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Dusty Star-Spawning Space Cloud Glows In Amazing Photo

An amazing new photo from a telescope in Chile reveals a cloud of star-producing gas and dust glowing brightly 5,000 light-years from Earth. Full story

Star cluster includes some young stars

An ancient but little-known star cluster is giving astronomers a celestial Halloween treat in a dazzling new photo from the European Southern Observatory. Full story

Get an eyeful from outer space

   Gaze into the Helix Nebula's golden eye and see the other cosmic highlights of January 2012.

Construction of World's Largest Telescope Begins in 2012

The European Southern Observatory's plan to begin construction of the world's largest telescope — the European Extremely Large Telescope — will take a big step forward in 2012 now that early funding for the project has been secured. Full story

Spiral galaxy like our own shines with pink clouds

The wispy arms of a spiral galaxy similar to our own Milky Way can be seen in striking detail in a new image from the European Southern Observatory. Full story

Five planets found circling alien sun

   Astronomer Joe (“Dr. J”) Liske explains the significance of a newfound planetary system in the European Southern Observatory’s “ESOcast.”

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  Young star gives birth to a giant

European Southern Observatory astronomer Joe Liske explains the observations of a young giant planet in a "Hubblecast" video.

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