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A collection of images from Mars

Green airglow shimmers atop translucent clouds as the Milky Way rises over a remote island off the northwest coast of Africa in a majestic photo recently sent to Space.com. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1xjyj

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One Giant Sunspot, 6 Substantial Flares

A giant active region on the sun erupted on Oct. 26, 2014, with its sixth substantial flare since Oct. 19. This flare was classified as an X2-class …

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the departure o…

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the departure of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft from the International Space Station beginning at 9:30 a.m. EDT. Dragon was detached from the Earth-facing side of the station's Harmony module earlier this morning. Mission control will maneuver Dragon into place then turn it over to Expedition 41 robotic arm operators Reid Wiseman and Barry Wilmore of NASA for release, scheduled for approximately 9:57 a.m.<p>The Dragon arrived to the space station Sept. …

Building Planets Through Collisions Planets, including those like our own Earth, form from epic collisions between asteroids and even bigger bodies, called proto-planets. Sometimes the colliding bodies are ground to dust, and sometimes they stick together to ultimately form larger, mature planets. This artist's concept shows one such smash-up, the evidence for which was collected by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Spitzer's infrared vision detected a huge eruption around the star NGC 2547-ID8 between August 2012 and 2013. Scientists think the dust was kicked up by a massive collision between two large asteroids. They say the smashup took place in the star's "terrestrial zone," the region around stars where rocky planets like Earth take shape. NGC 2547-ID8 is a sun-like star located about 1,200 light-years from Earth in the constellation Vela. It is about 35 million years old, the same age our young sun was when its rocky planets were finally assembled via massive collisions -- including the giant impact on proto-Earth that led to the formation of the moon. The recent impact witnessed by Spitzer may be a sign of similar terrestrial planet building. Near-real-time studies like these help astronomers understand how the chaotic process works. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech #asteroids #planets #rockyworlds #nasa #space #spitzer

This stunning image captures the clouds of the Milky Way and the glow of the rising moon framing an iconic lighthouse in Maine. Astrophotographer Jon Secord took this image from Pemaquid Lighthouse in Pemaquid, Maine on June 21. Read how he did it here: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1nww6

Cosmic Rays Sound Scary, But Radiation Risk On A Flight Is Small

If you take a Geiger counter with you on your next flight, you'll notice the dial ratchet up as the plane approaches cruising altitude. Every time you fly, you get zapped by a little extra radiation from space. It goes right through you, in teensy amounts. It's usually nothing to worry about, even …

LEGO May Make Hubble Space Telescope Kit After Fans' 10,000 Votes

A fan's idea for a LEGO toy to celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope's 25th anniversary just came into greater focus.<p>On Sunday (Aug. 31), Gabriel …

Marketing the Moon | Harvard Political Review

The moon’s far side, prime real estate for space telescopes and Helium-3 mining.<p>In less than a year, the race to put the first commercial vehicle on …

Mapping What You Cannot See, Cannot Know, Cannot Visit

When I was a boy I had a globe. I could take it in my hands, rest it on my lap, give it a spin and look down on Africa, Europe, North America and Asia spinning by.<p>In 1961 (I was 13), cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin left the planet and got high enough to look down on the real Earth spinning beneath him. He …

Type 1a Supernovae: Why Our Standard Candle Isn’t Really Standard

When I joined <i>Phenomena</i>, Carl Zimmer asked: What obsesses you? Among my obsessions, I answered, are type 1a supernovae. Here we go.<p><i>How can an astronomical object of such crucial cosmological importance remain so fundamentally mysterious?</i><p>When a runaway thermonuclear explosion rips through a white …

Breathtaking Auroras Wow Astronauts in Space (Photos)

The northern lights are a stunning sight for people on Earth, but even astronauts can see the incredible light shows from outer space.<p>Last week, NASA …

A New Marker Might Better Track the Solar Cycle

Approximately every 11 years the Sun becomes violently active, putting on a show of magnetic activity for aurora watchers and sungazers alike. But …

Giant Geysers on Jupiter's Icy Moon Europa Mysteriously Disappear

The huge plumes of water vapor erupting from Jupiter's ice-covered moon Europa seem to have vanished, and scientists aren't sure why.<p>In December …

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Fascinating rhythm: Light pulses illuminate a rare black hole

The universe has so many black holes that it's impossible to count them all. There may be 100 million of these intriguing astral objects in our …

"For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return." - Leonardo da Vinci (Image Credit & Copyright: NASA) #interstellarhd

The Milky Way is an average-sized barred spiral galaxy measuring up to 120,000 light-years across. Our Sun is located about 27,000 light-years from the galactic core in the Orion arm. Astronomers estimate that the Milky Way contains up to 400 billion stars of various sizes and brightness. A few are supergiants, like Betelgeuse or Rigel. Many more are average-sized stars like our Sun. The vast majority of stars in the Milky Way are red dwarf stars; dim, low mass, with a fraction of the brightness of our Sun. As we peer through our telescopes, we can see fuzzy patches in the sky which astronomers now know are other galaxies like our Milky Way. There are spiral galaxies out there with more than a trillion stars, and giant elliptical galaxies with 100 trillion stars. So how many galaxies are there? According to astronomers, there are probably more than 170 billion galaxies in the observable Universe, stretching out into a region of space 13.8 billion light-years away from us in all directions. And so, if you multiply the number of stars in our galaxy by the number of galaxies in the Universe, you get approximately 10^24 stars. That’s a 1 followed by twenty-four zeros. (Image Credit & Copyright: Craig Goodwin) #interstellarhd

The Arms of M106. The spiral arms of bright galaxy M106 sprawl through this remarkable multiframe portrait, composed of data from ground- and space-based telescopes. Also known as NGC 4258, M106 can be found toward the northern constellation Canes Venatici. The well-measured distance to M106 is 23.5 million light-years, making this cosmic scene about 80,000 light-years across. Typical in grand spiral galaxies, dark dust lanes, youthful blue star clusters, and pinkish star forming regions trace spiral arms that converge on the bright nucleus of older yellowish stars. But this detailed composite reveals hints of two anomalous arms that don't align with the more familiar tracers. Seen here in red hues, sweeping filaments of glowing hydrogen gas seem to rise from the central region of M106, evidence of energetic jets of material blasting into the galaxy's disk. The jets are likely powered by matter falling into a massive central black hole. (Image Credit & Copyright: Image Data - Hubble Legacy Archive, Robert Gendler, Jay Gabany, Processing - Robert Gendler) #interstellarhd