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Celestial Cat Meets Cosmic Lobster

Click for a full size image The Cat’s Paw and Lobster Nebulae This spectacular image from the VLT Survey Telescope shows the Cat’s Paw Nebula (NGC 6334, upper right) and the Lobster Nebula (NGC 6357, lower left). These dramatic objects ...

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The First Sighting of a Black Hole

One of the best views of the galactic center combines images from the Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra space telescopes. An artist’s concept depicts the likely black hole within. (NASA/ESA/SSC/CXC/STSCL) Click for a full size image   The First Sighting of ...

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New Planet Imager Delivers First Science

The vortex mask shown at left is made out of synthetic diamond. Viewed with an scanning electron microscope, right, the “vortex” microstructure of the mask is revealed. Image credit: University of Liège/Uppsala University Click for a full size image   ...

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A New Test for Life on Other Planets

Mono Lake, California, with salt pillars known as “tufas” visible. JPL scientists tested new methods for detecting chemical signatures of life in the salty waters here, believing them to be analogs for water on Mars or ocean worlds like Europa. ...

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