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NEOWISE timelapse reveals a decade in the universe’s life

Black holes gobbling gas, baby stars emerging within thick dust shrouds and old stars exploding in powerful supernovas: these are just a few of the types of events witnessed in a decade by NASA’s asteroid and comet explorer NEOWISE and released in a stunning new video.

NASA‘s NEOWISE, or Near-Earth Object Wide Field Infrared Survey Explorer, orbits about 300 miles (500 kilometers) above Earth, constantly facing the sky and gazing into the universe. Every six months, the telescope completes a portrait of the entire cosmos that is visible to its infrared detectors. By arranging 18 of these portraits into a sequence, astronomers have created a movie depicting a decade in the life of stars, galaxies and other objects within the telescope’s reach.

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