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Venus Near Dawn

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5 months ago

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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5 months ago

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 ...

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The Beehive Cluster

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M44 is a cluster of young stars some 600 light-years away from Earth. Also known as the Praesepe or Beehive Cluster, its stars are around 600 million years old compared to our Sun's 4.5 billion years and the closest cluster to our galaxy, according to NASA. Some of its yellowish-colored stars and ...

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NASA's Photo of Olympics from Space

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A member of NASA’s Expedition 38 crew on the International Space Station snapped this 600mm night view shot of Sochi, Russia a few days before the Olympics began. The “eye” in the photo is the Fisht Stadium which held the opening ceremony on February 7th. Sochi has an area of 1,353 square miles ...

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Off-Roading on Mars

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5 months ago

This could be a photograph snapped during a family vacation to the Grand Canyon. These are the tire-tracks of the car-sized Mars rover Curiosity. NASA reports that the future Pixar film inspiration crossed an important threshold on the red planet: the Dingo Gap. From the NASA site ...

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Massive Winter Storm Seen from Space

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6 months ago

Extraterrestrials might be thinking twice about visiting Earth, based on this view from space of the latest winter storm that is pummeling the southeastern United States. The image was captured on Feb. 11 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's GOES-East satellite. Conditions might ...