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The European Space Agency's Herschel space observatory has discovered enough water vapor to fill Earth's oceans more than 2000 times over, in a gas and dust cloud that is on the verge of collapsing into a new Sun-like star. Stars form within cold, dark clouds of gas and dust -- 'pre-stellar cores' -- that contain all the ingredients to make solar systems like our own.  Water, essential to life on Earth, has previously been detected outside of our Solar System as gas and ice coated onto tiny…

The European Space Agency's Herschel space observatory has discovered enough water vapor to fill Earth's oceans more than 2000 times over, in a gas and dust cloud that is on the verge of collapsing into a new Sun-like star.

Milkyway - They should have just asked Ford Prefect. U.S. astronomers have discovered the Milky Way has just two major arms of stars, not the four arms of the current model. Led by Robert Benjamin of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, using the Spitzer Space Observatory infrared detectors the scientists based their conclusion on an evaluation of 800,000 images of an expansive swath of the Milky Way taken by NASA'a Spitzer telescope.

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Infant Stars in Serpens (NASA, Spitzer, 10/24/06)

Infant stars are glowing gloriously in this image of the Serpens star-forming region, captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The reddish-pink dots are baby stars deeply embedded in the cosmic cloud of gas and dust that collapsed to create it.

NASA released farthest ever view of the Universe, taken by Hubble! @WorldAndScience

HubbleSite - NewsCenter - Hubble Goes to the eXtreme to Assemble Farthest Ever View of the Universe - Release Images

AR1654 is getting bigger as it turns toward Earth. Not only is the chance of flares increasing, but also the chance of an Earth-directed eruption.This could be the sunspot that breaks the recent lengthy spell of calm space weather around our planet.

is getting bigger as it turns toward Earth. Not only is the chance of flares increasing, but also the chance of an Earth-directed eruption.This could be the sunspot that breaks the recent lengthy spell of calm space weather around our planet.

Un equipo de investigadores de la NASA ha descubierto nuevos indicios que apoyan la teoría de que la vida pudo llegar a la Tierra a bordo de los cometas. + info: http://www.ecoapuntes.com.ar/2012/04/la-nasa-halla-indicios-de-que-los-cometas-pudieron-traer-la-vida-a-la-tierra/

Un equipo de investigadores de la NASA ha descubierto nuevos indicios que apoyan la teoría de que la vida pudo llegar a la Tierra a bordo de los cometas. + info: http://www.ecoapuntes.com.ar/2012/04/la-nasa-halla-indicios-de-que-los-cometas-pudieron-traer-la-vida-a-la-tierra/

Our galaxy's supermassive black hole is about to consume a gas cloud, and the world is watching

Scientists May Get Best View Yet of a Black Hole in Action

Right now, telescopes all over the world are turning to our galaxy’s center, where for the first time ever they may have a front-row look at a supermassive black hole consuming a gas cloud.

Enigma of Hypergiant Stars Solved

Astronomers have identified a young star, located almost light years away, which could help us understand how the most massive stars in the Universe are formed. This young star, already more than 30 times the mass of our Sun,.

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Munich, Germany (SPX) Jan 2013 - An evocative new image from ESO shows a dark cloud where new stars are forming, along with a cluster of brilliant stars that have already emerged from their dusty stellar nursery.

Chandra Flashback of the Day – H2356-309: X-ray Discovery Points to Location of Missing Matter http://www.chandra.si.edu/photo/2010/h2356/ … pic.twitter.com/W0EpbbdTaB

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X-ray Discovery Points to Location of Missing Matter

Tiny Space Telescope to Aim at 'Super-Earth' Atmospheres

If funded, the tiny Twinkle telescope will look at the atmospheres of close alien planets, including "super-Earths.

Zooniverse users uncover a galaxy of bubbles

Over volunteers used the crowdsourcing power of Zooniverse to uncover thousands of giant gas bubbles in the Milky Way galaxy.

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