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Cassini Spacecraft Views “Painted” Saturn

September 29, 2014

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New Cassini View of Saturn

Using a spectral filter, this wide-angle camera view of Saturn was taken on April 2, 2014 by the Cassini spacecraft. Saturn’s many cloud patterns, swept along by high-speed winds, look as if they were painted on by some eager alien artist. With no real surface features to slow them down, wind speeds on Saturn can […]

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Newly Released Hubble Image of AG Carinae

September 29, 2014

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Hubble Image of a Shedding Star

This newly released Hubble image shows AG Carinae – a luminous star classified as a Luminous Blue Variable. In this new Hubble image, the strikingly luminous star AG Carinae — otherwise known as HD 94910 — takes center stage. Found within the constellation of Carina in the southern sky, AG Carinae lies 20,000 light-years away, […]

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DDO 68 – A Young Galaxy in the Local Universe?

September 25, 2014

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New Hubble Image of UGC 5340

This new Hubble image reveals what seems to be a recently-formed galaxy in the local universe. Astronomers usually have to peer very far into the distance to see back in time, and view the Universe as it was when it was young. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of galaxy DDO 68, otherwise known […]

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First Mars Observations from NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft

September 25, 2014

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MAVEN Spacecraft Returns First Mars Observations

The above images are the first first observations of the extended upper atmosphere from NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has obtained its first observations of the extended upper atmosphere surrounding Mars. The Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) instrument obtained these false-color images eight hours after the successful completion of Mars […]

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy NGC 7793

September 22, 2014

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Hubble Image of Spiral Galaxy NGC 7793

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy NGC 7793. This new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows NGC 7793, a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Sculptor some 13 million light-years away from Earth. NGC 7793 is one of the brightest galaxies in the Sculptor Group, and one of the closest groups […]

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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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