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Helix NebulaComets Clash at Heart of Helix Nebula

A bunch of rowdy comets are colliding and kicking up dust around a dead star, according to new observations from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. The star lies at the center of the much-photographed cosmic starlet, the Helix Nebula, a shimmering cloud of gas with a resemblance to a giant eye.

Click to EnlargeWater vapor seen ‘raining down’
on young star system

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has detected enough water vapor to fill the oceans on Earth five times inside the collapsing nest of a forming star system. Astronomers say the water vapor is pouring down from the system’s natal cloud and smacking into a dusty disk where planets are thought to form. The observations provide the first direct look at how water, an essential ingredient for life as we know it, begins to make its way into planets, possibly even rocky ones like our own.

“The total number of stars in the Universe is greater than all the grains of sand on all the beaches of the planet Earth.
— Carl Sagan
Visit our spectacular collection of images of galaxies, nebulas, supernovas and star fields on the Beautiful Universe page in the GALLERIES of INSPIRATION.
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Stereo Space Station: 
Get out your red-blue glasses and float next to the International Space Station (ISS), planet Earth's largest artificial moon. This fun stereo view was constructed from parts of two separate images (S122-E-009880, S122-E-009893) and an additional background recorded as the shuttle orbiter Atlantis undocked from the ISS on February 18. Atlantis and the ISS were traveling over 7,500 meters per second at an altitude of about 350 kilometers. The shiny, 7 meter long module extending from the station at the lower right is ESA's Columbus Laboratory, delivered by Atlantis and installed by spacewalking astronauts. After a successful 13 day mission to the ISS, Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday.

Astronomers report unprecedented
double helix nebula near center of the Milky Way

Hubble Space Telescope finds extrasolar planets far across our Galaxy — near the Milky Way’s central bulge

Planets prefer safe neighborhoods


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