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Image: NASA's SDO peers into huge coronal hole

After countless fictional scenarios of humans making contact with alien civilisations, you'd think we'd be prepared for actually discovering one. But …

This is the best view of Pluto most of us will see in our lifetime

A new mosaic pieced together by NASA scientists and captured by the New Horizons spacecraft shows off the most detailed view of Pluto many of us will ever see.<p>The high-resolution mosaic shows a huge swath of Pluto as imaged by New Horizons when it flew close by the dwarf planet in July 2015.<p>NASA …

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NASA peers into huge hole in the sun

While you might think the sun has pretty much just one weather pattern – blistering and violent with a chance of radiation poisoning – it can …

Does the Moon Sound Like a Bell?

Though the Apollo lunar modules were built for the sole purpose of landing two men on the surface of the Moon, their usefulness didn’t end after ascending from the lunar surface. NASA used the spent spacecraft for science, directing these modules for controlled crashed into the Moon. These crashes …

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Take A Virtual Reality Tour Of Pluto

On July 14th, 2015, the <i>New Horizons</i> probe made history as it passed within 12,500 km (7,800 mi) of Pluto, thus making it the first spacecraft to …

2000 May 22 - Light Bridges on the Sun

<b>Light Bridges on the Sun</b> <b><br>Credit:</b> G. Scharmer, L. Rouppe van der Voort (KVA) et al., SVST<p><b>Explanation:</b> Bridges the length of a planet can form on the …

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Jupiter’s Moon lo Formed Under Unique Processes, New Study Suggests

An impressive image of Jupiter’s moon Io, as seen from NASA’s Galileo spacecraft from a distance of approximately 600,000 km. A volcanic eruption is …

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Mars looks breathtaking in this new Hubble telescope portrait

If you've never seen Mars like this before, it's for a reason.<p>Mars, Earth, and the sun are moving into a perfect line on Sunday — which means the half of Mars facing us will be fully lit by the sun.<p>This celestial lineup happens every two years or so, but right now Mars is much closer to us than it …

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A rare Blue Moon will be visible this weekend, while Mars shines its brightest since 2003

3:16 p.m. ET<p>That old saying about something happening "once in a blue moon" actually has a scientific back story. A rare astrological phenomenon …

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Tonight's waxing gibbous moonset - goodnight Earth :) https://t.co/a6Pu36Wyk9

International Space Station makes 100,000th orbit of Earth

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — One-hundred-thousand laps around Earth, and the International Space Station is still sailing right along.<p>The space station reached the orbital milestone — 17½ years in the making — Monday morning. NASA says these 100,000 orbits are akin to traveling more than 2.6 billion …

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You Can See This Supernova Grow

Tycho Brahe's famed supernova just keeps on giving.​<p>That pulsing blob seen above isn't a patch of Japanese moss or a close-up of a virus; it's the extended-edition death rattle of a star that blew up roughly 10,000 years ago.<p>The light from that event reached Earth in November of 1572, suddenly …

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Behold the sharpest footage ever of Mercury's transit across the Sun

Last week, the planet Mercury put on a show for astronomers by trekking across the Sun for 7.5 hours. In what is known as a Mercury transit, the tiny planet passed between the Sun and Earth, appearing as a tiny black dot moving slowly across the Sun's bright disc. It's an event that happens only …

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NASA releases stunning Mercury transit video

NASA has released a stunning video of Mercury passing between the Earth and Sun Monday -- a rare astronomical event called planetary transit.<p>The event only happens 13 times per century. “Although Mercury zooms around the sun every 88 days, Earth, the sun and Mercury rarely align,” explained NASA, …

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Observe Mercury’s 7.5-hour transit across the Sun in photos

Today, Mercury is passing between the Earth and the Sun, in an event known as a solar transit. That means that over the course of 7.5 hours, the tiny planet will appear as a small black dot slowly creeping across a portion of the Sun's disc. It may be a slow trot, but Mercury's crossing happens …

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Nearly pure water ice found on Pluto's moon Hydra

If you’re looking for a place to chip off an ice cube for a cool interplanetary drink, you can’t do much better than Hydra. NASA’s [New …

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One of Titan's Strange Seas is Pure Methane

A new study of eight years of radar data collected by the Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft shows that the planet's largest moon, Titan — the only …

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Curiosity Mars Rover Crosses Rugged Plateau

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has nearly finished crossing a stretch of the most rugged and difficult-to-navigate terrain encountered during the …

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Did Earth’s magnetic field collapse for 2 hours on April 23?

An illustration of Earth’s magnetic field shielding our planet from solar particles. Image via NASA/GSFC/SVS.<p>We’ve been getting lots of questions …

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How Fast Are You Moving Through Space?

<i>While standing in my back yard, how fast am I moving through space considering Earth’s rotation, Earth’s orbit around the Sun, the Sun’s orbit around the Galaxy, et cetera?</i><p>We can certainly figure this one out, with the caveats presented in one of my last articles – all these speeds that we measure …

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Makemake's MK2: Scientists Just Discovered a New Moon in Our Solar System

In case you needed any proof that we still have a huge amount to learn about space, astronomers just discovered a new moon in our own solar …

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Nearby massive star explosion 30 million years ago equaled detonation of 100 million suns

M74 is one of only a few dozen galaxies first cataloged by the astronomer Charles Messier in the late 1700s. It has a spiral structure—also the Milky …

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Study of Titan sea reveals unexpected composition

We've known for more than a decade that the largest of Saturn's moons plays hosts to lakes and seas of liquid hydrocarbons, but the exact make-up of …

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Mars’ surface revealed in unprecedented detail

The surface of Mars – including the location of Beagle-2 – has been shown in unprecedented detail by UCL scientists using a revolutionary image …

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Space Images: Wallpaper

Crab Nebula, as Seen by Herschel and Hubble<p>Fullscreen download sizes: <br>800 x 600<br>1024 x 768<br>1280 x 1024<br>1600 x 1200<p>Widescreen download sizes: <br>1280 x …

Death Plunge Of Venus Spacecraft Reveals Surprisingly Cold Temperatures On The Hottest Planet

In December 2014, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Venus Express probe was purposefully sent to its death in the atmosphere of Venus at the end of …

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