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NASA is about to fly over Jupiter's biggest storm for the first time — here's what the photos might look like

• <b>Jupiter's Great Red Spot is a storm twice as wide as Earth. It has lasted more than 350 years.</b>• <b><br>Using the Juno spacecraft, NASA will take its closest-ever photos of the giant storm on July 10.</b>• <b><br>Business Insider simulated what the best single-frame image might look like.</b><p>The Great Red Spot of Jupiter is …

Astronomy

'Hidden Galaxy' reveals itself in lovely Hubble image

A galaxy that's very good at hiding gives up its secrets to the eagle eye of the Hubble Space Telescope.<p>Galaxy IC 342 is playing a celestial game of hide-and-go-seek with our telescopes.<p>The bright galaxy sits about 13 million light-years from Earth. That's relatively close, but its particular …

Astronomy

Gaia Finds Six Stars Zipping out of the Milky Way

In 2013, the European Space Agency launched the <i>Gaia</i> spacecraft. As the successor to the <i>Hipparcos</i> mission, this space observatory has spent the past …

Universe

We're Sending Another Probe to Mercury to Work Out Why The Planet's Shrinking

A lot of questions need answers.<p>The European Space Agency (ESA) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have unveiled the probe they're sending …

Space Exploration

These high-speed stars seem to defy laws of physics. Now scientists have an explanation.

Astronomers may have figured out the key to a select group of about 20 stars that previously stumped them. These stars, called hypervelocity stars, …

Universe

Hubble just delivered one of the most gorgeous space photos ever

The past few weeks have been jam-packed with stunning imagery from Saturn, delivered courtesy of the Cassini spacecraft. Now, almost as if to say …

2017 April 30 - Cassini Looks Out from Saturn

<b>Cassini Looks Out from Saturn</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> NASA, JPL-Caltech, Space Science Institute<p><b>Explanation:</b> This is what Saturn looks like from inside the …

Astronomy

Marvel at the images from Cassini’s first Grand Finale orbit

On 26 April, the Cassini spacecraft swung between Saturn and its rings, closer than any spacecraft has ever been before. This was the start of its …

Astronomy

NASA just got its closest look at Saturn yet — here's what it saw

On April 26, NASA flew its Cassini spacecraft closer to Saturn than ever before. In fact, it's the closest any spacecraft has ever come to Saturn — just 1,900 miles from the beautiful planet's cloud tops.<p>Even more exciting, Cassini has already transmitted images of what it saw from its deepest dive …

Astronomy

Paper-thin membrane would scoop up orbital space junk

With an estimated 7,000 tonnes (7,700 tons) of debris in orbit around our planet, space junk is increasingly becoming a major problem as small bits …

There's Something Very Strange Going On Around Uranus

No but seriously<p>Unlike its more glamorous relatives Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, Uranus gets a bit of a bum deal when it comes to planetary popularity; …

New approach to dark energy might explain our cooling universe

OUR universe’s relentless march towards cold, empty darkness could be causing its expansion to accelerate, rather than the other way around. The …

A 2,000-Foot Asteroid Will Fly Past Earth Next Week

Zero chance of catastrophic collision, pretty good chance of a great stargazing opportunity.<p>A large asteroid is coming close to Earth on April 19th. While NASA emphasizes that 2014 JO25, as the asteroid is known, has no chance of hitting the planet, it will provide a rare chance to observe an …

Space Exploration

Earth-like planet with atmosphere discovered just 39 light years away

In a development that has astronomers giddy with excitement, a new study published in <i>Astronomical Journal</i> has confirmed the existence of the first …

Pictures Show a Mysterious Planet Get More Surreal Over Time

Since arriving at Jupiter last July, the Juno spacecraft has been beaming back artistic and unusual views of the “king of the solar system.”<p>A spinning, solar-powered spacecraft has captured new images of the neighborhood’s largest planet—and wow, are they spectacular.<p>Since entering orbit on July 4 …

Astronomy

New photos of Pluto reveal Earth-like terrain that is “a total, complete mystery” to scientists

Close-up imagery of Pluto’s surface has scientists wondering how the dwarf planet’s terrain came to be. The photos, which show expansive mountain ranges and valleys, were taken by the New Horizons probe in July 2015 and were released by NASA this week.<p>“We traveled 3,000 miles and found something a …

Solar System

No Joke: April Fools' Comet to Pass Closest to Earth Since Discovery

An unusually favorable opportunity to view a famous periodic comet in small telescopes comes during the next couple of weeks, when passes closer to …

NASA's $1 billion Jupiter probe just sent back breathtaking new images of the gas giant

A probe the size of a basketball court has taken unprecedented new images of Jupiter.<p>NASA's $1 billion Juno spacecraft, launched in August 2011, took five years to reach and settle into orbit around the gas giant, which is more than 415 million miles from Earth.<p>The probe has so far photographed …

Space Exploration

Mars was struck by mega-floods 3 billion years ago, images reveal

The Kasei Valles channel system spans 1,864 miles (3,000 km) from its source<p>The surface of Mars is an intricate and varied landscape, telling the …

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Dawn probe spots organic materials on dwarf planet Ceres

Ceres is now officially included the list of celestial bodies where we've found organic molecules. NASA's Dawn scientists have spotted the presence of organic compounds on the dwarf planet using the spacecraft's visible and infrared mapping spectrometer (VIR). They found the organics covering an …

NASA Releases Most Detailed Photos of Saturn’s Rings Ever Taken

NASA just released the highest resolution photographs of Saturn’s rings yet. About 1.2 billion kilometers )(746 million miles) away from Earth, …

Space Exploration

NASA releases first results from 'Year In Space' twin study

Scott and Mark Kelly were part of a bold experiment to see how the human body fared after a year in space Photo: NASA<p>The first results from NASA’s …

Watch planets orbit a star 129 light-years away

Astronomers captured this 7-year time lapse of planets orbiting a faraway star.<p>The past few years have seen an explosion in the discovery of planets outside our solar system. Astronomers have now confirmed 3,442 exoplanets in the galaxy. And they think there could be 100 billion or more in …

Universe

Binary Stars To Merge, Explode In 2022, First Of Its Kind Scientific Prediction Says | International Business Times

If a first of its kind scientific prediction turns out to be right, not just astronomers but everyone on Earth will be able to witness an unusual and …