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3D View of Apollo 17's Lunar Rover

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about 1 month ago

NASA released another 3D image. This time it's of the Apollo 17's Lunar Rover, parked in the Taurus-Littrow valley of the Moon. NASA explains: The color anaglyph features a detailed 3D view of Apollo 17's Lunar Rover in the foreground -- behind it lies the Lunar Module and distant lunar ...

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When Two Galaxies Collide

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This incredible image released by NASA looks as though it's a galaxy in the shape of the continent of Africa. "The African Galaxy." It is, in fact, two galaxies that have run into each other, creating millions of new stars. NASA explains: Two galaxies are squaring off in Corvus and here ...

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Happy Equinox!

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about 1 month ago

Happy equinox! The Sun will cross the celestial equator at 4:57 UT, heralding the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. To honor the day, NASA released this cool image produced using solargraphy, a technique that follows the Sun's annual trek across Earth's sky.  NASA explains ...

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In the Heart of the Rosette Nebula

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This photograph of the dazzling heart of the Rosette Nebula resembles "the heavens" in a painting from the age of romanticism. The bright cluster of stars--the NGC 2244--formed a few million years ago from surrounding gases, according to NASA.  From NASA's website: The above image taken in ...

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Venus Near Dawn

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Venus may be an inhospitable planet, but it's certainly a sight for sore eyes. NASA released this stunning image today of Venus rising in the early morning hours off the coast of Sea Isle City, New Jersey. The closest planet to the Earth, Venus looks like a full moon in this incredible photograph ...

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Pervasive Stardust

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This stunning image may hold interesting insight into the formation of our own Sun. But NASA scientists have trouble researching NGC 1333 due to the pervasive pesky stardust that hides this "meadow" of hundreds of young stars from optical telescopes. It's still a wonder to observe. From NASA's ...

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Sun and Prominence

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Do you live in a chilly northern climate? Then don't be surprised to see some bright auroras in the night sky. Dramatic prominences from the sun are expelling hot gas into the solar system and hitting Earth. And this can trigger auroras.  NASA released an arresting image of a prominence on the ...

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Saturn, Where Are Your Rings?

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In 1612, Galileo was shocked as to why Saturn's "appendages" had disappeared. It wasn't until later that century that the mystery was solved: Saturn has rings, and when Earth crosses this ring plane it appears as though the rings disappear. The robot Cassini spacecraft now orbits Saturn and ...