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December 13, 1999 - A Magellanic Starfield

<b>A Magellanic Starfield</b> <b><br>Credit:</b> Sally Heap (NASA/ GSFC) et al. & the Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/ STScI/ NASA)<p><b>Explanation:</b> Stars of many types and …

Astronomy

2015 February 12 - Exploring the Antennae

<b>Exploring the Antennae</b> <b><br>Image Data:</b> Subaru, NAOJ, NASA/ESA/Hubble, R.W. Olsen - <i>Processing:</i> Federico Pelliccia and Rolf Wahl Olsen<p><b>Explanation:</b> Some 60 …

Astronomy

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft just caught a glimpse of Earth, all the way from Saturn

NASA and its spectacular space hardware often spend so much time checking out our planetary neighbors that we forget Earth offers some pretty cool …

Solar System

Earth Day Image Gallery: Celebrating Earth's Beauty

NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and …

Space

Catalog Page for PIA00452

<b>PIA00452: Solar System Portrait - Earth as 'Pale Blue Dot'</b><p> Target Name: <p> Is a satellite of: <p> Mission: <p> Spacecraft: <p> Instrument: <p> Product Size: <p><b>453 x</b> …

Astronomy

The Day the Earth Smiled: Sneak Preview (annotated)

Photojournal: PIA17171<p>July 22, 2013<p>In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured …

Apollo 8: Earthrise

This iconic picture shows Earth peeking out from beyond the lunar surface as the first crewed spacecraft circumnavigated the Moon.

2016 May 31 - Stars and Gas of the Running Chicken Nebula

<b>Stars and Gas of the Running Chicken Nebula</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Andrew Campbell<p><b>Explanation:</b> To some, it looks like a giant chicken running …

Scientists: "We Have Detected the Existence of a Fundamentally New State of Matter"

3D Quantum Liquid Crystals<p>Caltech physicists at the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter have discovered the first 3D quantum liquid crystal. …

Quantum Mechanics

Solar Dynamics Observatory

Cascading Post-coronal Loops<p>An active region that had just rotated into view blasted out a coronal mass ejection, which was immediately followed by a …

Astronomy

Hubble's cosmic bubbles

This entrancing image shows a few of the tenuous threads that comprise Sh2-308, a faint and wispy shell of gas located 5,200 light-years away in the …

Astronomy

2016 June 3 - NGC 4631: The Whale Galaxy

<b>NGC 4631: The Whale Galaxy</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Martin Pugh<p><b>Explanation:</b> NGC 4631 is a big beautiful spiral galaxy. Seen edge-on, it lies only 25 …

Astronomy

A Winter's View of a Gullied Crater | Galleries

This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows the location with the most impressive known gully activity in Mars' northern …

Space Exploration

The Solar Eclipse Experience

"Totality, no matter how long its duration, seems to last no more than eight seconds.” This remark, by former <i>Sky & Telescope</i> magazine editor Norm …

Solar System

Researchers produce all RNA nucleobases in simulated primordial Earth conditions

(Phys.org)—In 1952, chemists Stanley Miller and Harold Urey conducted a famous experimental simulation of the conditions thought to prevail on early …

Chemistry

NASA image captures Earth between the rings of Saturn

A new image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows planet Earth as a point of light between the icy rings of Saturn.<p>The spacecraft captured the view on …

Astronomy

NASA Releases a Massive Online Archive: 140,000 Photos, Videos & Audio Files Free to Search and Download

Last summer, astronomer Michael Summer wrote that, despite a relatively low profile, NASA and its international partners have been “living Carl …

Astronomy

Sixteen ways of looking at a supernova

Thanks to fast thinking, luck, and gravitational lensing, four telescopes managed to observe a quadruple image of a single supernova. Andrew …

Astronomy

New quantum liquid crystals may play role in future of computers

Physicists at the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter at Caltech have discovered the first three-dimensional quantum liquid crystal—a new …

Quantum Mechanics

New Image Shows the Sun Spitting Out a Planet-Sized Fireball

Solar flares are awesome and beautiful — until you realize that they can wipe out Earth’s electrical field in a matter of seconds. That violent …

NGC 2835 Spiral Galaxy - Adam Lundie - Eatons Hill Observatory

<b>Image:</b><p>49x 600s Lum bin1x1 + 20 flat + 50x dark + 120x bias<br>• 9x 600s Red bin1x1 + 20 flat + 50x dark + 120x bias<br>• 9x 600s Green bin1x1 + 20 flat + 50x …

Astronomy

Cassini has taken another spectacular image of its home planet

Earth's Moon is also visible in a zoomed-in view.<p>As it continues to make some of its final flybys of the Saturn system, the Cassini spacecraft hasn't …

Solar System

NASA makes their entire media library publicly accessible and copyright free

No matter if you enjoy taking or just watching images of space, NASA has a treat for you. They have made their entire collection of images, sounds, …

Photography

2016 June 5 - Comet PanSTARRS and the Helix Nebula

<b>Comet PanSTARRS and the Helix Nebula</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Fritz Helmut Hemmerich<p><b>Explanation:</b> It's rare that such different objects are imaged so …

Galaxy’s hydrogen halo hides missing mass

The Milky Way is surrounded by a vast halo of diffuse hydrogen, new research has revealed.<p>The discovery of the halo, by astronomers Huanian Zhang and …

Astronomy

A New Angle on Two Spiral Galaxies for Hubble's 27th Birthday

This starry pair offers a glimpse of what our Milky Way galaxy would look like to an outside observer.

Hubble observes first multiple images of explosive distance indicator - Lensed supernova will give insight into the expansion of the Universe

heic1710 — Science Release<p>Hubble observes first multiple images of explosive distance indicator<p>Lensed supernova will give insight into the expansion …

Astronomy

Photo Album :: Abell 1758 :: August 30, 2010

This is a composite image of the northern part of the galaxy cluster Abell 1758, located about 3.2 billion light years from Earth, showing the …

Huge exoplanet with the density of styrofoam discovered

If the Stay Puft marshmallow man from <i>Ghostbusters</i> were a planet, it would probably be the newly discovered super gas giant, KELT 11b. The highly …

Exoplanets