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Chandra Reveals the Birth of a “Radio Phoenix”

August 27, 2015

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Chandra Discovers a Radio Phoenix Abell 1033

Using X-ray, radio, and optical data, a team of astronomers has discovered a “radio phoenix” in Abell 1033. This system contains the collision of two galaxy clusters located about 1.6 billion light years from Earth. Astronomers have found evidence for a faded electron cloud “coming back to life,” much like the mythical phoenix, after two […]

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Hubble Explores the Wings of the Twin Jet Nebula

August 26, 2015

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Hubble Space Telescope Views the Twin Jet Nebula

This newly released Hubble image shows the Twin Jet Nebula, which is a striking example of a bipolar planetary nebula. Astronomers have shown that the nebula’s size increases with time, and measurements of this rate of increase suggest that the stellar outburst that formed the lobes occurred just 1200 years ago. The shimmering colors visible […]

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NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Delivers Sharper Images Ceres

August 25, 2015

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Dawn Zooms in on Ceres

New images from NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft reveal the small world’s features in unprecedented detail, including Ceres’ tall, conical mountain, crater formation features and narrow, braided fractures. “Dawn is performing flawlessly in this new orbit as it conducts its ambitious exploration. The spacecraft’s view is now three times as sharp as in its previous mapping orbit, […]

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ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory Views Cosmic Cloud Mon R2

August 24, 2015

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Herschel Space Observatory Views Feathery Filaments in Mon R2

This new image from ESA’s Herschel space observatory reveals fierce flashes of light rippling through delicate tendrils of gas in the heart of a large and dense cosmic cloud known as Mon R2. This cloud lies some 2700 light-years away and is studded with hot, newly-formed stars. Packed into the bright center of this region […]

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ESO Views the Ghost of a Dying Star – Planetary Nebula ESO 378-1

August 24, 2015

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New Image of Planetary Nebula ESO 378-1

A new image from ESO’s Very Large Telescope provides the best view to date of planetary nebula ESO 378-1. This extraordinary bubble, glowing like the ghost of a star in the haunting darkness of space, may appear supernatural and mysterious, but it is a familiar astronomical object: a planetary nebula, the remnants of a dying […]

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Newly Released Hubble Image of Globular Cluster NGC 1783

August 24, 2015

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New Hubble Image of Globular Cluster NGC 1783

This newly released Hubble image shows globular cluster NGC 1783, which is about 160,000 light-years from Earth. Shown here in a new image taken with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) on board the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is the globular cluster NGC 1783. This is one of the biggest globular clusters in the Large […]

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Astronomers Study Textured Dust Storms on Mars

August 21, 2015

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Dust Storms on Mars

A new analysis of textured dust storms from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics examines data over eight years of MGS observations and finds that such storms account for about half of all the dust in the Martian atmosphere. In the 1870’s astronomers first noted the presence of yellow clouds on the surface of Mars and […]

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New Digital Calendar Celebrates 12th Anniversary of the Spitzer Space Telescope

August 21, 2015

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NASA Calendar Helps Celebrate the 12th Anniversary of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope

NASA has released a new digital calendar to celebrate the 12th anniversary of the Spitzer Space Telescope. The calendar showcases some of the mission’s most notable discoveries and popular cosmic images. The digital calendar is online at: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/images/spitzer/20150820/Spitzer12thAnniversaryCalendar.pdf The calendar follows the life of the mission, with each month highlighting top infrared images and discoveries […]

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NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Views Dione for the Last Time

August 21, 2015

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Cassini Spacecraft Views Dione for the Last Time

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft has captured new images of Saturn’s moon Dione during its last close approach to the small, icy world. Two of the new images show the surface of Dione at the best resolution ever. Cassini passed 295 miles (474 kilometers) above Dione’s surface at 11:33 a.m. PDT (2:33 p.m. EDT) on August 17. […]

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ESO Views Star Cluster IC 4651

August 19, 2015

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New Image of Star Cluster IC 4651

This colorful image from the European Southern Observatory shows an open cluster of stars known as IC 4651, a stellar grouping that lies at in the constellation of Ara. Open star clusters like the one seen here are not just perfect subjects for pretty pictures. Most stars form within clusters and these clusters can be […]

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Astronaut Scott Kelly Views Aurora’s Colorful Veil Over Earth

August 18, 2015

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NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Views Aurora's Colorful Veil Over Earth

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly shares his view of an aurora trailing a colorful veil over Earth. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) shared this photograph on social media, taken from the International Space Station on August 15, 2015. Kelly wrote, “#Aurora trailing a colorful veil over Earth this morning. Good morning from @space_station! #YearInSpace” The dancing […]

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Astronomers Uncover the Ghostly Remnants of Galaxy Interactions

August 17, 2015

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The Ghostly Remnants of Galaxy Interactions Revealed

Using the Subaru Telescope, a team of astronomers reveal the ghostly remnants of galaxy interactions in a nearby galaxy group. Astronomers using the Subaru Telescope’s Hyper Suprime-Cam prime-focus camera recently observed the nearby large spiral galaxy M81, together with its two brightest neighbors, M82 and NGC 3077. The results of their observations are deep, super […]

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Hubble Image of the Week: A Cosmic Couple

August 17, 2015

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Hubble Image of Star Hen 2-427 and Nebula M1-67

This newly released Hubble image shows star Hen 2-427 and nebula M1-67. Here we see the spectacular cosmic pairing of the star Hen 2-427 (more commonly known as WR 124) and the nebula M1-67 which surrounds it. Both objects, captured here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope are found in the constellation of Sagittarius and […]

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Cassini Spacecraft Will Make Last Close Flyby of Dione in August

August 14, 2015

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Cassini to Make Last Close Flyby of Saturn Moon Dione

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft will make its final close flyby of Saturn’s moon Dione on August 17. Cassini’s closest approach, within 295 miles (474 kilometers) of Dione’s surface, will occur at 11:33 a.m. PDT (2:33 p.m. EDT). Mission controllers expect fresh images to begin arriving on Earth within a couple of days following the encounter. Cassini […]

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Rosetta Spacecraft Views an Outburst from Comet 67P

August 12, 2015

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Outburst from Comet 67P Viewed by Rosetta

A new set of images from the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft shows a short-lived outburst from comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft has been witnessing growing activity from comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko as the comet approaches perihelion (its closest point to the sun during its orbit). On July 29, while the spacecraft orbited at […]

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New NASA Video Highlights Dwarf Planet Ceres

August 10, 2015

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New Video of Dwarf Planet Ceres Flyby

This new video from NASA’s Dawn mission reveals details of the brightest spots and other features on dwarf planet Ceres. Take a tour of weird Ceres! Visit a 2-mile-deep crater and a 4-mile-tall mountain in the video narrated by mission director Marc Rayman. Get your red/blue glasses ready for the finale – a global view […]

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DSCOVR Satellite Views Moon Crossing Face of Earth

August 10, 2015

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NASA Satellite Shows Moon Crossing Face of Earth

Scientists reveal a unique view of the moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of Earth last month. A NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captured a unique view of the moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of Earth last month. The series of […]

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Newly Released Hubble Image: A Mess of Stars

August 10, 2015

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Hubble Views Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 428

This newly released Hubble image shows barred spiral galaxy NGC 428. Bursts of pink and red, dark lanes of mottled cosmic dust, and a bright scattering of stars — this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows part of a messy barred spiral galaxy known as NGC 428. It lies approximately 48 million light-years away from […]

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