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Transit of Venus captivates globeWith the Venus Transit streaming online and observatories lining up telescopes, it was hard not to catch this rare celestial event.

8 breathtaking images of baby stars

Cosmic Curiosity - Cepheus
Photo by J.P. Metsavainio
A collection of nebulae—interstellar clouds of dust and gas—create a question mark in the sky in a new picture taken from a small private observatory in Finland and submitted to National Geographic’s Your Shot.  At top sits the emission nebula known as Cederblad 214, which is part of a larger star-forming complex called NGC 7822. The dot at bottom is a smaller nebula called Sharpless 170. The entire piece of punctuation spans about 40 light-years in the constellation Cepheus.
(via: National Geo)


A Lego in space.



Video: Youtube/mathewmho

Lego man in space: one (very) small step

Two teenagers from Toronto sent a Lego man carrying a Canadian flag into the stratosphere. Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad, both 17, attached four cameras to a balloon carrying the toy astronaut 24km above Earth. A week after launch they recovered their Lego man in a field, and discovered they had captured stunning space footage

Following this wonderful video, Guardian Comment asks its readers what their most memorable childhood video was.

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A reflection nebula in the constellation Orion, 1999
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Holidays Greetings from1,000 Light Years Away!
Astronomers have come across a new image from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared  Survey Explorer, or WISE, that resembles a wreath. The green ring  (evergreen) is made of tiny particles of warm dust whose composition is  very similar to smog found here on Earth. The red cloud (bow) in the  middle is probably made of dust that is more metallic and cooler than  the surrounding regions.
The bright star in the middle of the red cloud, called HD 278942, is  so luminous that it is likely what is causing most of the surrounding  ring to glow. In fact its powerful stellar winds are what cleared out  the surrounding warm dust and created the ring-shaped feature in the  first place. The bright greenish-yellow region left of center (holly) is  similar to the ring, though more dense. The bluish-white stars (silver  bells) scattered throughout are stars located both in front of, and  behind, the nebula.
Regions similar to the “Wreath nebula” are found near the band of the  Milky Way in the night sky. The wreath is slightly off of this band,  near the boundary between the constellations of Perseus and Taurus, but  at a relatively close distance of only about 1,000 light-years, the  cloud is a still part of our Milky Way galaxy.
The colors used in this image represent specific wavelengths of  infrared light. Blue and cyan (blue-green) represent light emitted at  wavelengths of 3.4 and 4.6 microns, which is predominantly from stars.  Green and red represent light from 12 and 22 microns, respectively,  which is mostly emitted by dust.
(via dailygalaxy)
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Earth’s moon shines brightly in our sky, but it is not the only satellite in our solar system. Experts estimate there are as many as 170 moons orbiting the eight planets of our section of the galaxy.10 spectacular moons in our solar system

Launch of Delta IV Heavy in 2007

A Darkened Sky
For a moment on August 1st 2008, the daytime sky grew dark along the path of a total solar eclipse. While watching the geocentric celestial event from Mongolia, photographer Miloslav Druckmuller recorded multiple images with two separate cameras as the Moon blocked the bright solar disk and darkened the sky. This final composition consists of 55 frames ranging in exposure time from 1/125 to 8 seconds.
Credit: Miloslav Druckmuller (Brno University of Technology), Peter Aniol, Vojtech Rusin

New Image Exposes a Nebula’s Cool Clouds
by Space.com staff
A stunning new image of the Carina nebula reveals cold, dusty cosmic  clouds where violent and dynamic star formation is taking place.
These clouds of dust and gas play host to some of the most massive and luminous stars in our galaxy, which make them scintillating test beds for studying the  interactions between these young stars and their parent molecular  clouds.
The new observations were made with the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment  (APEX) telescope, which is located about 16,700 feet (5,100 meters)  above sea level at the Llano de Chajnantor Observatory in the Atacama  desert in northern Chile…
(read more: Space.com)  
(image: ESO/APEX/T. Preibisch et al. (Submillimetre); N. Smith, University of Minnesota/NOAO/AURA/NSF (Optical))
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Terraformed Mars
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