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Best Space Photos of the Week - July 14, 2013

'Monster Star' Baby Photos Captured by Giant Telescope

ALMA (ESO/NRAJ/NRAO)/NASA/Spitzer/JPL-Caltech/GLIMPSE

New observations using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter array (ALMA) have given astronomers the best view yet of a monster star in the process of forming within a dark cloud. A stellar womb with over 500 times the mass of the Sun has been found - the largest ever seen in the Milky Way - and it is still growing. [Watch the video]

Images: Blue Alien Planet's True Color Revealed by Hubble

NASA, ESA, M. Kornmesser

This illustration shows HD 189733b, a huge gas giant that orbits very close to its host star HD 189733. The planet's atmosphere is scorching with a temperature of over 1000 degrees Celsius, and it rains glass, sideways, in howling 7000 kilometer-per-hour winds. Image released July 11, 2013. [See More Images]

NASA Spacecraft Photographs Pluto's Largest Moon Charon

NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

A NASA spacecraft bound for Pluto has captured its first photo of the dwarf planet's largest moon Charon, a cosmic snapshot snapped from nearly 550 million miles away. [Read the Full Story]

Photos: Space Shuttle Enterprise Exhibit Reopens NYC Museum

collectSPACE.com/Robert Z. Pearlman

Space shuttle Enterprise relaunched on public display July 10, 2013 at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City. [See More Images]

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