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What do you get when you heat gas above 3 million degrees Celcius? High-energy X-rays, of course -- just the kind that NuSTAR was launched to detect!

An X1.6 class solar flare flashes in the middle of the sun in this image taken September 10, 2014, in this image courtesy of NASA. REUTERS/NASA/SDO/Handout

Double solar storms headed to Earth raise disruption concerns

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Tycho Crater on the Moon from telescope space-pics.tumblr...

A Portrait of R136 The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a panoramic portrait of a vast, sculpted landscape of gas and dust where thousands of stars are being born... Credit: NASA/ESA, N. Walborn and J. Mamz-Apellaniz ( Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD), R. Barba (La Plata Observatory, La Plata, Argentina)

A Portrait of R136

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This image shows two views of the trailing hemisphere of Jupiter's ice-covered satellite, Europa. The left image shows the approximate natural ... Credit: NASA/JPL/DLR

Evidence of 'diving' tectonic plates on Jupiter's moon Europa

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A few days ago, NASA captured this image of a lunar transit, which occurs when the moon crosses between the Solar Dynamics Observatory and the sun.

NASA's SDO Observes a Lunar Transit

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ESA / Rosetta / MPS for OSIRIS-Team MPS / UPD / LAM / IAA / SSO / INTA / UPM / DASP / IDA OSIRIS image of Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken upon arrival (detail 2)

First signal received upon @ESA_Rosetta 's arrival at #Comet #67P as seen in #ESOC's Main Control Room Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko

The extraterrestrial robot rolls 25 miles across the Red Planet, breaking a more than 40-year-old record for off-Earth mileage. | via c|net

Mars rover Opportunity breaks record for miles roamed - CNET

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This spacesuit, A-7L, was worn by astronaut Neil Armstrong, Commander of the Apollo 11 mission, which landed the first man on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

This new global geologic map of Mars depicts the most thorough representation of the Red Planet surface. This map provides a framework for continued scientific investigation of Mars as the long-range target for human space exploration. Credit: USGS

New Mars Map Is the Best Ever Made (Image, Video)

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This new global geologic map of Mars depicts the most thorough representation of the Red Planet surface. This map provides a framework for continued scientific investigation of Mars as the long-range target for human space exploration. Credit: USGS

New Mars Map Is the Best Ever Made (Image, Video)

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Artist's rendering of a manned flyby of Mars in 2021.

Part of the floor of Reull Vallis, a valley east of Hellas Basin on Mars. Picture taken by Mars Global Surveyor. Credit: NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

The Waters Of Mars: New Map Shows Something Unexpected

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A New View of Europa (Jupiter's moon) #Education #Astronomy

Never-Before-Seen Photo of Europa Shows Rivers of Red Ice

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Orion Nebula in Oxygen, Hydrogen, and Sulfur Image Credit Copyright: César Blanco González The Orion Nebula spans about 40 light years is about 1500 light years away in the same spiral arm of our Galaxy as the Sun. The Great Nebula in Orion can be found with the unaided eye just below and to the left of the easily identifiable belt of three stars in the popular constellation Orion.The whole Orion Nebula cloud complex, will slowly disperse over the next 100,000 years.

The Tarantula Nebula is more than 1,000 light-years in diameter, a giant star forming region within our neighboring galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). Image Credit & Copyright: Marco Lorenzi

APOD: 2014 June 12 - The Tarantula Zone

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M51: X-Rays from the Whirlpool Image Credit & Copyright: X-ray: NASA, CXC, R. Kilgard (Wesleyan U. et al.; Optical: NASA, STScI

APOD: 2014 June 10 - M51: X Rays from the Whirlpool

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Located about 130 million light-years away, NGC 4650A is one of only 100 known polar-ring galaxies. - Credit: The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA/ESA)

Venus now appears as planet Earth's brilliant morning star standing above the eastern horizon before dawn. For most, the silvery celestial beacon rose in a close pairing with an old crescent Moon on February 26, 2014. Daytime Moon Meets Morning Star Image Credit & Copyright: Cui Yongjiang and Shi Zexing

APOD: 2014 February 27 - Daytime Moon Meets Morning Star

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Earth-size Kepler-186f Illustration Credit: NASA Ames / SETI Institute / JPL-Caltech, Discovery: Elisa V. Quintana, et al. Planet Kepler-186f is the first known Earth-size planet to lie within the habitable zone of a star beyond the Sun. Discovered using data from the prolific planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft, the distant world orbits its parent star, a cool, dim, M dwarf star about half the size and mass of the Sun, some 500 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus.

APOD: 2014 April 19 - Earth-size Kepler-186f

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Star Factory Messier 17: M17 is also known as the Omega Nebula or the Swan Nebula. Image Credit & Copyright: Subaru Telescope (NAOJ), Hubble Space Telescope; Processing: Robert Gendler & Roberto Colombari.

APOD: 2014 May 27 - Star Factory Messier 17

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M16 and the Eagle Nebula Image Credit & Copyright: Adam Block, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, Univ. Arizona

APOD: 2014 June 7 - M16 and the Eagle Nebula

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NGC 7023: The Iris Nebula. The bright blue portion of the Iris Nebula is about six light-years across.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

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The Whirlpool galaxy seen in both optical and X-ray light. Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Wesleyan Univ./R.Kilgard, et al; Optical: NASA/STScI