed in Haunting Space Photo - The ghost-like nebula, IRAS 05437+2502, includes a small star-forming region filled with dark dust.  Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble, R. Sahai (JPL)

Ghost-Like Nebula Revealed in Haunting Space Photo - The ghost-like nebula, IRAS 05437+2502, includes a small star-forming region filled with dark dust. Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble, R. Sahai (JPL)

STARGAZING DUO CAPTURES SPECTACULAR NEBULA'S SHINING IN CASSIOPEIA Two nebula's beam from the constellation Cassiopeia in this spectacular image captured by veteran stargazers

STARGAZING DUO CAPTURES SPECTACULAR NEBULA'S SHINING IN CASSIOPEIA Two nebula's beam from the constellation Cassiopeia in this spectacular image captured by veteran stargazers

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