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CG4 aka the God's Hand Nebula

CG4 aka the God’s Hand Nebula

ESO released a new photo of the God’s Hand Nebula, located 13,000 light years from Earth. Also known as CG4, it is a sub-type of a nebula referred to as a Bok globule, the smallest type of nebula that exists, and it is very cold and very dense.  — ESO

Researchers in Madrid completed a study on ETNOs (extreme trans-Neptunian objects) within our solar system and found that there may be at least two more Earth-sized planets past Pluto. It’s 2015, we landed a robot on a comet, yet we are still discovering what exists in our own solar system! You know what Papa Carl would say* about this. — NBCNews

The Dawn Spacecraft is heading toward a proto/dwarf planet in our asteroid belt named Ceres and we are seeing close up photographs of it for the first time ever. Expect more of these over the next few months! —i09 and CNET

*“Astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.” — Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot
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