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Terra Satellite Sees Shadows of Solar Eclipse in the Arctic Ocean

March 23, 2015

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Terra Satellite Views Shadows of Solar Eclipse

NASA’s Terra satellite captured this view of the clouds in the Arctic Ocean during last week’s total solar eclipse. During the morning of March 20, 2015, a total solar eclipse was visible from parts of Europe, and a partial solar eclipse from northern Africa and northern Asia. NASA’s Terra satellite passed over the Arctic Ocean […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – A Galaxy on the Edge

March 23, 2015

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy NGC 5023

This newly released Hubble image shows an edge-on view of the spiral galaxy NGC 5023. Due to its orientation we cannot appreciate its spiral arms, but we can admire the elegant profile of its disc. The galaxy lies over 30 million light-years away from us. NGC 5023 is part of the M51 group of galaxies. […]

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New VLT Image Shows Star Cluster NGC 6193 and Nebula NGC 6188

March 17, 2015

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Star Cluster NGC 6193 and Nebula NGC 6188

This newly released image from the VLT Survey Telescope shows the young open cluster NGC 6193 in the center, and the emission nebula NGC 6188 to the right. This dramatic landscape in the southern constellation of Ara (The Altar) is a treasure trove of celestial objects. Star clusters, emission nebulae and active star-forming regions are […]

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Hubble Views Blue Compact Dwarf Galaxy SBS 1415+437

March 16, 2015

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Hubble Views PGC 51017

This newly released Hubble image shows blue compact dwarf galaxy SBS 1415+437. The bright streak of glowing gas and stars in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image is known as PGC 51017, or SBS 1415+437. It is type of galaxy known as a blue compact dwarf. This particular dwarf is well studied and has an […]

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Hubble’s View of the Orion Nebula

March 11, 2015

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Hubble Image of the Orion Nebula

First released in 2006, this popular image reveals Hubble’s sharpest view to date of the Orion Nebula. The image offers a peek inside a cavern of roiling dust and gas where thousands of stars are forming. The image, taken by the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) aboard NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, represents the sharpest view […]

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Hubble Views Multiple Images of a Highly Magnified Supernova for the First Time

March 9, 2015

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Hubble Sees Multiple Images of a Highly Magnified Supernova for the First Time

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers has spotted four images of a distant exploding star for the first time. The images are arranged in a cross-shaped pattern by the powerful gravity of a foreground galaxy embedded in a massive cluster of galaxies. The supernova discovery paper appears in a special issue of […]

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Hubble Image of the Week: The Mysteries of UGC 8201

March 9, 2015

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Hubble Views Irregular Galaxy UGC 8201

This newly released Hubble image shows irregular galaxy UGC 8201, which is located roughly 15 million light-years away. The galaxy UGC 8201, captured here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is a dwarf irregular galaxy, so called because of its small size and chaotic structure. It lies just under 15 million light-years away from us […]

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The Senkyo Region of Titan

March 5, 2015

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New Cassini Image of Titan

This new Cassini image was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.2 million miles and looks toward the Saturn-facing side of Titan. Named after a Japanese paradise, the Senkyo region of Titan (the dark area below and to the right of center) is a bit less welcoming than its namesake. With a very inhospitable average […]

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ALMA and VLT Reveal Dusty and Evolved Galaxy

March 2, 2015

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Hubble Views Galaxy Cluster Abell 1689

New observations from the Very Large Telescope along with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array have revealed a dusty galaxy seen when the Universe was just 700 million years old. One of the most distant galaxies ever observed has provided astronomers with the first detection of dust in such a remote star-forming system and tantalizing evidence […]

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Hubble Picture of the Week: A Young Star Takes Center Stage

March 2, 2015

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New Hubble Image of V1331 Cyg

This newly released Hubble images shows the T Tauri star known as V1331 Cyg. With its helical appearance resembling a snail’s shell, this reflection nebula seems to spiral out from a luminous central star in this new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image. The star in the center, known as V1331 Cyg and located in the […]

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Dawn Spacecraft Shows Crater Shapes on Ceres’ Surface

February 25, 2015

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New Images of Dwarf Planet Ceres

These new images from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft show the full range of different crater shapes that can be found at Ceres’ surface: From shallow, flattish craters to those with peaks at their centers. Dwarf planet Ceres continues to puzzle scientists as NASA’s Dawn spacecraft gets closer to being captured into orbit around the object. The […]

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A Closer Look at the Colors of the Small Magellanic Cloud

February 23, 2015

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New Image of the Small Magellanic Cloud

This composite image used data from Herschel’s Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (SPIRE), Photodetector Array Camera and Spectrometer (PACS), and Spitzer’s Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS) to get a better view of the Small Magellanic Cloud. Astronomical images often look like works of art. This picture of one of our nearest neighboring galaxies, the Small Magellanic […]

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Hubble Image of Globular Cluster Palomar 12

February 23, 2015

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Hubble Views Globular Cluster Palomar 12

Using Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys, astronomers view a globular cluster of stars known as Palomar 12. Panta rhei is a simplified version of the famous Greek philosopher Heraclitus’ teachings. It basically means, everything flows. And everything in the Universe is indeed continually on the move, spiraling and shifting through space. Some cosmic objects move […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – A Galactic Cloak for an Exploding Star

February 23, 2015

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New Hubble Image of Spiral Galaxy NGC 4424

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy NGC 4424. The galaxy pictured here is NGC 4424, located in the constellation of Virgo. It is not visible with the naked eye but has been captured here with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Although it may not be obvious from this image, NGC 4424 is in […]

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Hubble Reveals Detailed View of Circumstellar Debris Disk Encircling Beta Pictoris

February 20, 2015

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Hubble Views Beta Pictoris

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have captured the most detailed picture to date of a large disk of gas and dust encircling the 20 million-year-old star Beta Pictoris. Beta Pictoris is the only star to date where astronomers have detected an embedded giant planet in a directly-imaged debris disk. The planet, which was discovered […]

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NASA’s Dawn Captures Sharper Images of Ceres

February 17, 2015

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Dawn Captures Sharper Image of Ceres

This new image from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft reveals more details of the dwarf planet Ceres. Craters and mysterious bright spots are beginning to pop out in the latest images of Ceres from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft. These images, taken February 12 at a distance of 52,000 miles (83,000 kilometers) from the dwarf planet, pose intriguing questions […]

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Hubble Views Globular Cluster Palomar 12

February 16, 2015

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Hubble Views Globular Cluster of Stars Palomar 12

This newly released Hubble image shows a globular cluster of stars known as Palomar 12. Panta rhei is a simplified version of the famous greek philosopher Heraclitus’ teachings. It basically means, everything flows. And everything in the Universe is indeed continually on the move, spiraling and shifting through space. Some cosmic objects move a little […]

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