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  • Photo: Black-and-white view of the Small Magellanic Cloud

    Origins of the Universe

    Details of the big bang are obscured by billions of years of cosmic history. But high-tech orbiting telescopes are lifting the veil on our universe's formative years.

  • Photo: The Cygnus Loop Supernova

    Supernovae

    Supernovae occur when large stars collapse, ejecting plumes of gas, dust, and energy. Scientists study the remnants of these blasts for clues about the life and death of stars.

  • Photo: Eyeball-shaped Helix Nebula

    Nebulae

    Humans have studied nebulae for centuries. But space-based and infrared telescopes that can cut through the dust are casting these cosmic cloud formations in a whole new light.

  • Photo: A pair of glowing, merging galaxies

    Photo Gallery: Galaxies

    Space-based telescopes have revealed the complex and beautiful details of thousands of our universe's far-flung galaxies.

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