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X-Rays from Eta Carinae Reveal Clues about the Double Star System

August 27, 2014

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Chandra Views the Eta Carinae Star System

The Eta Carinae star system reveals new clues about its nature through the X-rays it generates, including how the winds from the stars interact. The Eta Carinae star system does not lack for superlatives. Not only does it contain one of the biggest and brightest stars in our galaxy, weighing at least 90 times the […]

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New Image Provides the Best View Yet of Merging Galaxies in Distant Universe

August 26, 2014

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New View of Merging Galaxies in the Distant Universe

Astronomers have obtained the best view yet of a collision that took place between two galaxies when the Universe was only half its current age. Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), and many other telescopes on the ground and in space, an international team of astronomers has obtained the best view yet of a […]

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Pluto-Bound New Horizons Gets a Distant Look at Neptune and Triton

August 26, 2014

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New Horizons Views Neptune

This newly released image of Neptune and its large moon Triton was captured by NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft as it continues on its voyager towards Pluto. NASA’s Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has traversed the orbit of Neptune. This is its last major crossing en route to becoming the first probe to make a close encounter […]

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Solar Dynamics Observatory Captures Images of Recent M5 Solar Flare

August 26, 2014

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NASA Views M5 Solar Flare

New images from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory show the M5 solar flare that erupted on August 24, 2014. On August 24, 2014, the sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 8:16 a.m. EDT. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the flare, which erupted on the left side of the sun. Solar flares are […]

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Historic Voyager 2 Image of Neptune

August 25, 2014

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Image of Neptune from Voyager 2

This historic image of Neptune was taken twenty-five years ago by NASA’s Voyager 2 Spacecraft. NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft gave humanity its first glimpse of Neptune and its moon Triton in the summer of 1989. This picture of Neptune was produced from the last whole planet images taken through the green and orange filters on […]

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Hubble Image of the Day: A Variety of Intriguing Cosmic Phenomena

August 25, 2014

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Hubble Image of the Day Shows a Variety of Intriguing Cosmic Phenomena

This newly released Hubble Space Telescope image shows a variety of intriguing cosmic phenomena – like a star is in the early stages of its life and a dark nebula called Dobashi 4173. Surrounded by bright stars, towards the upper middle of the frame we see a small young stellar object (YSO) known as SSTC2D […]

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The Destructive Results of a Mighty Supernova Explosion

August 21, 2014

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Composite Images Shows Results of a Mighty Supernova Explosion

This composite image shows the remnant of a supernova that would have been witnessed on Earth 3,700 years ago. This image from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton reveals the destructive results of a mighty supernova explosion in a delicate blend of infrared and X-ray light. The […]

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Two Star Formation Regions in the Southern Milky Way

August 20, 2014

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New Image Reveals Two Dramatic Star Formation Regions in the Southern Milky Way

This new image from the European Southern Observatory shows two dramatic star formation regions (NGC 3603 and NGC 3576) in the southern Milky Way. This image, captured by the Wide Field Imager at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile, shows two dramatic star formation regions in the southern Milky Way. The first is of these, […]

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New Curiosity Image from ‘Bonanza King’ Target

August 20, 2014

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Curiosity Image of Bonanza King Target

This newly released image from NASA’s Curiosity Rover shows a gray patch of rock material at the “Bonanza King” location. NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover used the Dust Removal Tool on its robotic arm to brush aside reddish, more-oxidized dust, revealing a gray patch of less-oxidized rock material at a target called “Bonanza King,” visible in […]

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New ESA Image of Craters within the Hellas Basin on Mars

August 18, 2014

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New Image of the Craters within the Hellas Basin of Mars

This newly released Mars Express image shows craters within the Hellas Basin in the southern highlands of Mars. Scarring the southern highlands of Mars is one of the Solar System’s largest impact basins: Hellas, with a diameter of 2300 km and a depth of over 7 km. Hellas is thought to have formed between 3.8 […]

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New Rosetta Image of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

August 18, 2014

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New Detailed Image of 67P Churyumov Gerasimenko

Taken by ESA’s Rosetta Spacecraft, this new image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko shows the diversity of surface structures on the comet’s nucleus. The image was taken by the Rosetta spacecraft’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on August 7, 2014. At the time, the spacecraft was 65 miles (104 kilometers) away from the 2.5-mile-wide (4-kilometer) nucleus. In the image, […]

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Hubble Views the Constellation of Canes Venatici

August 18, 2014

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New Hubble Image Shows Multiple Objects

This newly released Hubble image shows multiple Messier objects and numerous galaxies in the Canes Venatici constellation. This stunning new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows part of the sky in the constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs). Although this region of the sky is not home to any stellar heavyweights, being […]

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