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from The Christian Science Monitor

In the Oort cloud, astronomers spot most distant object in our solar system

Scientists report the discovery of the most distant dwarf planet, which may join a club of solar system objects whose orbits cannot yet be explained.

A mini infographic of a mini solar system - Three alien planets, among the smallest known, orbit a red dwarf star in a solar system resembling the planet Jupiter and its moons. #infographic

Scientists study x-ray emissions of the low-mass young stars in the region under "The Wing" of the dwarf galaxy named the Small Magellanic Cloud. (NASA, Chandra, 04/03/13), via Flickr.

Blue Alien Planet Explained: Inside Hubble's Exoplanet Color Discovery (Infographic), by Karl Tate, Infographics Artist | via

Our entire solar system in this little dot of the Milky Way galaxy. There are around 300,000,000,000 stars in the Milky Way galaxy alone. Each star having possibly one or more planets in orbit. Might have to step back a light year or two to get the fuller picture.

ESO image of the nebula AB7. AB7 is a binary star system found in one of the nearby Magellanic Cloud galaxies, consisting of one WR-star - highly evolved massive star - and a mid-age massive companion of spectral type O. These exceptional stars have very strong stellar winds : they continuously eject energetic particles some 10 to 1,000 million times more intensely than our sun. The surface temperature is in excess of 120,000 degrees, maybe the universe's hottest star.

from Mashable

NASA releases new photos showing strange lights on dwarf planet Ceres

A NASA spacecraft that's nearing dwarf planet Ceres has returned new images showing the mysterious lights that have scientists scratching their heads.