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New Image of Star Cluster NGC 1333 – Stellar Sparklers That Last

July 5, 2015

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New Chandra Image of Star Cluster NGC 1333

This newly released composite image shows star cluster NGC 1333, which is located roughly 780 light years from Earth. While fireworks only last a short time here on Earth, a bundle of cosmic sparklers in a nearby cluster of stars will be going off for a very long time. NGC 1333 is a star cluster […]

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Dwarf Planet Pluto: The ‘Other’ Red Planet

July 3, 2015

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Pluto Another Red Planet

Observations from the New Horizons Spacecraft reveal that Mars isn’t the only red planet in our solar system; dwarf planet Pluto has a reddish color as well. What color is Pluto? The answer, revealed in the first maps made from New Horizons data, turns out to be shades of reddish brown. Although this is reminiscent […]

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New Horizons Spacecraft Reveals Series of Spots on Pluto That Fascinate

July 2, 2015

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New Horizons Reveals Two Distinct Faces of Pluto

The New Horizons Spacecraft has captured new color images of mysterious spots on Pluto. The new color images from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft show two very different faces of the mysterious dwarf planet, one with a series of intriguing spots along the equator that are evenly spaced. Each of the spots is about 300 miles […]

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Could The Prandtl-m Become the First Mars Airplane?

June 30, 2015

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Could This Be the First Mars Airplane

Later this year NASA researchers will test prototype aircraft aerodynamics that could lead to the first aircraft on Mars. When an aircraft makes its first flight on Mars in the 2020s, a NASA Armstrong innovation may have made it possible. A prototype of the Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars, or Prandtl-m, which […]

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NASA Monitors a Rare X-ray Outburst from a Stellar-Mass Black Hole

June 30, 2015

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NASA Monitors a Waking Black Hole

Astronomers around the world are watching the onset of a rare X-ray outburst from a stellar-mass black hole in the binary system V404 Cygni. On June 15, NASA’s Swift caught the onset of a rare X-ray outburst from a stellar-mass black hole in the binary system V404 Cygni. Astronomers around the world are watching the […]

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Meteor Shower Viewed From the Space Station

June 26, 2015

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Meteor Shower Viewed From the Space Station

Today’s NASA Image of the Day is titled “Watching Meteors From the Space Station.” Astronaut Ron Garan, Expedition 28 flight engineer, tweeted this image from the International Space Station in August, 2011 with the following caption: “What a `Shooting Star’ looks like from space, taken yesterday during Perseid Meteor Shower.” A special camera to record […]

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NASA Supercomputer Shows Exoplanet Making Waves in Nearby Debris Disk

June 26, 2015

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NASA Supercomputer Shows Planet Making Waves

Astrophysicists have created a new supercomputer simulation of the planet and debris disk around the Beta Pictoris. The new supercomputer model reveals that the planet’s motion drives spiral waves throughout the disk, a phenomenon that causes collisions among the orbiting debris. Patterns in the collisions and the resulting dust appear to account for many observed […]

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NASA Study Shows Beijing’s Physical Area Quadrupled between 2000 and 2009

June 26, 2015

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Beijing Physical Area Quadrupled in Size in a Decade

Using data from NASA’s QuikScat satellite, a newly published study demonstrates how to quantify urban growth based on observed changes in physical infrastructure. Scientists used this new technique to study the rapid urban growth in Beijing, China, finding that its physical area quadrupled between 2000 and 2009. A team led by Mark Jacobson of Stanford […]

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M7.9-Class Solar Flare Seen by Solar Dynamics Observatory

June 25, 2015

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M7.9-Class Solar Flare Seen by Solar Dynamics Observatory

The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, an M7.9-class, peaking at 4:16 a.m. EDT on June 25, 2015. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event. Image: NASA/SDO

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“Behemoth” Bleeding Atmosphere Around a Warm Exoplanet Discovered by Hubble

June 25, 2015

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This artist's concept shows "The Behemoth," an enormous comet-like cloud of hydrogen bleeding off of a warm, Neptune-sized planet just 30 light-years from Earth. Also depicted is the parent star, which is a faint red dwarf named GJ 436. The hydrogen is evaporating from the planet due to extreme radiation from the star. A phenomenon this large has never before been seen around any exoplanet.

An enormous cloud of hydrogen is bleeding off the warm exoplanet GJ 436b due to exreme radiation from it’s star. The huge cloud is about 50 times the size of the star, and has been dubbed “The Behemoth” by astronomers. Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have discovered an immense cloud of hydrogen dubbed “The […]

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Lights of an Aurora NASA Image of the Day

June 24, 2015

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Lights of an Aurora NASA Image of the Day

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly captured this photo of an aurora from the International Space Station on June 23, 2015. The dancing lights of the aurora provide spectacular views on the ground, but also capture the imagination of scientists who study incoming energy and particles from the sun. Aurora are one effect of such energetic particles, […]

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Flying Over An Aurora NASA Image of the Day

June 23, 2015

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Flying Over An Aurora

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) captured photographs and video of auroras from the International Space Station on June 22, 2015. Kelly wrote, “Yesterday’s aurora was an impressive show from 250 miles up. Good morning from the International Space Station! ‪#‎YearInSpace‬” Image: NASA

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NASA’s Chandra Captures Largest and Brightest Rings Ever from X-ray Light Echoes

June 23, 2015

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NASA's Chandra Captures Largest and Brightest Rings Ever from X-ray Light Echoes

NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has captured x-ray echoes from a neutron star, allowing astronomers to pinpoint the distance to Circinus X-1 from Earth. Astronomers using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory have discovered the largest and brightest set of rings from X-ray light echoes ever observed. These extraordinary rings, produced by an intense flare from a neutron […]

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Triple Crescent Moon Image From Cassini

June 23, 2015

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PIA18322: Triple Crescents

This image taken by the Cassini spacecraft shows three of Saturn’s moons: Titan, Mimas, and Rhea. A single crescent moon is a familiar sight in Earth’s sky, but with Saturn’s many moons, you can see three or even more. The three moons shown here — Titan (3,200 miles or 5,150 kilometers across), Mimas (246 miles […]

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Ceres Spots Remain a Mystery in Latest Dawn Images

June 22, 2015

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Ceres Spots Remain a Mystery in Latest Dawn Images

Although new images from the Dawn spacecraft provide more clues, the unusual bright spots on Ceres continue to mystify. The closer we get to Ceres, the more intriguing the distant dwarf planet becomes. New images of Ceres from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft provide more clues about its mysterious bright spots, and also reveal a pyramid-shaped peak […]

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NASA’s AIM Spacecraft Observes Noctilucent Clouds

June 19, 2015

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AIM Spacecraft Observes Noctilucent Clouds

This composite image shows noctilucent clouds over the Arctic captured by NASA’s Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere Spacecraft. In the late spring and summer, unusual clouds form high in the atmosphere above the polar regions of the world. As the lower atmosphere warms, the upper atmosphere gets coooler, and ice crystals form on meteor […]

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New Research Shows Moon Engulfed in Permanent, Lopsided, Dust Cloud

June 18, 2015

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LADEE Reveals Moon Engulfed in Permanent Dust Cloud

Using data from NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, a new study led by University of Colorado Boulder reveals that the moon is engulfed in a permanent, but lopsided, dust cloud that increases in density when annual events like the Geminids meteor shower spew shooting stars. “Knowledge about the dusty environments in space has […]

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Scientists Discuss the Search for Life in Our Solar System and Beyond

June 15, 2015

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Researchers Discuss Search for Life in the Solar System and Beyond

Follow along as researchers discuss the search for evidence of habitability in our solar system and beyond during the 2015 Astrobiology Science Conference. NASA and university scientists will discuss at 2 p.m. EDT, Tuesday June 16, astrobiology research activities and technology that are advancing the search for evidence of habitability in our solar system and […]

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