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From Wired:

This galaxy is huge: Together with its halo, it contains four times the mass of the Milky Way and several hundred billion times the mass of the sun, rotating at speeds of up to 1.1 million miles per hour. ESA

Photo of the day

Wired’s photo of the week:

A three-car crash ends in a blaze of fire but no major injuries during the Nascar Cup Series Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.SEAN GARDNER/GETTY IMAGES

Photo of the day

From a recent Atlantic photos of the week gallery:

A streak of light trails off into the night sky as the US military test fires an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile at Vandenberg Air Force Base, some 130 miles (209 kms) northwest of Los Angeles, California early on May 3, 2017. 

Ringo Chiu / AFP / Getty

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From a Post photos of the week gallery:

May 9, 2017A pigeon walks in front of soldiers during the Victory Day military parade in St. Petersburg. Victory Day commemorates the Red Army’s determination and losses in World War II. Dmitri Lovetsky/AP

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Love this Wired gallery of photos of telescopes:

The Keck II telescope in Hawaii pioneered the use of lasers in telescopes. It uses a sodium dye laser that charges sodium atoms from left behind by meteors. That makes them light up, creating a fake star that helps astronomers better correct for visual distortions in the earth’s atmosphere.   Enrico Sacchetti

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Pretty cool Atlantic gallery of photos of the earth and moon together:

Earth and the far side of the moon on July 5, 2016, also featuring Typhoon Nepartak over the Pacific Ocean, imaged by NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite, about 1.5 million km (930,000 mi) from Earth,.

NASA

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In case you haven’t seen this awesome viral image of earth viewed through Saturn’s rings:

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured this view of planet Earth as a point of light between the icy rings of Saturn NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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