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Hubble took a gorgeous photo of a spectacular galaxy. It's undergoing an intense burst of star formation, but it's the death of a star that made this galaxy a target for the orbiting observatory.
A massive star 5000 light-years away has blown an immense bubble of gas in space. It's gorgeous, as revealed in a very deep astrophoto.
30 years ago last week a star in a nearby galaxy exploded. Now known as Supernova 1987A, it revolutionized astronomy, and new images taken three decades after the event show us it's entering a new phase.
Sure, groups like NASA and major universities hold many of the tools needed to study the cosmos — but that doesn't mean a group of armchair astronomers can’t make a difference.