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A New Catalog of the Visible Milky Way

September 16, 2014

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New Detailed Catalog of the Visible Milky Way

Astronomers used IPHAS data to create a new catalog of the visible part of the Milky Way, revealing no fewer than 219 million stars. A new catalog of the visible part of the northern part of our home Galaxy, the Milky Way, includes no fewer than 219 million stars. Geert Barentsen of the University of […]

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Crescent Mimas – Cassini Views Saturn’s Moon Mimas

September 15, 2014

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Cassini Image of Saturns Moon Mimas

This Cassini spacecraft image shows a thin sliver of Saturn’s moon Mimas. A thin sliver of Mimas is illuminated, the long shadows showing off its many craters, indicators of the moon’s violent history. The most famous evidence of a collision on Mimas (246 miles, or 396 kilometers across) is the crater Herschel that gives Mimas […]

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Hubble Views Two Interacting Galaxies

September 15, 2014

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Hubble Views Two Interacting Galaxies

This newly released Hubble image shows two interacting galaxies – NGC 6872 and IC 4970. This picture, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2), shows a galaxy known as NGC 6872 in the constellation of Pavo (The Peacock). Its unusual shape is caused by its interactions with the smaller […]

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High-Resolution Images Reveal Surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

September 11, 2014

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Surface Map of Comet 67P

High-Resolution images taken by OSIRIS reveal a detailed scientific description of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. High-resolution images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko reveal a unique, multifaceted world. ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft arrived at its destination about a month ago and is currently accompanying the comet as it progresses on its route toward the inner solar system. Scientists […]

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The Most Complete and Detailed X-Ray View of Puppis A

September 10, 2014

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New Chandra Image of Puppis A

This new image of supernova remnant Puppis A includes data from Chandra and XMM-Newton and is the most complete and detailed X-ray view to date, revealing a delicate tapestry of X-ray light left behind by the supernova explosion. The destructive results of a powerful supernova explosion reveal themselves in a delicate tapestry of X-ray light, […]

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International Space Station Image of an Aurora

September 10, 2014

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Flying Through an Aurora

Taken by astronaut Alexander Gerst, this photo shows an image of an aurora from the International Space Station. European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst posted this photograph taken from the International Space Station to social media on August 29, 2014, writing, “words can’t describe how it feels flying through an #aurora. I wouldn’t even know […]

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Lupus 4 – A Spider-Shaped Blob of Gas and Dust

September 8, 2014

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New Image of Lupus 4 Spider Shaped Blob of Gas and Dust

ESO’s Wide Field Imager at the La Silla Observatory in Chile captured this new image of Lupus 4, which is located about 400 light-years away from Earth. Lupus 4, a spider-shaped blob of gas and dust, blots out background stars like a dark cloud on a moonless night in this intriguing new image. Although gloomy […]

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Hubble Views Irregular Galaxy IC 559

September 8, 2014

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New Hubble Image of Irregular Galaxy IC 559

This newly released Hubble image shows irregular galaxy IC 559. Far beyond the stars in the constellation of Leo (The Lion) is irregular galaxy IC 559. IC 559 is not your everyday galaxy. With its irregular shape and bright blue spattering of stars, it is a fascinating galactic anomaly. It may look like sparse cloud, […]

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NASA’s STEREO Spacecraft Witnesses a Dramatic Solar Eruption

September 3, 2014

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Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory Views a Dramatic Solar Eruption

New images from NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory show a dramatic solar eruption captured by one of STEREO’s two spacecraft, STEREO-B, which currently has a view of the far side of the sun. A bright eruption of solar material surges into space as captured by NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, which currently has a view […]

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Dot Against the Dark – New Image of Saturn’s Moon Mimas

September 3, 2014

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New Image of Saturns Moon Mimas

This newly released image from the Cassini spacecraft shows Saturn’s moon Mimas. As if trying to get our attention, Mimas is positioned against the shadow of Saturn’s rings, bright on dark. As we near summer in Saturn’s northern hemisphere, the rings cast ever larger shadows on the planet. With a reflectivity of about 96 percent, […]

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy PGC 54493

September 2, 2014

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New Hubble Image of Spiral Galaxy PGC 54493

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy PGC 54493. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a beautiful spiral galaxy known as PGC 54493, located in the constellation of Serpens (The Serpent). This galaxy is part of a galaxy cluster that has been studied by astronomers exploring an intriguing phenomenon known as weak […]

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X-Rays from Eta Carinae Reveal Clues about the Double Star System

August 27, 2014

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Chandra Views the Eta Carinae Star System

The Eta Carinae star system reveals new clues about its nature through the X-rays it generates, including how the winds from the stars interact. The Eta Carinae star system does not lack for superlatives. Not only does it contain one of the biggest and brightest stars in our galaxy, weighing at least 90 times the […]

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