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A telescope designed to detect X-ray emission from regions of the Universe.
A telescope designed to detect X-ray emission from regions of the Universe.

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130 million light years away, two galaxies are colliding (NGC 2207 and IC 2163). At least three supernova explosions have been seen in this area of Canis Major in last 18 years!

Want to know more? http://s.si.edu/1ySShap
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At only 1,500 light years away, the Orion Nebula is one of the closest star-forming regions to Earth.

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About 10,000 light years away from Earth in Cassiopeia, new stars are forming near regions of older stars in NGC 281.

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Asteroids may be getting sucked into the black hole at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy! Possibly hundreds of trillions of asteroids and comets circling Sagittarius A*! Today is International #AsteroidDay!

More about asteroids and Sagittarius A*: http://bit.ly/2s9f7dw
More about International Asteroid Day: https://asteroidday.org/

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The star that made this beautiful supernova remnant may have left behind a black hole. If so, it may be the most recently created black hole in our galaxy!

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Supernova remnants are created when massive stars run out of fuel and explode with expanding debris fields. This one is about 24,000 light years away from Earth.

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This galaxy cluster is home to one of the most powerful supermassive black hole eruptions ever observed. This image is about 2 million light years across!

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At only about 50 million light years away, galaxy M100 may contain the youngest known black hole in our cosmic neighborhood!

Want to know more? http://s.si.edu/2tsyAXs
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Eta Carinae is a mysterious, extremely bright and unstable star located only about 7,500 light years away from Earth.

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The Antennae galaxies. Exploding stars within are spreading elements like oxygen, iron, and silicon that will be incorporated into new generations of stars and planets!

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