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NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Views Ceres’ North Pole

April 17, 2015

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Dawn Glimpses Ceres

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has captured the highest-resolution views of Ceres to date. After spending more than a month in orbit on the dark side of dwarf planet Ceres, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has captured several views of the sunlit north pole of this intriguing world. These images were taken on April 10 from a distance of […]

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Hubble Space Telescope Views Elliptical Galaxy NGC 2865

April 13, 2015

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Hubble Views Elliptical Galaxy NGC 2865

This Hubble image of the week shows elliptical galaxy NGC 2865, which is located roughly 100 million light-years from Earth. This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows an elliptical galaxy called NGC 2865. It lies just over 100 million light-years away from us in the constellation of Hydra — The Sea Serpent — and was […]

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Hubble Image of the Week: The Crammed Center of Messier 22

April 6, 2015

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New Hubble Image of Globular Cluster Messier 22

This newly released Hubble image shows the center of the globular cluster Messier 22, also known as M22. Globular clusters are spherical collections of densely packed stars, relics of the early years of the Universe, with ages of typically 12 to 13 billion years. This is very old considering that the Universe is only 13.8 […]

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HiRISE Images Reveal the Fading Scars of Mars Rover Landing

March 30, 2015

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Scars on Mars from 2012 Rover Landing Fade

A series of observations from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show how dark blast zones from the Curiosity rover have faded inconsistently. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter made the observations on multiple dates from landing to last month. After fading for about two years, the pace of change […]

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy NGC 3021

March 30, 2015

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy NGC 3021

This newly released Hubble image shows the spiral galaxy NGC 3021, which lies about 100 million light-years away in the constellation of Leo Minor. Among many other types of stars, this galaxy contains Cepheid variable stars, which can be used work out the distance to the galaxy. These stars pulsate at a rate that is […]

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Terra Satellite Sees Shadows of Solar Eclipse in the Arctic Ocean

March 23, 2015

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Terra Satellite Views Shadows of Solar Eclipse

NASA’s Terra satellite captured this view of the clouds in the Arctic Ocean during last week’s total solar eclipse. During the morning of March 20, 2015, a total solar eclipse was visible from parts of Europe, and a partial solar eclipse from northern Africa and northern Asia. NASA’s Terra satellite passed over the Arctic Ocean […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – A Galaxy on the Edge

March 23, 2015

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy NGC 5023

This newly released Hubble image shows an edge-on view of the spiral galaxy NGC 5023. Due to its orientation we cannot appreciate its spiral arms, but we can admire the elegant profile of its disc. The galaxy lies over 30 million light-years away from us. NGC 5023 is part of the M51 group of galaxies. […]

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New VLT Image Shows Star Cluster NGC 6193 and Nebula NGC 6188

March 17, 2015

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Star Cluster NGC 6193 and Nebula NGC 6188

This newly released image from the VLT Survey Telescope shows the young open cluster NGC 6193 in the center, and the emission nebula NGC 6188 to the right. This dramatic landscape in the southern constellation of Ara (The Altar) is a treasure trove of celestial objects. Star clusters, emission nebulae and active star-forming regions are […]

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Hubble Views Blue Compact Dwarf Galaxy SBS 1415+437

March 16, 2015

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Hubble Views PGC 51017

This newly released Hubble image shows blue compact dwarf galaxy SBS 1415+437. The bright streak of glowing gas and stars in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image is known as PGC 51017, or SBS 1415+437. It is type of galaxy known as a blue compact dwarf. This particular dwarf is well studied and has an […]

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Hubble’s View of the Orion Nebula

March 11, 2015

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Hubble Image of the Orion Nebula

First released in 2006, this popular image reveals Hubble’s sharpest view to date of the Orion Nebula. The image offers a peek inside a cavern of roiling dust and gas where thousands of stars are forming. The image, taken by the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) aboard NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, represents the sharpest view […]

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Hubble Views Multiple Images of a Highly Magnified Supernova for the First Time

March 9, 2015

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Hubble Sees Multiple Images of a Highly Magnified Supernova for the First Time

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers has spotted four images of a distant exploding star for the first time. The images are arranged in a cross-shaped pattern by the powerful gravity of a foreground galaxy embedded in a massive cluster of galaxies. The supernova discovery paper appears in a special issue of […]

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Hubble Image of the Week: The Mysteries of UGC 8201

March 9, 2015

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Hubble Views Irregular Galaxy UGC 8201

This newly released Hubble image shows irregular galaxy UGC 8201, which is located roughly 15 million light-years away. The galaxy UGC 8201, captured here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is a dwarf irregular galaxy, so called because of its small size and chaotic structure. It lies just under 15 million light-years away from us […]

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The Senkyo Region of Titan

March 5, 2015

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New Cassini Image of Titan

This new Cassini image was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.2 million miles and looks toward the Saturn-facing side of Titan. Named after a Japanese paradise, the Senkyo region of Titan (the dark area below and to the right of center) is a bit less welcoming than its namesake. With a very inhospitable average […]

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ALMA and VLT Reveal Dusty and Evolved Galaxy

March 2, 2015

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Hubble Views Galaxy Cluster Abell 1689

New observations from the Very Large Telescope along with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array have revealed a dusty galaxy seen when the Universe was just 700 million years old. One of the most distant galaxies ever observed has provided astronomers with the first detection of dust in such a remote star-forming system and tantalizing evidence […]

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Hubble Picture of the Week: A Young Star Takes Center Stage

March 2, 2015

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New Hubble Image of V1331 Cyg

This newly released Hubble images shows the T Tauri star known as V1331 Cyg. With its helical appearance resembling a snail’s shell, this reflection nebula seems to spiral out from a luminous central star in this new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image. The star in the center, known as V1331 Cyg and located in the […]

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Dawn Spacecraft Shows Crater Shapes on Ceres’ Surface

February 25, 2015

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New Images of Dwarf Planet Ceres

These new images from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft show the full range of different crater shapes that can be found at Ceres’ surface: From shallow, flattish craters to those with peaks at their centers. Dwarf planet Ceres continues to puzzle scientists as NASA’s Dawn spacecraft gets closer to being captured into orbit around the object. The […]

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A Closer Look at the Colors of the Small Magellanic Cloud

February 23, 2015

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New Image of the Small Magellanic Cloud

This composite image used data from Herschel’s Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (SPIRE), Photodetector Array Camera and Spectrometer (PACS), and Spitzer’s Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS) to get a better view of the Small Magellanic Cloud. Astronomical images often look like works of art. This picture of one of our nearest neighboring galaxies, the Small Magellanic […]

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