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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 2007-03-07 Z Camelopardalis Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Far-ultraviolet Detector
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This composite image NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows Z Camelopardalis, or Z Cam, a double-star system featuring a collapsed, dead star, called a white dwarf, and a companion star, as well as a ghostly shell around the system.
PIA09220:
Scene of Multiple Explosions Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-03-07 Z Camelopardalis Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Far-ultraviolet Detector
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This enhanced image from the far-ultraviolet detector on NASA's Galaxy Evolution shows a ghostly shell of ionized gas around Z Camelopardalis, a binary, or double-star system featuring a collapsed, dead star known as a white dwarf, and a companion star.
PIA09219:
Ghostly Remnant of an Explosive Past Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-04 Whirlpool Galaxy Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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The image from NASA's Hubble Telescope shows spiral arms and dust clouds in the nearby Whirlpool galaxy. Visible starlight and light from the emission of glowing hydrogen is seen, which is associated with the most luminous young stars in the spiral arms.
PIA04230:
Whirlpool Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-08-22 W5 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Generations of stars can be seen in this new infrared portrait from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. In this wispy star-forming region, called W5, the oldest stars can be seen as blue dots in the centers of the two hollow cavities.
PIA11046:
Spitzer Reveals Stellar 'Family Tree'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-08-22 W5 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Generations of stars can be seen in this new infrared portrait from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. In this wispy star-forming region, called W5, the oldest stars can be seen as blue dots in the centers of the two hollow cavities.
PIA11047:
Spitzer Reveals Stellar 'Family Tree'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 Virgo Galaxy Cluster Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of a small area of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies.
PIA07906:
Virgo Galaxy Cluster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-10 Vega Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist concept illustrates how a massive collision of objects perhaps as large as the planet Pluto smashed together to create the dust ring around the nearby star Vega.
PIA07217:
Massive Smash-up at Vega (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-10 Vega Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope recently captured these images of the star Vega, located 25 light years away in the constellation Lyra.
PIA07218:
Tiny Particles, So Far Away
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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 2009-05-28 VB 10 2400x3000x3
This artist's diagram compares our solar system (below) to the VB 10 star system. Astronomers successfully used the astrometry planet-hunting method for the first time to discover a gas planet, called VB 10b, around a very tiny star, VB 10.
PIA12014:
Bizarre Planetary System (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-05-28 VB 10 3000x2400x3
This artist's concept shows the smallest star known to host a planet. The planet, called VB 10b, was discovered using astrometry, a method in which the wobble induced by a planet on its star is measured precisely on the sky.
PIA12015:
A Planet as Big as its Star (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-02 Trifid Nebula Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
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Atlas Image mosaic, covering 14.8' x 20.0' on the sky, of the Trifid Nebula, aka Messier 20 and NGC 6514. The Trifid is only about 1.5 degrees northwest on the sky of the larger Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8) in the constellation Sagittarius
PIA04220:
Trifid Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-12 Trifid Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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The Trifid Nebula is a giant star-forming cloud of gas and dust located 5,400 light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius, seen here by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA07225:
New Views of a Familiar Beauty
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-02 Thackeray's Globules Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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Strangely glowing, floating dark clouds are silhouetted against nearby bright stars in a busy star-forming region viewed by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope
PIA04223:
Thackeray's Globules
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-13 Tarantula Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, formerly known as the Space Infrared Telescope Facility, has captured in stunning detail the spidery filaments and newborn stars of theTarantula Nebula, a rich star-forming region also known as 30 Doradus.
PIA05062:
The Tarantula Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-09-13 Sol (our sun) Voyager
VG ISS - Wide Angle
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This color image of the sun, Earth and Venus was taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft Feb. 14, 1990, when it was approximately 32 degrees above the plane of the ecliptic and at a slant-range distance of approximately 4 billion miles.
PIA00450:
Solar System Portrait - View of the Sun, Earth and Venus
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-09-13 Sol (our sun) Voyager
VG ISS - Wide Angle
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The cameras of Voyager 1 on Feb. 14, 1990, pointed back toward the sun and took a series of pictures of the sun and the planets, making the first ever 'portrait' of our solar system as seen from the outside.
PIA00451:
Solar System Portrait - 60 Frame Mosaic
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-02-17 Sol (our sun) SOHO
Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope aboard ESA’s SOHO spacecraft took this image of a huge, handle-shaped prominence in 1999. Prominences are huge clouds of relatively cool dense plasma suspended in the Sun's hot, thin corona.
PIA03149:
Handle-shaped Prominence
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-02-17 Sol (our sun) SOHO
Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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This composite image combines NASA's Extreme Ultravoilet Imaging Telescope images from three wavelengths into one that reveals solar features unique to each wavelength.
PIA03150:
Color Composite of Solar Features
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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 2004-01-10 Sol (our sun) Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This image shows the Sun as it appears on Mars throughout the day. Scientists monitor the dimming of the setting Sun to assess how much dust is in the martian atmosphere. The pictures were taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's panoramic camera.
PIA05041:
Martian Sunsets More Than Just Pretty
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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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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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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 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) satellites have provided the first three-dimensional images of the Sun. The structure of the corona shows well in this image.
PIA09320:
Full Disk Image of the Sun, March 26, 2007
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) satellites have provided the first three-dimensional images of the Sun. The structure of the corona shows well in this image. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA09321:
Full Disk Image of the Sun, March 26, 2007 (Anaglyph)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) satellites have provided the first three-dimensional images of the Sun. The structure of the corona shows well in this image.
PIA09322:
Close-up View of an Active Region of the Sun, March 23, 2007
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-15 Sol (our sun) Cassini-Huygens
MIMI
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As the solar wind flows from the sun, it creates a bubble in space known as the 'heliosphere' around our solar system. The heliosphere is the region of space under the influence of our sun.
PIA12310:
The Bubble of Our Solar System Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting.
PIA09324:
Closer View of the Equatorial Region of the Sun, March 24, 2007
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting.
PIA09326:
Right Limb of the South Pole of the Sun, March 18, 2007
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting.
PIA09328:
North Pole of the Sun, March 20, 2007
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting. .
PIA09330:
South Pole of the Sun, March 20, 2007
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting.
PIA09332:
Left Limb of North Pole of the Sun, March 20, 2007
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting. 3D glasses are necessary.
PIA09323:
Close-up View of an Active Region of the Sun, March 23, 2007 (Anaglyph)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting. 3D glasses are necessary.
PIA09325:
Closer View of the Equatorial Region of the Sun, March 24, 2007 (Anaglyph)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting. 3D glasses are necessary.
PIA09327:
Right Limb of the South Pole of the Sun, March 18, 2007 (Anaglyph)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting. 3D glasses are necessary.
PIA09329:
North Pole of the Sun, March 20, 2007 (Anaglyph)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting. 3D glasses are necessary.
PIA09331:
South Pole of the Sun, March 20, 2007 (Anaglyph)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting. 3D glasses are necessary.
PIA09333:
Left Limb of North Pole of the Sun, March 20, 2007 (Anaglyph)
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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 2012-12-03 Sol (our sun) Voyager
Magnetometer
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This artist's concept shows how NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft is bathed in solar wind from the southern hemisphere flowing northward. This phenomenon creates a layer of giant bubble of solar ions just inside the outer boundary of the heliosphere.
PIA16482:
The Sun's Southern Wind Flows Northward (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This artist's concept shows plasma flows around NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft as it approaches interstellar space. Voyager 1's low-energy charged particle instrument detects the speed of the wind of plasma, or hot ionized gas, streaming off the sun.
PIA16483:
Plasma Flow Near Voyager 1 (Artist Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This artist's concept shows the different expected directions of the magnetic fields in interstellar space (black lines) and the magnetic field emanating from our sun (white lines) as NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft travels northward out of the heliosphere.
PIA16485:
Solar and Interstellar Magnetic Fields (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This image from a set of animations show NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft exploring a new region in our solar system called the 'magnetic highway'.
PIA16486:
Voyager 1 Explores the "Magnetic Highway" Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-27 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This artist's concept shows NASA's two Voyager spacecraft exploring a turbulent region of space known as the heliosheath, the outer shell of the bubble of charged particles around our sun.
PIA17033:
Voyagers in the Heliosheath (Cropped)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-27 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft exploring a region called the 'depletion region' or 'magnetic highway' at the outer limits of our heliosphere, the bubble the sun blows around itself.
PIA17034:
Transitional Regions at the Heliosphere's Outer Limits
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
Plasma Wave Instrument
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This visual represents sounds captured of interstellar space by NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft. Voyager 1's plasma wave instrument detected the vibrations of dense interstellar plasma.
PIA17045:
Voyager Captures Sounds of Interstellar Space Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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Voyager 1 has entered interstellar space. NASA's spacecraft, which rose from Earth on a September morning 36 years ago, has traveled farther than anyone, or anything, in history.
PIA17046:
Voyager Goes Interstellar (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This artist's concept shows the general locations of NASA's two Voyager spacecraft. Voyager 1 (top) has sailed beyond our solar bubble into interstellar space. Voyager 2 (bottom) is still exploring the outer layer of the solar bubble.
PIA17048:
One Voyager Out, One Voyager In (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Voyager spacecraft against a backdrop of stars.
PIA17049:
Voyager in Space (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This graphic of Voyager 1 shows its location when it crossed into interstellar space.
PIA17441:
Observed Change in Density Shows Voyager is in Interstellar Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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The artist's concept on left is based on theoretical models predicting the direction and strength of magnetic field lines coming from the sun and interstellar space.
PIA17442:
Mystery of the Interstellar Magnetic Field (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This artist's concept shows the outer layers of our solar bubble, or heliosphere, and nearby interstellar space. NASA's Voyager 1 is currently exploring a region of interstellar space.
PIA17460:
Moving into Interstellar Space (Artist Concept)
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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 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This artist's concept depicts NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft entering interstellar space. Interstellar space is dominated by the plasma, or ionized gas, that was ejected by the death of nearby giant stars millions of years ago.
PIA17462:
Voyager 1 Entering Interstellar Space (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This schematic shows our solar bubble moving through nearby interstellar space, or the space between stars.
PIA17463:
Heliosphere Traveling Through Interstellar Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-02-15 Sol (our sun) SOHO
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Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) was launched in December 1995 by an Atlas Centaur rocket and became operational in March 1996.
PIA18170:
SOHO Spacecraft (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-22 Sol (our sun) NuSTAR
NuSTAR
SDO
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X-rays stream off the sun in this first picture of the sun, overlaid on a picture taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), taken by NASA's NuSTAR. The field of view covers the west limb of the sun.
PIA18906:
Sun Shines in High-Energy X-rays
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-20 Sol (our sun) Cassini-Huygens
MIMI
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft created this image of the bubble around our solar system based on emissions of particles known as energetic neutral atoms.
PIA12374:
Particles from the Heliosphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-11 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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The dark region seen on the face of the sun at the end of March 2013 is a coronal hole (just above and to the right of the middle of the picture), which is a source of fast solar wind leaving the sun in this image from NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory.
PIA17669:
Pulses from the Sun
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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 2015-07-08 Sol (our sun) NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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Flaring, active regions of our sun are highlighted in this image combining observations from several telescopes. During the observations, microflares went off, which are smaller versions of the larger flares that also erupt from the sun's surface.
PIA19821:
NuSTAR Stares at the Sun
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-10 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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An eruption from the surface of the sun is conspicuous in the lower left portion of this July 6, 2015, image from NASA's Earth-orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).
PIA19680:
Solar Activity Seen at Sunspot Site Tracked by Mars Rover
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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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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 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 2015-08-26 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 large group of sunspots that rotated across the Sun over six days (Aug. 21-26, 2015).
PIA19876:
Big Sunspot Group 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 2015-04-03 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A pair of substantial coronal holes were the most notable features on the Sun over the week of Mar. 28 - Apr. 2, 2015. The images were taken in a wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light by NASA GSFC's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
PIA17915:
Two Coronal Holes Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-29 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A large, dark coronal hole at the bottom of the Sun has been the most dominant feature this week (Jan. 29, 2014) as seen by NASA GSFC's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
PIA17914:
Substantial Coronal Hole
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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 2015-08-19 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 2015-08-06 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 2015-09-13 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On Sept. 13, 2015, as NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, kept up its constant watch on the sun. Just as the moon came into SDO's field of view on a path to cross the sun, Earth entered the picture, blocking SDO's view completely.
PIA19949:
SDO Transit, September 2015 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 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 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 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 2016-02-09 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 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 2016-05-18 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A substantial coronal hole had rotated so that it temporarily faced right towards Earth (May, 17-19, 2016). This coronal hole area is the dark area at the top center of this image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
PIA15379:
Coronal Hole Front and Center Animation Icon
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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 2016-06-16 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Each day NASA solar scientists produce overlays (in white lines) that show how magnetic field lines above the sun are configured (June 16, 2016). The lines are tightly bundled near the lighter-toned active regions, which are magnetically intense regions.
PIA20881:
Magnetic Field Illuminated
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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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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 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
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Solar Flares with some Flair Animation Icon
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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 2005-05-05 Stephan's Quintet,NGC 7331 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of the interacting group of galaxies known as Stephan's Quintet (NGC 7317, NGC 7318A, NGC 7318B, NGC 7319, NGC 7320, lower left).
PIA07905:
Interacting Group of Galaxies Known as Stephan's Quintet
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-02 Stephan's Quintet,NGC 7319, NGC 7318B, NGC 7318A Hubble Space Telescope
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In the image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, angelic figures take on the form of the galactic group called Stephan's Quintet.
PIA04201:
Stephan's Quintet
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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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In this artist's visualization, the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed 'Sedna,' is shown where it resides at the outer edges of the known solar system.
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Artist's Concept of Sedna
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The artist's rendition shows the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed 'Sedna,' in relation to other bodies in the solar system, including Earth and its Moon; Pluto; and Quaoar, a planetoid beyond Pluto.
PIA05567:
Sedna Size Comparisons (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-15 Sedna Samuel Oschin Telescope
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These three panels show the first detection of the faint distant object dubbed 'Sedna.' Imaged on November 14th from 6:32 to 9:38 Universal Time, Sedna was identified by the slight shift in position noted in these three pictures taken at different times.
PIA05568:
Sedna Discovery Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-15 Sedna Samuel Oschin Telescope
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These four panels show the location of the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed 'Sedna,' which lies in the farthest reaches of our solar system.
PIA05569:
Sedna Orbit Comparisons
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-02 Rotten Egg Nebula Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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Violent gas collisions that produced supersonic shock fronts in a dying star are seen in a new, detailed image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA04228:
Rotten Egg Nebula
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