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Shadow Below – New Cassini Image of Saturn

June 21, 2016

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New Cassini Image of the Planet Saturn

This newly released Cassini image of Saturn was captured this past March. As Saturn’s northern hemisphere summer approaches, the shadows of the rings creep ever southward across the planet. Here, the ring shadows appear to obscure almost the entire southern hemisphere, while the planet’s north pole and its six-sided jet stream, known as “the hexagon,” […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – The Stars of the Large Magellanic Cloud

June 20, 2016

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Hubble Views Stars of the Large Magellanic Cloud

This newly released Hubble image shows the globular cluster NGC 1854, a gathering of white and blue stars in the southern constellation of Dorado (The Dolphinfish). NGC 1854 is located about 135,000 light-years away, in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), one of our closest cosmic neighbors and a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way. The […]

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Cassini Views a Disruption in Saturn’s Narrow F Ring

June 13, 2016

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Cassini Views a Disruption in Saturn's Ring

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft captures a small disruption in Saturn’s F ring; which was likely caused by the interaction of a small object embedded in the ring itself and material in the core of the ring. A bright disruption in Saturn’s narrow F ring suggests it may have been disturbed recently. This feature was mostly likely […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Scattered Stars in Sagittarius

June 13, 2016

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Hubble Views Scattered Stars

This newly released Hubble image shows scattered stars across the constellation of Sagittarius. This colorful and star-studded view of the Milky Way galaxy was captured when the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope pointed its cameras towards the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer). Blue stars can be seen scattered across the frame, set against a distant backdrop […]

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New Horizons Spacecraft Views Jagged Shores of Pluto’s Highlands

June 10, 2016

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New Image of the Jagged Shores of Pluto’s Highlands

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft zooms in Pluto’s great ice plains and Krun Macula. This enhanced color view from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft shows the southeastern portion of Pluto’s great ice plains, where at lower right the plains border rugged, dark highlands informally named Krun Macula. (Krun is the lord of the underworld in the Mandaean […]

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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Reveals Frosted Dunes on Mars

June 7, 2016

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New Image Shows Frosted Dunes on Mars

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured this image of sand dunes on Mars. Sand dunes cover much of this terrain, which has large boulders lying on flat areas between the dunes. It is late winter in the southern hemisphere of Mars, and these dunes are just getting enough sunlight to start defrosting their seasonal cover of […]

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New Cassini Image of Titan above Saturn’s Rings

June 6, 2016

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New Cassini Image

NASA reveals another image of Titan and Saturn. Distant Titan, its northern hemisphere drenched in the sunlight of late spring, hangs above Saturn’s rings. What might at first glance look like a gap between the rings and the planet is actually Saturn’s shadow. During most of Saturn’s long year, the projection of the planet’s shadow […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Dwarf Galaxy UGC 4879

June 6, 2016

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Hubble Views Dwarf Galaxy UGC 4879

This newly released Hubble image shows dwarf galaxy UGC 4879, which is located about 4 million light years away. The drizzle of stars scattered across this image forms a galaxy known as UGC 4879. UGC 4879 is an irregular dwarf galaxy — as the name suggests, galaxies of this type are a little smaller and […]

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New Horizons Reveals Secrets from Pluto’s ‘Twilight Zone’

June 2, 2016

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New Horizons Spacecraft Reveals Secrets of Pluto’s Twilight Zone

New images from the New Horizons Spacecraft reveal the complex atmospheric haze layers of Pluto. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft took this stunning image of Pluto only a few minutes after closest approach on July 14, 2015. The image was obtained at a high phase angle –that is, with the sun on the other side of […]

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New Cassini Image of Saturn’s Moons Janus and Mimas

May 31, 2016

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New Cassini Image of Janus and Mimas

A newly released image of Saturn’s moons Janus and Mimas from the Cassini Spacecraft. Saturn’s moons Janus and Mimas coast in their silent orbits beyond the rings in this view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The ansa, or outer edge of the rings, is visible at left. Janus hangs above center, while Mimas shines at right. […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Globular Cluster NGC 6496

May 31, 2016

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New Hubble Image of Globular Cluster NGC 6496

This newly released Hubble image shows globular cluster NGC 6496, which is located about 35,000 light years away. This 10.5-billion-year-old globular cluster, NGC 6496, is home to heavy-metal stars of a celestial kind! The stars comprising this spectacular spherical cluster are enriched with much higher proportions of metals — elements heavier than hydrogen and helium, […]

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New Close-Up View of Pluto’s Surface

May 27, 2016

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Best Close-Up of Pluto's Surface

This new close-up image of Pluto’s surface is the most detailed image revealed to date by they New Horizons Spacecraft. This is the most detailed view of Pluto’s terrain you’ll see for a very long time. This mosaic strip – extending across the hemisphere that faced the New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past Pluto […]

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SDO Views Coronal Hole in Our Sun

May 26, 2016

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SDO Peers Into Huge Coronal Hole

This new image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a coronal hole in our sun. This imagery of the sun captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory from May 17-19, 2016, shows a giant dark area on the star’s upper half, known as a coronal hole. Coronal holes are low-density regions of the sun’s atmosphere, known […]

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Hubble Telescope Close-up of the Red Planet

May 23, 2016

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Hubble Close-up of the Red Planet

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers captured this striking image of Mars, when the planet was 50 million miles from Earth. The photo reveals details as small as 20 miles to 30 miles across. On May 30th, Mars will be the closest it has been to Earth in 11 years, at a distance of 46.8 […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – The Colorful Galaxies in the Constellation of Leo

May 23, 2016

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Hubble Views the Colorful Galaxies of the Lion

This newly released Hubble image reveals the colorful galaxies in the constellation of Leo. Nearly as deep as the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, which contains approximately 10,000 galaxies, this incredible image from the NASA/ESA Space Telescope reveals thousands of colorful galaxies in the constellation of Leo (The Lion). This vibrant view of the early Universe […]

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ESO Views the Glowing Gas Cloud LHA 120-N55

May 20, 2016

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New ESO Image of the Colorful Emission Nebula LHA 120-N55

This newly released ESO image shows the glowing gas cloud LHA 120-N55 in the Large Magellanic Cloud. In this image from ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), light from blazing blue stars energises the gas left over from the stars’ recent formation. The result is a strikingly colourful emission nebula, called LHA 120-N55, in which the […]

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Cassini Image of Saturn’s Rings and Its Moon Prometheus

May 16, 2016

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Cassini Image of Prometheus and Saturn's Rings

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft views Saturn’s Rings and its neighboring moon Prometheus. Most planetary rings appear to be shaped, at least in part, by moons orbiting their planets, but nowhere is that more evident than in Saturn’s F ring. Filled with kinks, jets, strands and gores, the F ring has been sculpted by its two neighboring […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Lenticular Galaxy NGC 5308

May 16, 2016

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New Hubble Image of Lenticular Galaxy NGC 5308

This newly released Hubble image shows lenticular galaxy NGC 5308, which is located roughly 100 million light-years away. This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows star clusters encircling a galaxy, like bees buzzing around a hive. The hive in question the an edge-on lenticular galaxy NGC 5308, located just under 100 million light-years away in […]

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