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VISTA Survey Reveals Hidden Secrets of Orion’s Clouds

January 17, 2017

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VISTA Reveals Hidden Secrets of Orion’s Clouds

The VISTA infrared survey telescope reveals the most detailed view of Orion A molecular cloud in the near-infrared. The new image from the VISION survey (VIenna Survey In Orion) is a montage of images taken in the near-infrared part of the spectrum by the VISTA survey telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. It covers […]

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Juno Spacecraft Image Shows Crescent Jupiter with the Great Red Spot

January 16, 2017

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Juno Image Shows Jupiter with the Great Red Spot

Using data from Juno’s JunoCam instrument, citizen scientist Roman Tkachenko created this image of a crescent Jupiter and the iconic Great Red Spot. The image also shows a series of storms shaped like white ovals, known informally as the ‘string of pearls.’ Below the Great Red Spot a reddish long-lived storm known as Oval BA […]

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Hubble Telescope Views a Slice of Sagittarius

January 16, 2017

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Hubble Views a Slice of Sagittarius

This Hubble image of the week shows part of the sky in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer). The region is rendered in exquisite detail — deep red and bright blue stars are scattered across the frame, set against a background of thousands of more distant stars and galaxies. Two features are particularly striking: the […]

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Video Shows Images of Titan’s Surface from Huygens Probe

January 13, 2017

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Cassini Finds Monstrous Ice Cloud in Titan’s South Polar Region

On January 14, 2005, ESA’s Huygens probe made its descent to the surface of Saturn’s hazy moon, Titan. Carried to Saturn by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, Huygens made the most distant landing ever on another world, and the only landing on a body in the outer solar system. This video uses actual images taken by the […]

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Cassini Views Mimas’ Mountain

January 10, 2017

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New Cassini Image of Mimas' Mountain

This newly released Cassini image shows Herschel Crater on Saturn’s Moon Mimas, revealing an indication of the size of the crater’s towering walls and central peak. Named after the icy moon’s discoverer, astronomer William Herschel, the crater stretches 86 miles (139 kilometers) wide — almost one-third of the diameter of Mimas (246 miles or 396 […]

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Hubble Views a Black Hole of Puzzling Lightness

January 9, 2017

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy RX J1140.1+0307

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy RX J1140.1+0307, which is located one billion light-years away. This image taken with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) onboard the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captures a galaxy in the Virgo constellation. This camera was installed in 2002, and its wide field of view is double that […]

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When Galaxies Collide – Hubble Views IRAS 14348-1447

January 2, 2017

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New Hubble Image of IRAS 14348-1447

This Hubble image of the week shows IRAS 14348-1447, which is located over a billion light-years away. This delicate smudge in deep space is far more turbulent than it first appears. Known as IRAS 14348-1447 — a name derived in part from that of its discoverer, the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS for short) — this […]

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ESO Image of the Week – Planets in the Making

December 29, 2016

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Planets in the Making Around Young Star HD 163296

This newly released ESO image shows a disc of rotating, leftover material surrounding the young star HD 163296. Our Solar System formed out of a huge, primordial cloud of gas and dust. The vast majority of that cloud formed the Sun, while the leftover disc of rotating material around it eventually coalesced into the orbiting […]

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Hubble Views Two Festive-Looking Emission Nebulae

December 26, 2016

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Festive Nebulae Light Up Milky Way Galaxy Satellite

The Hubble Space Telescope captured two festive-looking emission nebulae conjoined so they appear as one. The sheer observing power of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is rarely better illustrated than in an image such as this. This glowing pink nebula, named NGC 248, is located in the Small Magellanic Cloud, just under 200,000 light-years away […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Megamaser IRAS 16399-0937

December 26, 2016

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Megamaser IRAS 16399-0937

This newly released Hubble image shows megamaser IRAS 16399-0937, which is located over 370 million light-years away. This galaxy has a far more exciting and futuristic classification than most — it is a megamaser. Megamasers are intensely bright, around 100 million times brighter than the masers found in galaxies like the Milky Way. The entire […]

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NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Captures New Image of Jupiter

December 14, 2016

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New Image of Jupiter from Juno

This newly released Juno image highlights the seventh of eight features forming a ‘string of pearls’ on Jupiter. This image, taken by the JunoCam imager on NASA’s Juno spacecraft, highlights the seventh of eight features forming a ‘string of pearls’ on Jupiter — massive counterclockwise rotating storms that appear as white ovals in the gas […]

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Hubble Takes a Closer Look at Spiral Galaxy IC 5201

December 12, 2016

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy IC 5201

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy IC 5201, which is located 40 million light-years away. In 1900, astronomer Joseph Lunt made a discovery: Peering through a telescope at Cape Town Observatory, the British–South African scientist spotted this beautiful sight in the southern constellation of Grus (The Crane): a barred spiral galaxy now named […]

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NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Reveals First Images from New Orbit

December 7, 2016

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Cassini Spacecraft Shows Saturn's Northern Hemisphere

New images from NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft from its new orbit of Saturn. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has sent to Earth its first views of Saturn’s atmosphere since beginning the latest phase of its mission. The new images show scenes from high above Saturn’s northern hemisphere, including the planet’s intriguing hexagon-shaped jet stream. Cassini began its new […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – NGC 4388

December 5, 2016

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Hubble Telescope Views NGC 4388

This newly released Hubbleimage show NGC 4388, which is located 60 million light-years away. The constellation of Virgo (The Virgin) is especially rich in galaxies, due in part to the presence of a massive and gravitationally-bound collection of over 1300 galaxies called the Virgo Cluster. One particular member of this cosmic community, NGC 4388, is […]

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New Cassini Image Shows a Tiny Mimas, Huge Saturn Rings

November 28, 2016

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Cassini Sees Tiny Mimas Huge Rings

In this new image from the Cassini Spacecraft, Saturn’s icy moon Mimas is dwarfed by the planet’s enormous rings. Because Mimas (near lower left) appears tiny by comparison, it might seem that the rings would be far more massive, but this is not the case. Scientists think the rings are no more than a few […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Irregular Galaxy IC 3583

November 28, 2016

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Hubble Views Irregular Galaxy IC 3583

This newly released Hubble image shows a delicate blue group of stars — actually an irregular galaxy named IC 3583 — located 30 million light-years away in the constellation of Virgo (The Virgin). It may seem to have no discernible structure, but IC 3583 has been found to have a bar of stars running through […]

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NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Views Craters Takel and Cozobi

November 17, 2016

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Dawn Spacecraft Views Craters Takel and Cozobi

This newly released image from NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft shows craters Takel and Cozobi on Ceres. The craters Takel and Cozobi are featured in this image of Ceres from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft. Takel is the young crater with bright material on the left of this image, and Cozobi is the sharply defined crater just below center. […]

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Cassini Spacecraft Views Saturn’s ‘Watercolor’ Swirl

November 14, 2016

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Cassini Views Saturn's 'Watercolor' Swirls

In this newly released image from the Cassini Spacecraft you can see Saturn’s north polar region, which somewhat resemble the brushwork in a watercolor painting. Each latitudinal band represents air flowing at different speeds, and clouds at different heights, compared to neighboring bands. Where they meet and flow past each other, the bands’ interactions produce […]

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