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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-07-23 HD339457 Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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These five images of single stars, taken at different times with the narrow-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft, show the effects of haze collecting on the camera's optics, then successful removal of the haze by warming treatments.
PIA03477:
Reconditioning of Cassini Narrow-Angle Camera
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-09 Hale Telescope
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This image shows the HR 8799 planets with starlight optically suppressed and data processing conducted to remove residual starlight. Project 1640, NASA's JPL used the Palomar Observatory near San Diego to obtain detailed spectra of the four planets.
PIA17010:
Planetary Family Portrait
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-08 Sol (our sun) Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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The panoramic camera on NASA's Opportunity combines the first photographs of solar eclipses by Mars' two moons, Deimos and Phobos. Deimos appears as a speck in front of the Sun and Phobos grazes its edge.
PIA05518:
Martian Eclipses: Deimos and Phobos
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-11-03 Borrelly Deep Space 1 (DS1)
Miniature Integrated Camera Spectrometer
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The solid nucleus of comet Borrelly is barely resolved in this image from NASA's Deep Space 1, enhanced to reveal the highly collimated dust extending towards the bottom left corner of the picture.
PIA03506:
Early Close Image of Comet Borrelly
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-23 Pleiades MESSENGER
MDIS - Narrow Angle
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This image is a 'star cal' frame collected about a month before NASA's MESSENGER's first flyby of Venus.
PIA15244:
Stars Are Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-01 Altair Palomar Testbed Interferometer
Palomar Testbed Interferometer
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Altair, a star spinning so fast its mid-section is stretched out has been directly measured by an ultra-high-resolution NASA telescope system on Palomar Mountain near San Diego.
PIA04204:
Altair
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-10 Sol (our sun) Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This single frame from a sequence of images shows sunspots as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from June 27 to July 8, 2015; the rover was in position to see the opposite side of the sun from the side facing Earth during this period.
PIA19801:
Tracking Sunspots from Mars, Summer 2015 (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-10 Sol (our sun) Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This single frame from a sequence of six images of an animation shows sunspots as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from April 4 to April 15, 2015. From Mars, the rover was in position to see the opposite side of the sun.
PIA19802:
Tracking Sunspots from Mars, April 2015 (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-06 Pleiades Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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The stars of the Pleiades cluster, also known by the names 'M45' and 'the Seven Sisters,' shine brightly in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA08260:
The Seven Sisters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-13 Sol (our sun) Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This panel illustrates the transit of the martian moon Phobos across the Sun. It is made up of images taken by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.
PIA05554:
Martian Moon Eclipses Sun, in Stages
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-06 55 Cancri PlanetQuest
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This artist's concept takes us on a journey to 55 Cancri, a star with a family of five known planets - the most planets discovered so far around a star besides our own.
PIA10109:
Journey to a Star Rich with Planets (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-02 Galaxy NGC 3079 Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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A lumpy bubble of hot gas rises from a cauldron of glowing matter in a distant galaxy, as seen by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA04208:
Galaxy NGC 3079
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-26 Hubble Space Telescope
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Warping occurs naturally in nature in a phenomenon called strong gravitational lensing as shown in this image simulated from original images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA17559:
Warped Galaxies Quiz
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-28 NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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NASA's NEOWISE mission captured images of Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring. The infrared pictures reveal a comet that is active and very dusty.
PIA17833:
NEOWISE Spies Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-21 Planck
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ESA's Planck has imaged the most distant light we can observe, called the cosmic microwave background, with unprecedented precision.
PIA16880:
Through the Universe's Looking Glass Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-12 Sol (our sun) Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover, Opportunity, shows the transit of Mars' moon Phobos across the Sun. Animation available at the Photojournal.
PIA05553:
Martian Moon Blocks Sun Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-12 Sol (our sun) Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover, Opportunity, shows the transit of Mars' moon Deimos across the Sun. Animation available at the Photojournal.
PIA05556:
Deimos Crosses Face of Sun Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-27 Sol (our sun) Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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The sun descends to the Martian horizon and sets in this image from the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. A movie is available at the Photojournal.
PIA13736:
Sunset Watched by Opportunity, November 2010 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-27 Sol (our sun) Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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The larger of the two moons of Mars, Phobos, passes in front of the Sun's face in this image from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. A movie is available at the Photojournal.
PIA13737:
Phobos Passes in Front of Sun's Face, Nov. 9, 2010 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-19 NuSTAR
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NuSTAR has provided the first observational evidence in support of a theory that says exploding stars slosh around before detonating. That theory, referred to as mild asymmetries, is shown here in a simulation by Christian Ott.
PIA17845:
Sloshing Star Goes Supernova Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
Very Long Baseline Array
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Radio telescopes cannot see Voyager 1 in visible light, but rather 'see' the spacecraft signal in radio light. This image of Voyager 1's signal on Feb. 21, 2013. At the time, Voyager 1 was 11.5 billion miles (18.5 billion kilometers) away.
PIA17047:
Voyager Signal Spotted By Earth Radio Telescopes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
Oschin Schmidt Telescope
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The image taken by the Oschin Schmidt Telescope, shows the star AC +79 3888, also known as Gliese 445. NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft, which is on a trajectory out of our solar system, is headed toward an encounter with AC +79 3888 (circled in red).
PIA17461:
Heading toward Gliese 445
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-09 Antennae or Ring Tail galaxies Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
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Atlas Image mosaic, covering 7' x 7' on the sky of the interacting galaxies NGC 4038 and NGC 4039, better known as the Antennae, or Ring Tail galaxies. The two galaxies are engaged in a tug-of-war as they collide.
PIA04205:
Antennae
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-07-25 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer took this near ultraviolet image of Messier 101 on June 20, 2003. Messier 101 is a large spiral galaxy located 20 million light-years from Earth.
PIA04631:
Messier 101
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-22 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a typical young galaxy, teeming with hot, newborn stars and exploding supernovas. The supernovas are seen as white flashes of light.
PIA07144:
Fires of Galactic Youth (Artist Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-07 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This picture highlights a slice of Saturn's largest ring. The ring (red band) was discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, which detected infrared light, or heat, from the dusty ring material.
PIA12259:
Infrared Ring around Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-05-28 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer took this image on May 21 and 22, 2003. The image was made from data gathered by the two channels of the spacecraft camera during the mission's 'first light' milestone.
PIA04281:
GALEX 1st Light Near and Far Ultraviolet -100
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-05-28 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This image was taken May 21 and 22, 2003, by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer. The image was made from data gathered by the two channels of the spacecraft camera during the mission's 'first light' milestone.
PIA04278:
GALEX 1st Light Near Ultraviolet -50
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured an image of an unusual comet that experiences frequent outbursts, which produce abrupt changes in brightness.
PIA04943:
Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann I
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-13 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Strands and arches of plasma streamed above the edge of the Sun for over a day, pulled by powerful magnetic forces Aug. 11-12, 2016., observed by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
PIA17913:
Playing Along the Edge Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-23 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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The Sun produced three M-class (medium-sized) flares in less than 13 hours and the third one had an interesting flourish at the end (July 22-23, 2016). These were the largest flares the Sun had produced this year as seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observato
PIA17912:
Solar Flares with some Flair Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-09 HD 189733b Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope were able to create the first-ever map of the surface of a planet beyond our solar system. The planet, a hot and cloudy gas giant is called HD 189733b.
PIA09377:
How to Map a Very Faraway Planet (animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-09 HD 189733b Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image shows the first-ever map of the surface of an exoplanet, or a planet beyond our solar system. Showing temperature variations across the cloudy tops of a gas giant called HD 189733b, the infrared data is taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA09376:
First Map of Alien World (animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-26 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This artist's concept shows the explosion of a massive star, the remains of which are named Cassiopeia A. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that the star exploded with some degree of order.
PIA01902:
Order Amidst Chaos of Star's Explosion (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-01-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a computer simulation of the planet HD 80606b from an observer located at a point in space lying between the Earth and the HD 80606 system.
PIA11392:
Tour of Planet with Extreme Temperature Swings Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-09 HD 149026b Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates the hottest planet yet observed in the universe. The scorching ball of gas, a 'hot Jupiter' called HD 149026b, is about 3 times hotter than the rocky surface of Venus, the hottest planet in our solar system.
PIA09378:
Blacker than Black (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-18 Rosette Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is of the Rosette nebula, a turbulent star-forming region located 5,000 light-years away in the constellation Monoceros.
PIA09268:
Infrared Rose Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-12 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a blistering world revolving around its nearby 'sun.' NASA's infrared Spitzer Space Telescope observed a planetary system like this one, as the planet's sunlit and dark hemispheres swung alternately into the telescope's view.
PIA01936:
Fire and Ice Planet (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-29 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
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A seething cauldron of light appears to bubble and ooze around the remains of a giant star that astronomers have been watching tear itself apart for the last 300 years. Different observations taken over three years by NASA' Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA10724:
Cauldron of Light Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-24 M82 Galaxy Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Chandra X-ray Telescope
Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Visible Light
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NASA's Spitzer, Hubble and Chandra space observatories teamed up to create this multi-wavelength, false-colored view of the M82 galaxy. The lively 
portrait celebrates Hubble's 'sweet sixteen' birthday.
PIA08093:
Great Observatories Present Rainbow of a Galaxy Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-13 Cygnus W. M. Keck Observatory
Keck I Telescope
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This frame from an artist's animation shows the view from a hypothetical moon in orbit around the first known planet to reside in a tight-knit triple-star system. HD 188553 Ab is a gas giant planet, about 1.14 times the mass of Jupiter.
PIA03520:
Land of Three Suns (Artist's Concept Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-03-16 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a galaxy that appears to be sizzling hot, with huge plumes of smoke swirling around it. The galaxy is known as Messier 82 or the 'Cigar galaxy.'
PIA02917:
Smokin' Hot Galaxy (animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-29 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image illustrates how a light echo works, and how an optical illusion of material moving outward is created.
PIA10723:
Dissecting a Light Echo Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-01 Globular cluster M22 Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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Scientists are mystified by what may be unexpected, wandering, planet-sized objects.
This image taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope implies the presence of these objects.
PIA04202:
Globular Cluster M22
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope using infrared light shows what astronomers think is one of the coldest brown dwarfs discovered so far (red dot in middle of frame).
PIA13216:
Cool as a Stellar Cucumber
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates the universe's early years, from its explosive formation to its dark ages to its first stars and mini-galaxies. Scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found patches of infrared light splattered across the sky.
PIA09099:
Stars Spring up Out of the Darkness (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-30 HD 141569 W. M. Keck Observatory
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This image shows the dusty disk of planetary material surrounding the young star HD 141569, located 380 light-years away from Earth.
PIA21090:
Young Star HD 141569
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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The Tadpole galaxy is the result of a recent galactic interaction in the local universe. These spectacular images were taken by NASA's Spitzer Wide-area Infrared Extragalactic (SWIRE) Legacy project.
PIA03543:
A SWIRE Picture is Worth Billions of Years
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-05-28 VB 10 PlanetQuest
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This image shows the star VB 10 moving across the sky over a period of nine years. Astronomers nabbed a planet circling this star using a method called astrometry -- the first successful application of the method to planet hunting.
PIA12013:
How to Find a Tiny Wobble in a Zippy Star Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-07-21 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Visible Light
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This new false-colored image from NASA's Hubble, Chandra and Spitzer space telescopes shows a giant jet of particles that has been shot out from the vicinity of a type of supermassive black hole called a quasar.
PIA08617:
Black Hole Spills Kaleidoscope of Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-04-26 M11 Deep Impact
Impactor Targeting Sensor (ITS)
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On April 7, 2005, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft's Impactor Target Sensor camera recorded this image of M11, the Wild Duck cluster, a galactic open cluster located 6 thousand light years away.
PIA07878:
Wild Duck Cluster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-15 Mira Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This artist's concept illustrates a star flying through our galaxy at supersonic speeds, leaving a 13-light-year-long trail of glowing material in its wake. The star, named Mira (pronounced my-rah) after the latin word for 'wonderful.'
PIA09960:
A Real Shooting Star (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-30 Pleiades Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft takes a break from the Saturn system to check out the Seven Sisters.
PIA11482:
Scoping the Sisters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-01-06 Cassiopeia A Chandra X-ray Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
Chandra X-ray Telescope
IRAC
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For the first time, a multiwavelength three-dimensional reconstruction of a supernova remnant has been created. This visualization of Cassiopeia A, or Cas A, the result of an explosion approximately 330 years ago, uses data from several NASA telescopes.
PIA11748:
Supernova Remnant in 3-D Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-11 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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Stars in the upper portion of the constellation Orion the Hunter, including the bright shoulder star Betelgeuse and Orion's three-star belt, appear in this image taken from the surface of Mars by the panoramic camera on NASA's rover Spirit.
PIA05546:
Stars in Orion as Seen from Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-12 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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In this five-minute exposure taken from the surface of Mars by NASA's Spirit rover, stars appear as streaks due to the rotation of the planet, and instantaneous cosmic-ray hits appear as points of light.
PIA05551:
Stars and Cosmic Rays Observed from Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-06-04 Cepheus Dawn
Framing Camera
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A star field in the constellation Cepheus is a composite of two 600-second exposures by the Framing Camera acquired during tests on December 3, 2007.
PIA12066:
Star Field in the Constellation Cepheus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-06-05 Messier 31 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image shows the Andromeda galaxy, first as seen in visible light by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, then as seen in infrared by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA08506:
Fade to Red Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-03-07 Z Camelopardalis Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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This artist's concept is of Z Camelopardalis (Z Cam), a stellar system featuring a collapsed, dead star, or white dwarf, and a companion star. This image shows one of the first regions of Mars measured after CRISM's cover was opened
PIA09221:
Explosions - Large and Small (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-08 NuSTAR
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The brightest pulsar detected to date is shown in this frame from an animation that flips back and forth between images captured by NASA's NuSTAR. A pulsar is a type of neutron star, the leftover core of a star that exploded in a supernova.
PIA18843:
NuSTAR Captures the Beat of a Dead Star (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-10-12 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This false-color image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a globular cluster previously hidden in the dusty plane of our Milky Way galaxy. Globular clusters are compact bundles of old stars that date back to the birth of our galaxy.
PIA06928:
Spitzer Digs Up Galactic Fossil
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-08 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A close-up of twisting plasma above the Sun's surface produced a nice display of turbulence by caused combative magnetic forces (June 7-8, 2016) over a day and a half as seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
PIA20739:
Twisting Plasma Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-05-21 Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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This image of a dying star, protoplanetary nebula IRAS22036+5306, containing strange, complex structures may help explain the death throes of stars and defy our current understanding of physics. Taken by NASA's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2.
PIA04277:
Hubble's View of a Dying Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-06 55 Cancri PlanetQuest
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This plot tells astronomers that a fifth planet is in orbit around the star 55 Cancri, making the star the record-holder for hosting the most known exoplanets.
PIA10106:
Wave of a Planet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-17 IRAS
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This infrared view of the whole sky highlights the flat plane of our Milky Way galaxy (line across middle of image). NASA's WISE, will take a similar infrared census of the whole sky, only with much improved resolution and sensitivity.
PIA12467:
All-Sky Infrared Survey
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-18 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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One broad active region sported a wonderful example of coiled magnetic field lines over almost a four-day period observed by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory during July 15-18, 2016.
PIA17911:
Magnetic Coiling Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-01 Galaxy NGC 1512 Hubble Space Telescope
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Faint Object Camera
Near Infrared Camera
Multi-Object Spectrometer
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A rainbow of colors is captured in the center of a magnificent barred spiral galaxy, as witnessed by the three cameras of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA04219:
Galaxy NGC 1512
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-24 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a long coronal hole has rotated so that was temporarily facing right towards Earth (Mar. 23-25, 2016). Coronal holes appear dark when viewed in some wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light.
PIA19178:
Elongated Coronal Hole Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-09 Herschel Space Observatory
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ESA's Herschel Space Observatory captured asteroid Apophis in its field of view during the approach to Earth on Jan. 5 and 6, 2013.
PIA16675:
Herschel's Three-Color View of Asteroid Apophis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-22 Herschel Space Observatory
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The red supergiant star Betelgeuse (center) is surrounded by a clumpy envelope of material in its immediate vicinity in this view from the Herschel Space Observatory.
PIA16680:
Betelgeuse's Enigmatic Environment
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-05-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Sometimes, the best way to understand how something works is to take it apart. The same is true for galaxies like NGC 300, which NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has divided into its various parts.
PIA05879:
Dissection of a Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-12 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Navigation Camera
Panoramic Camera
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Observing the sky with the green filter of it panoramic camera, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit came across a surprise: a streak across the sky, probably the brightest object in the sky at the time.
PIA05557:
It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a... Spacecraft?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-05-09 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On May 9, 2016, Mercury passed directly between the Sun and Earth, making a transit of the Sun. Mercury transits happen about 13 times each century. NASA's SDO studies the Sun 24/7 and captured the eight-hour event.
PIA14729:
Mercury Transit Across the Sun Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-12 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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This side-by-side rendering of the Sun at the same time in two different wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light helps to visualize the differing features visible in each wavelength (Dec. 10-11, 2015). This image is from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory
PIA20214:
Comparing Wavelengths Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-23 NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina) first looked like an asteroid when NASA's NEOWISE team first observed it on December 31, 2013. These exposures were taken that day, when the comet was at a distance of about 2.9 AU from the sun.
PIA18652:
NEOWISE Spots Comet Catalina
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 NGS 1097 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows the interacting pair NGC 1097, a barred spiral galaxy, and the small elliptical companion galaxy NGC 1097A.
PIA07900:
A Barred Spiral Galaxy, and the Small Elliptical Companion Galaxy NGC 1097A
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-03 Galaxy NGC 1850 Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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By spying on a neighboring galaxy, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured an image of a young, globular-like star cluster—a type of object unknown in our Milky Way Galaxy.
PIA04221:
Galaxy NGC 1850
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 NGC 3344 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of the large face on spiral galaxy NGC 3344. The inner spiral arms are wrapped so tightly that they are difficult to distinguish.
PIA07904:
Large Face on Spiral Galaxy NGC 3344
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 NGC 1365 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows barred spiral galaxy NGC 1365, which is a member of the Fornax Cluster of Galaxies.
PIA07901:
Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1365
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-02-09 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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The magnetic field lines of three active regions in close proximity to one another interacted with each other over two and a half days (Feb. 8-10, 2016). This image is from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
PIA20474:
Solar Triumvirate Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-17 Planck
High Frequency Instrument
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Filamentary structures in our Milky Way galaxy are apparent at large scales, as shown in this ESA image from Planck image, on the right, and small scales as seen the Herschel image on the left.
PIA12963:
Milky Way Dust at Different Scales
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-03 Ghost Head Nebula Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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Looking like a colorful holiday card, a new image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope reveals a vibrant green and red nebula far from Earth.
PIA04226:
Ghost Head Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-12 Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
SPIRE
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This image from ESA's Herschel Space Observatory shows of a portion of the Rosette nebula, a stellar nursery about 5,000 light-years from Earth in the Monoceros, or Unicorn, constellation.
PIA13028:
Big Babies in the Rosette Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-06 CL0958+4702 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope spotted a four-way collision, or merger, in a giant cluster of galaxies, called CL0958+4702, located nearly five billion light-years away.
PIA09955:
Fearsome Foursome
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-05-27 Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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An archival image of the Red Rectangle, or HD44179, taken with the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 onboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA04533:
The Red Rectangle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-07-25 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This is the first Deep Imaging Survey image taken by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer. On June 22 and 23, 2003, the spacecraft obtained this near ultraviolet image of the Groth region by adding multiple orbits for a total exposure time of 14,000 seconds.
PIA04627:
Deep Imaging Survey
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-31 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Sparked by a medium-sized (C-class) flare, a long, magnetic filament burst out from the Sun, producing one of the best shows that SDO has seen (Aug. 31, 2012).
PIA18167:
Magnificent Outburst Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-15 Sedna Samuel Oschin Telescope
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This image shows the location of the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed 'Sedna,' in relation to the rest of the solar system in 2004.
PIA05565:
Sedna Orbit Animation Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-10 Hubble -V Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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Resembling curling flames from a campfire, a magnificent nebula in a nearby galaxy observed by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope provides new insight into the fierce birth of stars as it may have occurred in the early universe.
PIA04222:
Hubble-V
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-06 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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This still image from an animation from NASA's GSFC's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows arches of magnetic field lines towered over the edge of the Sun as a pair of active regions began to rotate into view (Apr. 5-6, 2016).
PIA20604:
Towering Arches Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-01 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) saw both the Moon (upper right) and the Earth (upper left) partially block the sun (Sept. 1, 2016 at 7:33 UT). Just before this image was taken, the Earth totally blocked the sun for a while.
PIA21028:
Double Eclipse Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-30 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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This still image from an animation from NASA GSFC's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows dark strands of plasma hovering above the Sun's surface beginning to interact with each other in a form of tug of war over two and a half days (June 28-30, 2015).
PIA18210:
Plasma Push and Pull Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-02 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A small, but complex mass of plasma gyrated and spun about over the course of 40 hours above the surface of the Sun taken by NASA's GSFC Solar Dynamics Observatory on Sept. 1-3, 2015.
PIA19878:
Tangled up in Blue Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-06 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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This still image from an animation from NASA GSFC's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows magnetically charged particles forming a nicely symmetrical arch at the edge of the Sun as they followed the magnetic field lines of an active region (Aug.4-5, 2015).
PIA19874:
A Golden Arch Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-19 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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This still image from an animation from NASA GSFC's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a single plume of plasma, many times taller than the diameter of Earth, spewing streams of particles for over two days (Aug. 17-19, 2015) before breaking apart.
PIA19875:
Eiffel Tower Plume Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-10 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Three substantial coronal holes rotated across the face of the Sun the week of Sept. 8-10, 2015 as seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. Coronal holes are areas where the Sun's magnetic field is open and a source of streaming solar wind.
PIA19950:
A Triumvirate: Three Coronal Holes Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-13 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A mass of plasma gathered itself into a twisting mass, spun around for a bit, then rose up and broke apart over a 10-hour period (Oct. 13, 2015) as observed by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
PIA20008:
Hefty Prominence Eruption Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-28 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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As a pair of active regions began to rotate into view, their towering magnetic field lines above them bloomed into a dazzling display of twisting arches (Oct. 27-28, 2015) in this image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
PIA20048:
Active Regions Blossoming Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-27 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Several arcing loops rotated into view and swirled above an active region, which gave us a nice profile view of the action from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on June 26-27, 2016.
PIA20882:
Bright Arcing Loops Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-09 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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One active region at the edge of the Sun pushed out about ten thrusts of plasma in just over a day long period as observed by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on July 9-10, 2016.
PIA20883:
Weak Thrusts Animation Icon
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