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Massive cradle of baby stars revealed by European space telescope [Video]

The shape and size of all these galaxies can help scientists understand the mysterious dark energy and dark matter that make up most of the universe.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A massive cradle of baby stars has been observed in new detail by a European space telescope, adding to its celestial collection of images.

The European Space Agency released the photos from the Euclid observatory on Thursday. They were taken following the telescope’s Florida launch last year as a warm-up act to its main job currently underway: surveying the so-called dark universe.

From its perch 1 million miles (1.6 million kilometers) from Earth, Euclid will spend the next several years observing billions of galaxies covering more than one-third of the sky. The shape and size of all these galaxies can help scientists understand the mysterious dark energy and dark matter that make up most of the universe.

“Euclid is at the very beginning of its exciting journey to map …

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Searing heat wave grills large parts of the US, causes deaths in the West and grips the East [Video]

DEATH VALLEY, California (AP) After causing deaths and shattering records in the West over the weekend, a long-running heat wave will again grip the U.S. on Monday, with triple digit temperatures predicted for large parts of the East Coast. The dangerous temperatures caused the death of a motorcyclist in Death Valley. The U.S. heat