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Astronomers have found a spiral galaxy that may be spinning to the beat of a different cosmic drummer. To the surprise of astronomers, the galaxy, called NGC 4622, appears to be rotating in the opposite direction to what they expected. Pictures from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope helped astronomers determine that the galaxy may be spinning clockwise by showing which side of the galaxy is closer to Earth.

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Nasa marks 50 years of space photography - in pictures

A dying star throws a cosmic tantrum in this combined image from Nasa's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer. The star's dusty outer layers are unraveling into space, glowing from the intense ultraviolet radiation being pumped out by the hot stellar core. This object, called the Helix nebula, lies 650 light years away in the constellation of Aquarius

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This is THE definitive image of planet Earth: Satellite captures all of our globe in one stunning, 121million-megapixel shot

The blue oasis we call home: Earth is photographed with a high-definition 121megapixel camera - creating the sharpest image of our planet yet Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2142884/Earth-Stunning-picture-Russian-weather-satellite-shows-definitive-image-planet.html#ixzz1uei5jjGT

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Antarctica from space (NASA) - this is far more hospitable than Mars. Mars would also be covered in ice

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National Geographic's most famous photographs expected to fetch $3MILLION at Christie's in first ever auction of collection

A 1969 illustration entitled A Blue Globe Hanging in the Sky ¿ Earth as seen from the moon by Charles Bittinger will be up for auction at Christie's sale of 'The National Geographic Collection: The Art of Exploration '

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Blast from exploding stars trapped Earth in “space bubble”, NASA says

Cassiopeia A was created when a massive star blew up as a supernova, leaving a dense stellar corpse and its ejected remains.

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