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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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Newly Released ESO Image of Messier 11

October 2, 2014

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ESO Views the Wild Duck Cluster

This new image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory shows of one of the most star-rich open clusters currently known — Messier 11, also known as NGC 6705 or the Wild Duck Cluster. Messier 11 is an open cluster, sometimes referred to as a galactic cluster, located around 6,000 light-years away in the constellation of Scutum […]

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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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