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  1. We’ve Officially Found the Most Distant Galaxy Cluster From Us (So Far)

    And we thought it was a long road down to the chemist's!

    Space is big. Really, really big. You won't believe how vastly, mind-bogglingly big it is. What, you want figures and numbers and stuff? Try 9.9 billion light years long, at the very least. That's how far away the most distant galaxy cluster is to us, according to research out of the Carnegie Institution.

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  2. Four Super Ancient Galaxy Clusters Have Been Found Hanging Out Billions of Light-Years Away

    In galaxies far, far away...

    By combining the data from the Planck and Herschel satellites, four super old galaxies clusters were recently discovered, and by super old, we mean 10 billion light-years away. They're galaxy clusters, which means that they're a massive cloud of other galaxies.

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  3. NASA Releases Beautiful Images of Nearby Galaxies With Beautiful Video Explaining Beautiful Images

    Beautiful images of space are great to look at, but sometimes it's nice to have a NASA scientist tell you what's what.

    We love a good space image here at Geekosystem, like the new mosaics of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) and the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) from NASA's Swift satellite. We're not astrophysicists, just geeks who love space, so sometimes we don't know exactly what we're looking at. That's why it's great when NASA does stuff like having Swift team member Stefan Immler explain it. The pan-and-zoom nature of this video makes it slightly hypnotic.

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  4. Herschel Space Observatory Discovers Two Galaxies Colliding With Each Other

    So these galaxies are going to be the setting for all future Star Wars/Trek crossover fanfics now, right?

    "Merger" is usually such a dull word. Companies merge. Lanes of traffic merge. But it's not all bland and boring, because large galaxies can also merge with one another to form what is scientifically referred to as a "super-giant elliptical galaxy," according to NASA -- and apparently it's happening right now. Or it did 11 billion years ago, at least. Light-years are weird, guys.

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  5. Nice Knowing You: Our Favorite Images From the Herschel Space Observatory

    The Herschel Space Observatory's mission to photograph the stars is winding down, so we wanted to take the chance to remember some of the finest images Herschel captured during its three-year tour of duty. Now, yes, some of these images are color corrected and touched up to highlight the more spectacular points contained within them -- like the star forming inside a galactic bubble eight times more massive than our sun. In our view, that doesn't make them any less valuable to astronomers studying them, which is the whole point. It also makes them way better eye-candy for the rest of us to gape at, so we're just going to be thankful for it, rather than nitpicky.

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  6. Hubble Telescope Discovers Seven Galaxies From The Dawn Of The Universe

    The Ultra Deep Field project of  Hubble Space Telescope just keeps making discoveries. Last month, it was the most distant galaxy in the universe, while today it is the discovery of no less than seven primitive galaxies that researchers think date back to the dawn of the universe itself. Which makes them, for those of you playing at home, pretty darn old.

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  7. Planck Telescope Spots Galaxy Clusters Connected By Cosmic Gas Bridge, Still Unclear Which One Houses Asgard

    The European Space Agency's (ESA) Planck Space Telescope has laid it's super-powerful eye in the sky on a never before seen cosmic phenomenon. The above photo is Planck's first image of a pair of galaxy clusters connected by a cloud of superheated gasses that spans a mind-boggling distance of 10 million lightyears. No word yet on if this actually represents the Asgardian Rainbow Bridge of Thor fame, so in the absence of good evidence, we're just going to really, really hope so.

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  8. NASA WISE Mission Finds Millions of New Black Holes, 1,000 Superhot Galaxies For Good Measure

    NASA was teasing some big news about black holes yesterday, and this afternoon, we know what that is. The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescope has found millions of black holes dotting the universe, as well as more than 1,000 of the brightest galaxies ever observed, which have gone unobserved until now because they are shrouded with dust that has hidden them from view. This despite the galaxies in question being as much as 100 trillion times brighter than our Sun.

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  9. Astronomers Discover Strange New "Species" of Galaxy, Possible Missing Link in Galactic Evolution

    Astronomers have discovered a strange new "species," so to speak, of galaxy. Using the Spitzer Space Telescope, NASA astronomers discovered four of these ultra-red galaxies. Though they are able to describe the members of this type of galaxy, they are unable to explain what makes them so red in color.

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  10. This is What the Nearby Universe Looks Like

    The above plot shows around 50,000 galaxies in the nearby areas of the universe, detected by the Two Micron All Sky Survey in infrared light. The dark band in the center doesn't mean that an oddly linear part of the universe is void of objects and we're all just really living inside a marble that two giant aliens happen to be playing with, but it was simply blocked by dust in the Milky Way's plane. Each dot represents a galaxy, color-coded to show distance -- the bluer the color, the closer the galaxy is and the redder the color means the further away it is. Head on past the break to see a larger version of plot.

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