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NASA releases eight never-before-seen images of Cosmic Apocalypse

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
October 31st, 2013
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In celebration of American Archive Month, 2013, NASA has released eight new images from its archives. The images are among the most dramatic ones of phenomenon captured in space.

The eight images are composite images, combining X-Ray, optical, infrared, and radio observations in various pairings to reveal details that would not be visible in just one wavelength. By pairing different elements, astronomers can see in the context of a single image, what is actually happening deep in space.

Most of the images feature nebulas, vast regions of dust and gas formed by the explosion of a large, dense star. These regions of dust and gas are rich in complex molecules and heavy materials, prerequisites for life. Although the images show cosmic apocalypse, it should be understood that the word apocalypse actually means a "revelation" or a "new beginning." From this drama, new stars and planets form, possibly providing new opportunities for life.

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