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This is an artist's imaginative rendering of an atom, but quantum mechanics makes it hard to imagine exactly what an atom is. Richard Graham Farmer/Science Photo Library/Corbis hide caption

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This Hubble Space Telescope image shows a star known as R Sculptoris, located 1,500 light-years from Earth, in the constellation of Sculptor. The black region at the centre of the image has been artificially masked. ESA/NASA hide caption

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The star in the center, as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope, is known as V1331 Cyg and is located in the dark cloud LDN 981. Karl Stapelfe/ESA/Hubble, NASA hide caption

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A view of a phytoplankton bloom near Alaska's Pribilof Islands. The milky green and light blue shading of the water indicates the presence of vast populations of microscopic phytoplankton. NASA hide caption

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The Horsehead Nebula, as seen with infrared light, shows clouds surrounding it have already dissipated. The Horsehead formation has about 5 million years left before it, too, disintegrates. NASA/ESA hide caption

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