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The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 (Credit: AFP / Getty Images)

The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured this color image of Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., on Jan. 24, 2016, a few days after a nor'easter dumped 18 to 40 inches of snow on the region.

Stunning images from space

NASA's telescopes and spacecraft have captured images from our own solar system to the far reaches of the universe. From the Hubble Space Telescope to the Voyager and New Horizons probes, here are some of the best.

Curiosity Mars' self-portrait

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is shown at
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is shown at "Namib Dune," where the rover's activities included scuffing into the dune with a wheel and scooping samples of sand for laboratory analysis, in a selfie obtained from NASA on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016.

A snowy D.C. from space

The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8
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The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured this color image of Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., on Jan. 24, 2016, a few days after a nor'easter dumped 18 to 40 inches of snow on the region.

A rare, massive galaxy cluster

The galaxy cluster called IDCS J1426.5+3508, or IDCS
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The galaxy cluster called IDCS J1426.5+3508, or IDCS 1426 for short, is shown -- with X-rays from the Chandra X-ray Observatory in blue, visible light from the Hubble Space Telescope in green, and infrared light from the Spitzer Space Telescope in red -- in this picture released by NASA on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. This rare galaxy cluster, which is 10 billion light years from Earth, weighs almost 500 trillion suns. The object has important implications for understanding how these mega-structures formed and evolved early in the universe. Astronomers have observed IDCS 1426 when the universe was less than a third of its current age. It is the most massive galaxy cluster detected at such an early age.

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A rare find: A skinny black hole

This image provided by CU-Boulder shows the galaxy
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This image provided by CU-Boulder shows the galaxy SDSS J1126+2944 taken with the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory, with an arrow placed by the source pointing to a black hole that lost most of its stars. The University of Colorado's Julie Comerford has discovered something even rarer than a double-black hole galaxy: a skinny black hole. Her findings were reported Tuesday, Jan 5, 2016, at the American Astronomical Society's annual meeting.

Another view of terra firma

A thick haze hovers over the Indo-Gangetic Plain,
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A thick haze hovers over the Indo-Gangetic Plain, from northern India, left, hugging the Himalayan range and down into the Bay of Bengal at bottom right, in this Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, image from NASA's Terra satellite. Air quality in northern India traditionally worsens in winter as the cooler air and fog traps pollutants and people start lighting fires, coupled with year-round pollution causes such as vehicle traffic. NASA said the haze likely resulted from a "combination of urban and industrial pollution, agricultural and cooking fires, and a meteorological phenomenon known as a temperature inversion."

10 Jupiter exoplanets, as envisioned by an artist

An image released by the European Space Agency
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An image released by the European Space Agency and NASA on Dec. 9, 2015, shows an artist's impression of the 10 hot Jupiter exoplanets, from top left, clockwise, WASP-12b, WASP-6b, WASP-31b, WASP-39b, HD 189733b, HAT-P-12b, WASP-17b, WASP-19b, HAT-P-1b and HD 209458b, studied by David Sing and his colleagues. The images are to scale with each other. HAT-P-12b, the smallest of them, is approximately the size of Jupiter, while WASP-17b, the largest planet in the sample, is almost twice the size. The planets are also depicted with a variety of different cloud properties. There is almost no information about the colors of the planets available, with the exception of HD 189733b, which became known as the blue planet. The hottest planets within the sample are portrayed with a glowing night side. This effect is strongest on WASP-12b, the hottest exoplanet in the sample, but is also visible on WASP-19b and WASP-17b.

Our home, seen in orbit around the moon

This NASA image released Friday, Dec. 18, 2015,
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This NASA image released Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, shows what NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter recently captured in a view of Earth from the spacecraft's vantage point in orbit around the moon. In this composite image we see Earth appear to rise over the lunar horizon from the viewpoint of the spacecraft, with the center of the Earth just off the coast of Liberia. The large tan area in the upper right is the Sahara Desert, and just beyond is Saudi Arabia. The Atlantic and Pacific coasts of South America are visible to the left. On the moon, we get a glimpse of the crater Compton, which is located just beyond the eastern limb of the moon, on the lunar farside. This image was composed from a series of images taken Oct. 12 when the orbiter was about 83 miles above the crater Compton.

Saturn's moon Enceladus

This Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, image provided by
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This Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, image provided by NASA shows Saturn's moon Enceladus, center, as the Cassini spacecraft prepared to make a close flyby of the icy moon. A portion of the planet's ring is at right.

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Long, linear features on Enceladus

The moon Enceladus orbits the planet Saturn in
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The moon Enceladus orbits the planet Saturn in this July 27, 2015, photo made by the Cassini spacecraft. To the north, top, the terrain is covered in impact craters, much like other icy moons, but to the south, the record of impact cratering is much more sparse, and instead the land is covered in fractures and long, linear features. The image was taken in visible green light at a distance of about 70,000 miles from Enceladus.

A full rotation of Charon

This photo taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft
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This photo taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft shows images of Charon, the largest of Pluto's five moons, representing one full rotation during an unprecedented flyby in July 2015. The space agency released the series of 10 close-ups on Nov. 20, 2015. Charon, like Pluto, rotates once every 6.4 Earth days.

Aurora over Earth

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly captured views of the
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NASA astronaut Scott Kelly captured views of the aurora borealis over Earth while aboard the International Space Station on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015.

New insights from Mars

Recurring slope lineae flowing downhill on Mars are
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Recurring slope lineae flowing downhill on Mars are inferred to have been formed by contemporary flowing water, scientists said on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015.

New Horizons over Pluto

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured this image of
(Credit: NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI)

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured this image of Pluto's icy mountains and plains on Tuesday, July 14, 2015.

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Nile River from space

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly photographed the Nile River
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NASA astronaut Scott Kelly photographed the Nile River during a nighttime flyover aboard the International Space Station on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015.

Veil Nebula

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has unveiled part of
(Credit: NASA / ESA / Hubble Heritage Team)

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has unveiled part of the Veil Nebula, the remains of a massive star that exploded about 8,000 years ago.

Dwarfed by the sun

This July 15, 2015, image made available by
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This July 15, 2015, image made available by NASA on Friday, July 24, 2015, shows the atmosphere of Pluto backlit by the sun when the New Horizons spacecraft was about 1.25 million miles away. The image, delivered to Earth on Thursday, is displayed with north at the top of the frame.

Historic, up-close look at Pluto

This Monday, July 13, 2015, image provided by
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This Monday, July 13, 2015, image provided by NASA shows Pluto from the New Horizons spacecraft. The United States is now the only nation to visit every planet in the solar system. Pluto was No. 9 in the lineup when New Horizons departed Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Jan. 19, 2006.

Kepler-452b

This artist's rendering released by NASA on Thursday,
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This artist's rendering released by NASA on Thursday, July 23, 2015, shows a comparison of the Earth, left, and the planet Kepler-452b. It is the first near-Earth-size planet orbiting in the habitable zone of a sun-like star, found using data from NASA's Kepler mission. The illustration represents one possible appearance for the exoplanet -- scientists do not know whether the it has oceans and continents like Earth.

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Sunlit Earth

NASA on Monday, July 20, 2015, released this
(Credit: EPA / NASA)

NASA on Monday, July 20, 2015, released this photo of the entire sunlit side of Earth as seen from 1 million miles away. The July 6 image was taken by a NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite. NASA's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera combined three photos to generate this image of North and Central America.

The Rosetta mission

This photo was taken by an instrument on
(Credit: AP / European Space Agency)

This photo was taken by an instrument on Rosetta's Philae lander during its descent to the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Hundreds of millions of miles from Earth, the European spacecraft made history Wednesday by successfully landing on the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet.

Crab Nebula

This image made by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space
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This image made by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the entire Crab Nebula.

Horsehead Nebula

This image shows Barnard 33, the Horsehead Nebula,
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This image shows Barnard 33, the Horsehead Nebula, in the constellation of Orion (The Hunter).

Messier 57, the Ring Nebula

This image shows Messier 57, the Ring Nebula.
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This image shows Messier 57, the Ring Nebula.

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'Butterfly Nebula'

This image shows jets of gas heated to
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This image shows jets of gas heated to nearly 20,000 degrees Celsius traveling at more than 590,000 mph streaming from the dying star NGC 6302, the "Butterfly Nebula" in the Milky Way galaxy.

Monkey Head Nebula

This infrared image shows part of NGC 2174,
(Credit: AP)

This infrared image shows part of NGC 2174, the Monkey Head Nebula.

NGC 1300

This image shows the barred spiral galaxy NGC
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This image shows the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1300. It is considered to be prototypical of barred spiral galaxies.

Cat's Eye Nebula

This image shows NGC 6543, the Cat's Eye
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This image shows NGC 6543, the Cat's Eye Nebula. A planetary nebula forms when sun-like stars gently eject their outer gaseous layers that form bright nebulae.

NGC 4526

This image shows NGC 4526. One of the
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This image shows NGC 4526. One of the brightest lenticular galaxies known, it has hosted two known supernova explosions, one in 1969 and another in 1994, and is known to have a supermassive black hole at its center with a mass of 450 million suns.

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This image shows the Orion Nebula and the
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This image shows the Orion Nebula and the process of star formation, from the massive, young stars that are shaping the nebula to the pillars of dense gas that may be the homes of budding stars.

Pismis 24

This image shows the star cluster Pismis 24
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This image shows the star cluster Pismis 24 in the core of the large emission nebula NGC 6357. Part of the nebula is ionized by the youngest (bluest) heavy stars emitting intense ultraviolet radiation, heating the gas surrounding the cluster and creating a bubble in NGC 6357.

Cassiopeia A

This image shows the tattered remains of a
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This image shows the tattered remains of a supernova explosion known as Cassiopeia A. It is the youngest known remnant from a supernova explosion in the Milky Way.

Whirlpool Galaxy

This January 2005 image made by the NASA/ESA
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This January 2005 image made by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) and a companion galaxy. The Whirlpool's two curving arms are star-formation factories, compressing hydrogen gas and creating clusters of new stars.

Deep Space

This image shows nearly 10,000 galaxies in the
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This image shows nearly 10,000 galaxies in the deepest visible-light image of the cosmos, cutting across billions of light-years.

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Eagle Nebula

This image shows a tower of cold gas
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This image shows a tower of cold gas and dust rising from a stellar nursery called the Eagle Nebula. The soaring tower is 9.5 light-years high, about twice the distance from our sun to the next nearest star.

UGC 10214

This image shows galaxy UGC 10214 with a
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This image shows galaxy UGC 10214 with a long streamer of stars. Its distorted shape was caused by another galaxy passing nearby.

Dark interstellar cloud being destroyed

This image shows the tendrils of a dark
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This image shows the tendrils of a dark interstellar cloud being destroyed by the passage of one of the brightest stars in the Pleiades star cluster.

'Pillars of Creation'

This image shows the Eagle Nebula's
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This image shows the Eagle Nebula's "Pillars of Creation." The dust and gas in the pillars is seared by the intense radiation from young stars and eroded by strong winds from massive nearby stars.

Stephan's Quintet

This image shows a group of five galaxies
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This image shows a group of five galaxies known as Stephan's Quintet.

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Abell 1703

This image shows Abell 1703, comprising more than
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This image shows Abell 1703, comprising more than 100 different galaxies whose collective mass acts as a gravitational lens. The massive galaxy cluster, about 3 billion light-years from Earth, bends the light rays of galaxies behind it, stretching their images into multiple arcs.

Carina Nebula

This image shows the tip of the 3-light-year-long
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This image shows the tip of the 3-light-year-long pillar in a stellar nursery called the Carina Nebula, located 7,500 light-years away from Earth. Composed of gas and dust, the structure is illuminated by light from hot, massive stars off the top of the image.

M66 galaxy

This image shows M66, the largest of the
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This image shows M66, the largest of the Leo Triplet galaxies. It has asymmetrical spiral arms and an apparently displaced core most likely caused by the gravitational pull of the other two members of the trio.

Carina Nebula

This February 2010 image made by the NASA/ESA
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This February 2010 image made by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a 3-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust in the Carina Nebula being eaten away by light from nearby bright stars. Inside, infant stars fire off jets of gas, seen streaming from towering peaks. The colors signal the presence of oxygen (blue), hydrogen and nitrogen (green), and sulfur (red).

'Butterfly Nebula'

This image shows jets of gas heated to
(Credit: AP)

This image shows jets of gas heated to nearly 20,000 degrees Celsius traveling at more than 590,000 mph streaming from the dying star NGC 6302, the "Butterfly Nebula" in the Milky Way galaxy.

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Andromeda galaxy

A cropped photo captured with the NASA/ESA Hubble
(Credit: Getty Images / J. Dalcanton, University of Washington)

A cropped photo captured with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and released on Jan. 6, 2015, shows the largest and sharpest image ever taken of the Andromeda galaxy.

Antennae galaxies collide

The Antennae galaxies collide, creating billions of new
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The Antennae galaxies collide, creating billions of new stars, in this Hubble Space Telescope image.

VdB 152

This image shows nebula VdB 152, which is
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This image shows nebula VdB 152, which is nearly 1,400 light-years away in the royal constellation Cepheus.

Sombrero Galaxy

The Hubble Space Telescope photographs Messier 104 (M104),
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The Hubble Space Telescope photographs Messier 104 (M104), the Sombrero Galaxy, from 50 million light-years away.

'Pillars of Creation'

These pillar-like structures are columns of cool interstellar
(Credit: NASA/ESA)

These pillar-like structures are columns of cool interstellar hydrogen gas and dust that are incubators for new stars.

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eXtreme Deep Field

The Hubble eXtreme Deep Field image is the
(Credit: NASA/ESA)

The Hubble eXtreme Deep Field image is the deepest image of the universe ever produced, revealing about 5,500 galaxies and several of the most distant objects ever identified.

Saturn and moons

The Hubble Space Telescope captures the giant orange
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The Hubble Space Telescope captures the giant orange moon Titan and white icy moons Enceladus, Dione and Mimas passing in front of Saturn.

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