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New Horizons: Exploring Pluto and Beyond

This artist’s concept shows NASA's New Horizons spacecraft during its 2015 encounter with Pluto and its moon, Charon.
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Space

Oort Cloud: The Outer Solar System's Icy Shell

A giant shell of icy bodies known as the Oort Cloud encircles the solar system. When its inhabitants interact with passing stars, molecular clouds, …

Orion's Sword: M42, M43 and Runnning Man NGC 1977

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Jupiter, Io, and Ganymede

Horsehead Nebula Region

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M42 or the Orion glory

Best Space Photos Of 2014 Bring You Across The Solar System

A raw shot from the front hazcam of NASA’s Opportunity rover taken on Sol 3757, on Aug. 19, 2014. Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechFeel like visiting a dwarf …

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Epic mega-star merger spied by astronomers

The enigma surrounding the XXL versions of those tiny pinpricks which dot the night sky are about to be revealed for stargazers. As by observing the merging of twin monster stars, astronomers have confirmed the longstanding theory on how jumbo stars are born.

In a paper published in the journal of …

Hubble Space Telescope discovers fourteenth tiny moon orbiting Neptune

CHALK up one more moon for Neptune.

NASA announced the discovery of Neptune's 14th moon Monday. The Hubble Space Telescope captured the moon as a …

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is awake and almost ready to change our view of Pluto forever

2015 is going to be an exciting year in space exploration. On Dec. 6, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft woke up from hibernation more than 2.9 billion …

Space

M31 - The Great Andromeda Galaxy - HII Area Enhanced

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Moon Clavius and surroundings

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Putting Our Solar System Into Perspective

This amazing graphic was created by Roberto Ziche and shows our solar system to scale. Roberto explains:“At the Chabot Space and Science Center there …

Astronomy

Harpoon Malfunction May Have Saved ESA's Philae Comet Lander

A malfunction of the Philae comet lander’s two anchoring harpoons — designed to help secure the 100 kg lander to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko — may have inadvertently saved the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta mission probe from being tossed back into space, Rosetta Project …

Japan's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft heads to a carbon-rich asteroid soon

On November 30th, Japan's Hayabusa 2 will be leaving leaving Earth aboard a Mitsubishi-made rocket to make its way to an asteroid -- but not to blow it up. The Japanese spacecraft will follow in its predecessor's footsteps and observing a space rock for science (of course). But unlike the first …

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What does a comet sound like? Rosetta records haunting 'song'

Europe's Rosetta spacecraft has discovered something surprising about the comet it's orbiting: it makes an eerie noise.

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Spooky Discovery About the Largest Structure in the Universe (Today's Most Viewed)

On January 11, 2013, the discovery of a vast grouping of 73s quasars, a form of supermassive black hole active galactic nuclei, with a minimum …

Universe

Supernova Remnant: A long observation with Chandra of the supernova remnant MSH 11-62 reveals an irregular shell of hot gas, shown in red, surrounding an extended nebula of high energy X-rays, shown in blue. Even though scientists have yet to detect any pulsations from the central object within MSH 11-62, the structure around it has many of the same characteristics as other pulsar wind nebulas. The reverse shock and other, secondary shocks within MSH 11-62 appear to have begun to crush the pulsar wind nebula, possibly contributing to its elongated shape. (Note: the orientation of this image has been rotated by 24 degrees so that north is pointed to the upper left.) Image credit: NASA/CXC/SAO/P. Slane et al. #nasa #chandra #xray#astronomy #space #nebula #science #supernova

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NASA Mars Orbiter Spots Caves on Red Planet

MRO's sister orbiter, Mars Odyssey, first noticed the two deep pits—which are about 590 feet (180 meters) and 1,017 feet (310 meters), —a year …

Landing Site Chosen for Spacecraft's Daring Rendezvous With Comet

Scientists announced Monday morning the spot where a small robot will touch down on the surface of a comet, in what they hope will be the first soft landing on a comet, as opposed to a crash landing.

When the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft arrived at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko this …