This composite image shows new details of the aftermath of a massive star that exploded and was visible from Earth over 1,000 years ago. Chandra X-ray Observatory Center/NASA hide caption

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An image showing the distribution of massive stars in the new study. Our location within the Galaxy is circled in black. J. Urquhart et al./Background image by Robert Hurt of the Spitzer Science Center. hide caption

itoggle caption J. Urquhart et al./Background image by Robert Hurt of the Spitzer Science Center.

An artist's impression of one of the super-Earth's surrounding the star Gliese 667 about 22 light years from Earth. ESO/L. Calçada hide caption

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An artist's impression of a gamma-ray burst, a powerful jet of energy lasting from less than a second to several minutes. The most powerful events in the universe, they are thought to be mostly associated with the explosion of stars that collapse into black holes. A. Roquette/ESO hide caption

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A composite of Lyrids over Huntsville, Ala., in 2009. This year, the meteor shower will hit its peak before dawn Sunday morning. Danielle Moser/MSFC/NASA hide caption

itoggle caption Danielle Moser/MSFC/NASA