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Astronomers Discover X-Ray Echoes from a Black Hole That Shattered a Passing Star

June 23, 2016

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X-ray Echoes of a Shredded Star Provide Close-up of Black Hole

Using data from the Swift Satellite, astronomers have identified the reflections of X-ray flares erupting from a star that was shattered by a black hole. Some 3.9 billion years ago in the heart of a distant galaxy, the intense tidal pull of a monster black hole shredded a star that passed too close. When X-rays […]

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Hubble Telescope Confirms New Dark Spot on Neptune

June 23, 2016

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New Dark Spot on Neptune Confirmed

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has confirmed the presence of a dark vortex in the atmosphere of Neptune. Though similar features were seen during the Voyager 2 flyby of Neptune in 1989 and by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1994, this vortex is the first one observed on Neptune in the 21st century. The discovery was […]

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NASA Juno Mission Trailer – Jupiter: Into the Unknown

June 22, 2016

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NASA Juno Mission Trailer

This short video details NASA’s Juno Mission as it prepares to explore uncharted territory this July. Secrets lie deep within Jupiter, shrouded in the solar system’s strongest magnetic field and most lethal radiation belts. On July 4, 2016, NASA’s Juno spacecraft will plunge into uncharted territory, entering orbit around the gas giant and passing closer […]

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Young Star FU Orionis May Hold Clues to Planet Formation

June 15, 2016

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FU Orionis May Reveal Clues to Planet Formation

By combining data from two telescopes collected over a 12-year interval, astronomers were able to gain a unique perspective on FU Orionis. In 1936, the young star FU Orionis began gobbling material from its surrounding disk of gas and dust with a sudden voraciousness. During a three-month binge, as matter turned into energy, the star […]

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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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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 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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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 Research Shows Giant Tsunamis Once Battered the Coastlines of Mars

May 27, 2016

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Giant Tsunamis Battered an Early Martian Ocean

New research from NASA indicates that giant tsunamis played a fundamental role in forming Martian coastal terrain, removing much of the controversy that for decades shrouded the hypothesis that oceans existed early in Mars’ history. “Imagine a huge wall of red water the size of a high-rise building moving towards you at the speed of […]

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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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NASA Astronomer Reveals Possible Link Between Primordial Black Holes and Dark Matter

May 24, 2016

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Astronomers Suggest Possible Link Between Primordial Black Holes and Dark Matter

A newly published study from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center suggests a possible link between primordial black holes and dark matter. Dark matter is a mysterious substance composing most of the material universe, now widely thought to be some form of massive exotic particle. An intriguing alternative view is that dark matter is made of […]

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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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New Horizons Collects Data on Distant Remnant of the Early Solar System

May 18, 2016

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New Horizons Collects Data on a Post-Pluto Object

Recent observations from NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft reveal new facts about a distant remnant of the early solar system. Warming up for a possible extended mission as it speeds through deep space, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has now twice observed 1994 JR1, a 90-mile-wide (145-kilometer-wide) Kuiper Belt object (KBO) orbiting more than 3 billion miles […]

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NASA Invests in Next Stage of Visionary Technology Development

May 16, 2016

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From Magnetoshells to Growable Habitats, NASA Invests in Next Stage of Visionary Technology Development

Using a peer-review process that evaluated innovativeness and technical viability, NASA has selected eight technology proposals for investment that have the potential to transform future aerospace missions, introduce new capabilities, and significantly improve current approaches to building and operating aerospace systems. Awards under Phase II of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program can be […]

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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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Chandra Captures Expanding Debris from a Stellar Explosion

May 12, 2016

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Tycho's Supernova Remnant Chandra Movie Captures Expanding Debris From a Stellar Explosion

By combining the Chandra data with 30 years worth of observations, scientists have made a movie of the evolution of Tycho’s supernova remnant. When the star that created this supernova remnant exploded in 1572, it was so bright that it was visible during the day. And though he wasn’t the first or only person to […]

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