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6 Incredible Photos From Space

With thousands of photos from space, there’s no wonder so many people love looking to the heavens to see what’s going on and learn about new explorations. New photography is regularly popping up in the news from NASA, so let’s look at the 6 most amazing photos from space.

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NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams shares his personal stories and photographs from space in celebration of the 100th year of the National Park Service.

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2: Photo Bomb

A Hubble image captured the remains of a star that detonated 160,000 light years away, blasting ghostly hot gases throughout space. The star exploded because it ran out of hydrogen gas and, before it blew up like a bomb, it first puffed up into a spectacular red giant. That’s why it left behind a red cloud.

Several thousand years ago, a star some 160 000 light-years away from us exploded, scattering stellar shrapnel across the sky. The aftermath of this energetic detonation is shown here in this striking image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3. The exploding star was a white dwarf located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, one of our nearest neighbouring galaxies. Around 97% of stars within the Milky Way that are between a tenth and eight times the mass of the Sun are expected to end up as white dwarfs. These stars can face a number of different fates, one of which is to explode as supernovae, some of the brightest events ever observed in the Universe. If a white dwarf is part of a binary star system, it can siphon material from a close companion. After gobbling up more than it can handle — and swelling to approximately one and a half times the size of the Sun — the star becomes unstable and ignites as a Type Ia supernova. This was the case for the supernova remnant pictured here, which is known as DEM L71. It formed when a white dwarf reached the end of its life and ripped itself apart, ejecting a superheated cloud of debris in the process. Slamming into the surrounding interstellar gas, this stellar shrapnel gradually diffused into the separate fiery filaments of material seen scattered across this skyscape.

3: Proxima Centauri

Astronomers captured a photo of what is now known as the closest Earth-sized planet found within the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri. Proxima Centauri is the closest neighboring star to our sun. The discovery was found using the European Southern Obervatory.

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4: Rare Comet Euruption

The Europea probe, Rosetta, captured a rare and dramatic close-up image of a comet eruption. This outburst could have been caused by an icy body’s landslide. The eruption lasted for approximately two hours.

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5: Saturn’s Distant Moons

An image of Saturn’s moons, Hyperion and Tethys, appear in close proximity to each other in a new photograph by Cassini Spacecraft. However, each moon is 1.5 million kilometers (930,000 miles) from each other.

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6: SpaceX Dragon

Photographs of the SpaceX Dragon’s departure from the International Space Station, as well as its cargo, are now available. The spacecraft is on its way to Earth with experiments, as well as mice, and 2,000 pounds of other cargo.

These are the most recent collections of space photos not only of spacecrafts and planets, but also of what’s happening in our universe. Thanks to the latest advancements in technology, we’re able to see new photography from space on a regular basis without having to wait long periods of time.

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