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New VLT Image of Cometary Globule CG4

January 28, 2015

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Cometary Globule CG4

This newly released image from ESO’s Very Large Telescope shows cometary globule CG4, which is located about 1300 light-years from Earth. Like the gaping mouth of a gigantic celestial creature, the cometary globule CG4 glows menacingly in this new image from ESO’s Very Large Telescope. Although it appears to be big and bright in this […]

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A New Way to Detect the Early Stages of Massive Star Formation

January 28, 2015

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Citizen Scientists Find Mystery Objects in Space

Using data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, volunteers discovered a new way to detect the early stages of massive star formation. Sometimes it takes a village to find new and unusual objects in space. Volunteers scanning tens of thousands of starry images from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, using the Web-based Milky Way Project, recently stumbled […]

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Dawn Spacecraft Captures Best-Ever View of Ceres

January 27, 2015

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Best Ever View of Ceres

The sharpest images ever seen of the dwarf planet Ceres were taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on January 25. The images were taken 147,000 miles (237,000 kilometers) from Ceres and represent a new milestone for a spacecraft that soon will become the first human-made probe to visit a dwarf planet. “We know so little about […]

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Hubble Image of the Week: The Polar Ring of Arp 230

January 26, 2015

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Hubble Views Lenticular Galaxy Arp 230

This newly released Hubble image shows Arp 230, which also known as IC 51. Arp 230 is a galaxy of an uncommon or peculiar shape, and is therefore part of the Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies produced by Halton Arp. Its irregular shape is thought to be the result of a violent collision with another galaxy […]

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Curiosity Rover Marks 11th Anniversary with Hilltop Panorama

January 23, 2015

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Curiosity Marks 11th Anniversary with Hilltop Image

In celebration of its 11th anniversary on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover captured this panorama view from the top of “Cape Tribulation.” A panorama from one of the highest elevations that NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached in its 11 years on Mars includes the U.S. flag at the summit. The view is from the […]

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Chandra Releases Five New Images to Celebrate the International Year of Light

January 22, 2015

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Chandra Celebrates International Year of Light with New Images

To celebrate the International Year of Light (2015) new images are being released from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, along with data in other types of light from various telescopes. The year of 2015 has been declared the International Year of Light (IYL) by the United Nations. Organizations, institutions, and individuals involved in the science and […]

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SDO Collects Its 100-Millionth Image of the Sun

January 21, 2015

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SDO Collects Its 100-Millionth Image

On January 19, 2015, at 12:49 p.m. EST, the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly on NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured its 100 millionth image of the sun. The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly, or AIA, uses four telescopes working parallel to gather eight images of the sun – cycling through 10 different wavelengths — every 12 seconds. Between the […]

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NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Closes in on Ceres, Delivers New Images

January 20, 2015

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Dawn Spacecraft Closes in on Ceres

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has captured new images of dwarf planet Ceres. As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft closes in on Ceres, new images show the dwarf planet at 27 pixels across, about three times better than the calibration images taken in early December. These are the first in a series of images that will be taken for […]

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Hubble Views the Dust Filaments of Spiral Galaxy NGC 4217

January 19, 2015

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New Hubble Image of NGC 4217

In this newly released image, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope takes a close look at the spiral galaxy NGC 4217 – which is located 60 million light-years away. The galaxy is seen almost perfectly edge on and is a perfect candidate for studying the nature of extraplanar dust structures — the patterns of gas and dust […]

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NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory Views M-Class Solar Flare

January 14, 2015

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First Notable Solar Flare of 2015

The first significant solar flare of 2015 was spotted by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 11:24 p.m. EST on January 12, 2015. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from […]

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Newly Released Hubble Image of Galaxy NGC 6861

January 12, 2015

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New Hubble Image of NGC 6861

First discovered in 1826, this newly released Hubble image shows galaxy NGC 6861. The subject of this image is NGC 6861, a galaxy discovered in 1826 by the Scottish astronomer James Dunlop. Almost two centuries later we now know that NGC 6861 is the second brightest member of a group of at least a dozen […]

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NuSTAR Views Colliding Galaxies, Arp 299

January 9, 2015

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NAS Views Colliding Galaxies Arp 299

This newly released image from NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array shows two colliding galaxies, collectively called Arp 299, located 134 million light-years away. Each of the galaxies has a supermassive black hole at its heart. NuSTAR has revealed that the black hole located at the right of the pair is actively gorging on gas, while […]

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ESO Views Lynds Dark Nebula 483

January 7, 2015

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New ESO Image of Lynds Dark Nebula 483

This newly released ESO image shows Lynds Dark Nebula 483, which is located about 700 light-years away in the constellation of Serpens. Some of the stars appear to be missing in this intriguing new ESO image. But the black gap in this glitteringly beautiful starfield is not really a gap, but rather a region of […]

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Panoramic View of the Andromeda Galaxy

January 6, 2015

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Panoramic View of the Andromeda Galaxy from Hubble

This new panoramic image from the Hubble Space Telescope is the sharpest large composite image ever taken of our galactic next-door neighbor – the Andromeda galaxy (M31). Though the Andromeda galaxy is over 2 million light-years away, The Hubble Space Telescope is powerful enough to resolve individual stars in a 61,000-light-year-long stretch of the galaxy’s […]

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Hubble Revisits the “Pillars of Creation”

January 6, 2015

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Improved Hubble Image of the Pillars of Creation

Hubble has revisited the Eagle Nebula, providing astronomers with a sharper and wider view of the famous “Pillars of Creation.” Although NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has taken many breathtaking images of the universe, one snapshot stands out from the rest: the iconic view of the so-called “Pillars of Creation.” The jaw-dropping photo, taken in 1995, […]

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Mars Express Image Shows Chasms and Cliffs on Mars

January 5, 2015

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Mars Express Image of Chasms and Cliffs on Mars

This Mars Express image shows a region of Mars filled with cliffs, trenches, faults, giant plateaus and volcanoes. Although Mars is a very alien planet, some aspects of its geology are surprisingly familiar. The flowing cracks and fault-like lines in this image form part of the Claritas Rupes escarpment, a 950 km-long network of steep […]

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Hubble Image of R Sculptoris and Its Hidden Companion

January 5, 2015

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Hubble Image of the Day R Sculptoris

This newly released Hubble images shows star R Sculptoris, a red giant located 1,500 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Sculptor. Recent observations have shown that the material surrounding R Sculptoris actually forms a spiral structure — a phenomenon probably caused by a hidden companion star orbiting the star. Systems with multiple stars often […]

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