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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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New SDO Image of the Sun Resembles Jack-o-Lantern Face

October 17, 2014

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New SDO Jack-o-Lantern Sun Image

This new image captured on October 8, 2014 by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory shows active regions on the sun combining to look something like a jack-o-lantern face. The active regions in this image appear brighter because those are areas that emit more light and energy. They are markers of an intense and complex set of […]

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Rosetta “Selfie” with Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in the Background

October 15, 2014

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Rosetta Selfie of Comet 67P

This new image form ESA’s Philae lander shows one of the 52-foot-long solar arrays from the Rosetta spacecraft with comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko hovering in the background. A camera aboard the European Space Agency’s Philae lander snapped this “selfie” of one of the Rosetta spacecraft’s 52-foot-long (16-meter) solar arrays, with comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko hovering in the background some […]

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Cassini Image of Tethys and Saturn’s Rings

October 15, 2014

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Cassini Image of Tethys and Saturns Rings

Taken this past summer, this Cassini image shows Saturn’s moon Tethys through several of Saturn’s rings. Like a drop of dew hanging on a leaf, Tethys appears to be stuck to the A and F rings from this perspective. Tethys (660 miles, or 1,062 kilometers across), like the ring particles, is composed primarily of ice. […]

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ESA Image of the Week: Butterfly Emerges from Stellar Demise of NGC 6302

October 13, 2014

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Hubble Image of the Butterfly Nebula

This ESA image of the week shows the remains of dying star that was once about five times the mass of the Sun. Known as the Butterfly Nebula, it lies within the Milky Way galaxy roughly 3,800 light-years away in the constellation Scorpius. Many celestial objects are beautiful – swirling spiral galaxies or glittering clusters […]

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New Hubble Image: Turquoise-Tinted Plumes in the LMC

October 13, 2014

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Hubble Views Turquoise Tinted Plumes in the Large Magellanic Cloud

This newly released Hubble image shows part of the Tarantula Nebula, which is located in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The brightly glowing plumes seen in this image are reminiscent of an underwater scene, with turquoise-tinted currents and nebulous strands reaching out into the surroundings. However, this is no ocean. This image actually shows part of […]

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New Hubble Image Shows Spiral Galaxy NGC 4206

October 6, 2014

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy NGC 4206

This newly released Hubble image shows the edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 4206, which is located about 70 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Virgo. Captured here are vast streaks of dust, some of which are obscuring the central bulge, which can just be made out in the centre of the galaxy. Towards […]

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