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  1. Hubble Space Telescope Celebrates 25th Anniversary By Updating Iconic “Pillars of Creation” Image

    I think I can see Thanos!

    Ultimate Space Porn Reboot!

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  2. Here’s How to Get the Best View of This Summer’s 3 “Super Moons”

    Bonus! You also get to correct everyone about how ordinary they are!

    This summer, there will be 3 super moons. But are they really as "super" as we think they are?

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  3. A Black Hole-Powered Quasar Is Showing Astronomers That the Universe Is Pretty Gassy

    Turns out the universe owes everyone a big "excuse me."

    Computer simulations have previously shown astronomers that the universe was, well, pretty gassy, but they're just now getting their first glimpse of the universe's gas, and they didn't even have to hold a match up in front of its butt to do so. While that's mildly disappointing, a black hole-powered quasar lighting it up is still pretty cool.

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  4. If We Had a Really Big Telescope, Could We See Star Wars?

    And then if we get the super-high-tech-laser from Paycheck, could we watch Firefly, too?

    Everyone likes watching Star Wars. They're awesome movies, and I think we've all had that majorly trippy moment when we realize "A long time ago" means that everything we're watching happened in the past. But if it was so long ago, and so far away, that the light is reaching us now-- does that mean we could theoretically watch Star Wars live?

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  5. Check Out the First Amazing Pictures of the Sun from NASA’s IRIS

    NASA stares into the Sun so you don't have to.

    NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) satellite has been open for less than two weeks, and already it's returned the first images from its mission to study the Sun's atmosphere. The combined ultraviolet telescope and spectrograph is pulling in amazing views as well as valuable data on energy transfer in the Sun's interface region.

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  6. The IRIS Telescope Opens Its Eye to Space

    We're one step closer to pretty space pictures in our inbox!

    In exciting space news, the door on NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) telescope is open. The door was successfully opened by the IRIS Lockheed Martin team today at 2:14 PM EDT, and it's a pretty major milestone for the IRIS in its 60-day checkout period. When that's over on August 26th, the instrument will go into "normal science mode" and we can probably expect some lovely images shortly there after.

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  7. Astronomers Have Found One Of The Largest Stars In The Milky Way, And It’s Still Forming

    You know how the Sun is, like, really big? Well, this is one may eventually be hundred times bigger than the Sun.

    If Hercules hadn't been made into a constellation, he would probably have been reborn in space as a recently discovered star: the largest one ever spotted in the Milky Way. A group of astronomers found the embryonic star, which is still forming inside of a huge cloud about 10,000 light years away from Earth, using the ultra-powerful ALMA(Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array) telescope. Now that they're getting a good look at the massive star, researchers have been able to learn some new lessons about how stars this size are born.

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  8. New Data on Extraterrestrial Cloud Cover Could Double the Number of Habitable Exoplanets

    In news sure to delight off-world travel agencies everywhere, there could be as many as 60 billion habitable planets just in the Milky Way.

    There may be something like 60 billion potentially habitable planets in the Milky Way galaxy alone. Just let that sink in for a minute: 60 billion. If it seems like an unusually high number, it's because it's been doubled from what we thought was possible before. The new higher estimate comes from astronomers at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University who realized that earlier calculations done to determine which alien planets might support life may have underestimated a major climactic influence: clouds.

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  9. Astronomers Identify 514 of the Most Powerful Objects in the Universe, Have No Clue What 65 of Them Are

    Some of the most energetic gamma ray sources in space are total mysteries to researchers, and could prove to be dark matter galaxies or other exotic objects

    A new map of the universe created with data from the Fermi Space Telescope has identified the 514 most highly energetic objects in the known universe. The slightly unnerving part of that news -- researchers have exactly no idea what 65 of those objects, which are throwing off more than 10 gigaelectronvolts of gamma ray energy, are. These sources could be standard high energy objects -- like blazars -- that simply haven't been properly identified yet, or they could be an entirely new class of object never before seen on the cosmic landscape.

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  10. Crowdfunded ARKYD Space Telescope Lets You Put Your Face in Space, Take Space Selfies

    I'm probably not ever going to space, but for $25 I can make a space telescope take my picture? You've got yourself a deal.

    Asteroid mining company Planetary Resources has a new venture on their hands, and they've turned to Kickstarter to fund it. They want to launch the ARKYD, a space telescope that's not only crowdfunded, but actually crowd controlled. They've already hit their goal, but there's still time to fund it for some sweet rewards like time controlling the telescope, and a very affordable option to have a photo of you displayed on the ARKYD while it takes a space selfie with your picture and the Earth as the background.

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