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Photograph: Mark Hanson/Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014... NGC 6888 by Mark Hanson (US). This colourful starscape taken from Rancho Hidalgo, New Mexico, US reveals the searing heat of the Crescent Nebula glowing in a whirl of red and blue. (Cropped for Pinterest, click on the image for story and full image)
Kepler-186f ~ The first known Earth-size planet to lie within the habitable zone of a star beyond the Sun. Discovered using data from the prolific planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft, the distant world orbits its parent star, a cool, dim, M dwarf star about half the size and mass of the Sun, some 500 light-years away from us, in the constellation Cygnus. While the size and orbit of Kepler-186f are known, its mass and composition are not, and can't be determined by Kepler's transit technique. (N...