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52 of Cassini's most beautiful postcards from the outer solar system

The spacecraft completely changed our view of Saturn and her moons<p>One of NASA's greatest spacecraft will call it quits on September 15, 2017. The Cassini spacecraft has made countless discoveries during its sojourn to Saturn and its surrounding moons. It has also sent back nearly 400,000 images, …

Planets

This Month in Astronomical History: 2004 Venus Transit

<i>Each month as part of this new series from the Historical Astronomy Division of the AAS, an important discovery or memorable event in the history of</i> …

Photo Album :: Mz 3, BD+30-3639, Hen 3-1475, and NGC 7027 :: 10 May 06

Mz 3:<br>Planetary Nebulas - Fast Winds from Dying Stars<p><i>This panel of composite images shows part of the unfolding drama of the last stages of the</i> …

New Evidence Suggests That Our Solar System Has 10 Planets

Ten Strong<p>The Solar System hasn’t been the same since Pluto was downgraded from a planet to a dwarf planet, and all bets have been off since this …

ACS image of NGC 5866

This is a unique NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope view of the disk galaxy NGC 5866 tilted nearly edge-on to our line-of-sight.<p>Hubble's sharp vision …

Mars-like object detected in outer Solar System

An artist's impression of what a planetary body with the same mass of Mars might look like. One is thought to be orbiting the outer edges of the …

Astronomy

A 100-year

Resonant and wave-guiding systems are present in the vast majority of optical and electronic systems. Their role is to temporarily store energy in …

Quantum Mechanics

Cassini: Mission to Saturn: Orbit Guide

In Cassini’s Grand Finale orbits — the final orbits of its nearly 20-year mission — the spacecraft travels in an elliptical path that sends it diving …

Astronomy

Rho Ophiuchi Cloud Complex

NASA's Curiosity rover is just a speck in this orbiter photo

At this distance, Curiosity looks like a tiny beetle crawling over volcanic rock. Electric blue, its protective shell stands out against the rough, jagged mountainside. In reality, this is an image shot by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, an observational craft floating 200 miles above the …

Planets

Exoplanet J1407b possesses ring system 200 times larger than Saturn’s

2014 November 2 - Titan Beyond the Rings

<b>Titan Beyond the Rings</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> Cassini Imaging Team, ISS, JPL, ESA, NASA<p><b>Explanation:</b> When orbiting Saturn, be sure to watch for breathtaking …

Researchers Are Using Viruses to Make Superbugs Commit Suicide

Such sweet irony.<p>The gene-editing technology called CRISPR has its origins as a bacterial immune system against viruses, a feature which could be …

Genetics

2016 March 1 - NGC 3310: A Starburst Spiral Galaxy

<b>NGC 3310: A Starburst Spiral Galaxy</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> AAO ITSO Office, Gemini Obs./AURA & T. A. Rector (U. Alaska Anchorage)<p><b>Explanation:</b> The …

Astronomy

Hubble captures massive dead disk galaxy that challenges theories of galaxy evolution

By combining the power of a "natural lens" in space with the capability of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers made a surprising discovery—the …

The Massive Stars in Westerlund 1

Star cluster Westerlund 1 is home to some of the largest and most massive stars known.

Astronomy

THE COSMOS: White-Dwarf Solar System Discovered That Mirrors Ours --"Rich In Life's Building Blocks"

"Now we're seeing in a planetary system outside our solar system that there are minor planets where water, nitrogen and carbon are present in …

Ultra-bright star breaks all the rules

A neutron star is exhibiting properties previously only associated with black holes. The discovery is shaking up more that one astrophysics …

Universe

Deceleration of runaway electrons paves the way for fusion power

Fusion power has the potential to provide clean and safe energy that is free from carbon dioxide emissions. However, imitating the solar energy …

Physics

A spiral galaxy with a secret

heic1302 — Photo Release<p>A spiral galaxy with a secret<p>The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope – with a little help from an amateur astronomer – has …

ATLAS at the starting line

Going Forward<p>Over the shutdown, major developments were made in the ATLAS Experiment’s Forward Physics programme. First, there was the completion of …

Grooves and Kinks in the Rings

Photojournal: PIA21333<p>June 19, 2017<p>Many of the features seen in Saturn's rings are shaped by the planet's moons. This view from NASA's Cassini …

Astronomy

The real tetrahedrons of Mars | Lori Fenton's Blog

A Piece of Mars: The real tetrahedrons of Mars are dunes, built by winds blowing sand from more than one direction. This 0.5×0.5 km (0.31×0.31 mi) …

Space

Surveying the cosmos

The object in the middle of this image, sitting alone within a star-studded cosmos, is a galaxy known as ESO 486-21. ESO 486-21 is a spiral galaxy — …

Universe

Scientists Capture DNA Replication On Video for the First Time. Here's What it Revealed.

First Look: DNA Replication<p>For the first time ever, scientists have captured a single DNA molecule replicating on video — and it’s changing the way …

Biology

VMC data archive

<b>Welcome to the VMC RAW data archive</b><p>The files are arranged in folders (Year/Month) as zip archives, oldest to newest, with one archive for each …

Photo Album :: Eta Carinae :: 20 Jun 07

Eta Carinae:<br>New View of Doomed Star<p><i>Eta Carinae is a mysterious, extremely bright and unstable star located a mere stone's throw - astronomically</i> …

Physicists Demonstrate Record Breaking Long-Distance Quantum Entanglement in Space

Spooky Action Gets to Space<p>When it comes to weird science stuff, quantum entanglement is probably near the top of the list, especially back in the …

Quantum Mechanics

2010 June 20 - Abell 2218: A Galaxy Cluster Lens

<b>Abell 2218: A Galaxy Cluster Lens</b> <b><br>Credit:</b> Andrew Fruchter (STScI) et al., WFPC2, HST, NASA <i>Digitally reprocessed:</i> Al Kelly<p><b>Explanation:</b> What are those …

Astronomy