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Bizarre Comet-like Alien Planet First of Its Kind

This is an artist's impression of recently discovered planet outside our solar system named GJ 436b surrounded by a massive gas cloud that streams behind the planet like a comet's tail for millions of miles. This planet is orbiting a red dwarf and is about 22 times the size of Earth. Computer models suggest the tail could be about 9.3 million miles long!

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

To commemorate the maiden voyage of The New Horizons spacecraft which is set to take the first close-up photos of Pluto next month, The National Space Society created this video featuring planetary bodies already explored. This year we're about to finally complete the historic first era of planetary exploration! More info here: www.iflscience.com

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

The Best Planet Duo of 2015- Venus and Jupiter

Photo taken in Austria June 15th The two brightest planets in the night sky are slowly making their way toward each other in the NW sky. They are visible each evening for a few hours after sunset. On June 20th a crescent moon will sit alongside the duo between Venus below and Jupiter above- quite a sight! and on July 1st the two planets will appear closest together in the night sky!

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

This video will make you re-think your entire existence! Just look at how small we are compared to the rest of the universe!

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

The reason Pluto was dropped as a planet is because prior to this point in time there were no official international guidelines for what should be classified as a planet, after 2006 however, the IAU (International Astronomical Union) reached a consensus on the classifications of what is a planet and Pluto was therefore dropped.

Contributed by Dario Peredo

Cool website, only works well on Google Chrome

Contributed by Holly White

Here are 14 interesting facts about space from Cornell University.

Contributed by Patrick Woods

Naiad Found Again

Neptune's innermost moon, Naiad, is clearly seen here for the first time since the Voyager 2 flyby of 1989. The Hubble Space Telescope captured the tiny point of light just off to the side of Neptune in December, 2004. The detection went unnoticed until recently, when the images were re-analyzed using newly developed processing techniques. The new analysis employed special processing to suppress the extensive glare around Neptune, which is more than one million times brighter than the nearly 100-km object shown. The image is composed of eight four-minute exposures, which have been combined to produce the equivalent of a single 32-minute exposure. Image and text from: www.wired.com

Contributed by Laura Diana Escamilla

This is pretty cool. I didn't even know about some of this stuff.

Contributed by Kaitlyn Kaye Byers

The Carina Nebula (NGC 3372)

The stars inside the gas and dust clouds will grow to destroy the pillars of dust, resulting in a cluster of newly formed stars, over the next 100,000 years or so.

Contributed by Kelsey Stewart