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Hubble Views Ghostly Glow of Stars Ejected from Dead Galaxies

October 31, 2014

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Hubble Views Light From Dead Galaxies in Abell 2744

New Hubble data reveal the glow of stars ejected from ancient galaxies that were gravitationally ripped apart several billion years ago and provide important steps forward in understanding the evolution of galaxy clusters. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has picked up the faint, ghostly glow of stars ejected from ancient galaxies that were gravitationally ripped apart […]

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NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Views the Sun Glinting Off Titan’s North Polar Seas

October 31, 2014

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Cassini Views Titan's North Polar Seas

Taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, this near-infrared, color mosaic shows the sun glinting off of Titan’s north polar seas. While Cassini has captured, separately, views of the polar seas and the sun glinting off of them in the past, this is the first time both have been seen together in the same view. The sunglint, […]

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Image of the Sunrise from the International Space Station

October 30, 2014

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Sunrise Image From ISS

This image of the sunrise was taken by astronaut Reid Wiseman on the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman posted this image of a sunrise, captured from the International Space Station, to social media on October 29, 2014. Wiseman wrote, “Not every day is easy. Yesterday was a tough one. #sunrise” Wiseman was referring […]

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LRO Spacecraft Captures Image of LADEE’s Lunar Impact Crater

October 29, 2014

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NASA Spacecraft Views LADEE Impact Crater

A new image from NASA’S Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft shows the impact crater on the lunar surface caused by the impact of NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft. “The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) team recently developed a new computer tool to search Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) before and after image pairs for […]

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Hinode Satellite Views Solar Eclipse

October 28, 2014

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Satellite Captures Footage of Solar Eclipse

The Hinode satellite was able to capture x-ray footage of last week’s solar eclipse. Cambridge, Massachusetts – The moon passed between the Earth and the sun on Thursday, October 23. While avid stargazers in North America looked up to watch the spectacle, the best vantage point was several hundred miles above the North Pole. The […]

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Hubble Image of the Week: A Galaxy on the Edge

October 27, 2014

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Hubble Views Galaxy NGC 4762

This Hubble image of the week shows lenticular galaxy NGC 4762, which is located roughly 58 million light-years away. This spectacular image was captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS). The bright streak slicing across the frame is an edge-on view of galaxy NGC 4762, and a number of other […]

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Hubble Views Comet Siding Spring Passing Mars

October 24, 2014

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Hubble Views Comet Siding Spring Near Mars

This new composite image of comet Siding Spring was captured by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope as Sliding Spring made its never-before-seen close passage of Mars. Siding Spring, officially designated Comet C/2013 A1, made its closest approach to Mars at 2:28 p.m. EDT on October 19, at a distance of approximately 87,000 miles. That is about […]

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Chandra X-ray Observatory Image of PSR B1509-58: Illusions in the Cosmic Clouds

October 23, 2014

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Chandra Xray Observatory Image Illusions in the Cosmic Clouds

First released in 2009, this Chandra image shows PSR B1509-58 – a spinning neutron star surrounded by a cloud of energetic particles. Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon where people see recognizable shapes in clouds, rock formations, or otherwise unrelated objects or data. There are many examples of this phenomenon on Earth and in space. When […]

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New Spitzer Image: Galactic Wheel of Life Shines in Infrared

October 23, 2014

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Spitzer Views Galaxy NGC 1291

A newly released image from the Spitzer Space Telescope shows galaxy NGC 1291, which is located about 33 million light-years away in the constellation Eridanus. It might look like a spoked wheel or even a “Chakram” weapon wielded by warriors like “Xena,” from the fictional TV show, but this ringed galaxy is actually a vast […]

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Chandra Celebrates a Decade and a Half in Space

October 22, 2014

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Chandra Archive Images

To celebrate Chandra’s decade and a half in space, a variety of composite images have been released from Chandra’s archive. Every year, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory looks at hundreds of objects throughout space to help expand our understanding of the Universe. Ultimately, these data are stored in the Chandra Data Archive, an electronic repository that […]

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First Resolved Image of the Nucleus of a Long-Period Comet

October 21, 2014

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New NASA MRO Images of Comet Siding Spring

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured new images of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring, resulting in the first resolved image of the nucleus of a long-period comet. These images were taken of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on October 19, 2014, during the comet’s close flyby of Mars and the […]

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Hubble Views the Whirling Disc of NGC 4526

October 20, 2014

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The Whirling Disc of NGC 4526

This new Hubble image of the week shows NGC 4526, which is one of the brightest known lenticular galaxies. This neat little galaxy is known as NGC 4526. Its dark lanes of dust and bright diffuse glow make the galaxy appear to hang like a halo in the emptiness of space in this new image […]

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