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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-12-05 Asteroid 2532x1417x3
This animation illustrates the modeled trajectories of particles that were ejected from Bennu's surface on Jan. 19, 2019.
PIA23555:
Bennu Particles (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-12-05 Asteroid 535x398x3
This view of asteroid Bennu ejecting particles from its surface on Jan. 6, 2019, was created by combining two images taken by the NavCam 1 imager aboard NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.
PIA23554:
Asteroid Bennu Particles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-10-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space telescope shows a cloud of gas and dust carved out by a massive star. A drawing overlaid on the image reveals why researchers nicknamed this region the Jack-o-lantern Nebula.
PIA23403:
The Jack-o-Lantern Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-09-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a cloud of gas and dust full of bubbles, which are inflated by wind and radiation from massive young stars.
PIA23402:
Spitzer Spots Bubbles and Bow Shocks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-09-12 Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope
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Comet C/2019 Q4 as imaged by the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on Hawaii's Big Island on Sept. 10, 2019.
PIA23462:
Comet C/2019 Q4
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-09-04 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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This visible-light image of the Fireworks galaxy (NGC 6946) comes from the Digital Sky Survey, and is overlaid with data from NASA's NuSTAR observatory (in blue and green).
PIA23401:
NASA Telescope Spots Mystery in Fireworks Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-08-19 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's illustration of the exoplanet LHS 3844b, shows the planet's surface may be covered mostly in dark lava rock, with no apparent atmosphere, according to observations by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA23130:
Rare Glimpse of the Surface of a Rocky World (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-07-31 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows Galaxy NGC 5866, oriented almost exactly edge-on, yielding most of its structural features invisible.
PIA23129:
NASA's Spitzer Spots a Perfectly Sideways Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-06-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This multipanel image by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows how different wavelengths of light can reveal different features of a cosmic object.
PIA23128:
A Whirlpool Warhol Shows Galaxy in Different Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-05-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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A mosaic by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of the Cepheus C and Cepheus B regions. This image combines data from Spitzer's IRAC instrument only.
PIA23127:
Cepheus C and Cepheus B Region by Spitzer (One-Instrument)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-05-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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A mosaic by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of the Cepheus C and Cepheus B regions. This image combines data from Spitzer's IRAC and MIPS instruments.
PIA23126:
Cepheus C and Cepheus B Region by Spitzer (Two-Instrument)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-05-08 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This deep-field view of the sky taken by NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes is dominated by galaxies.
PIA23123:
A Field of Galaxies Seen by Spitzer and Hubble
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-04-29 Asteroid 1220x700x3
This animation shows the distance between the Apophis asteroid and Earth at the time of the asteroid's closest approach.
PIA23195:
Asteroid Apophis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-04-25 Messier 87 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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The galaxy M87, imaged here by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, is home to a supermassive black hole that spews two jets of material out into space at nearly the speed of light.
PIA23122:
Spitzer Captures Messier 87
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-03-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows W40, a nebula, or a giant cloud of gas and dust.
PIA23121:
Space Butterfly
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-03-11 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a long lunar transit on Mar. 6, 2019.
PIA21905:
Criss-Crossing Lunar Transit Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-03-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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The magnetic field lines of the the Cigar Galaxy (also called M82) appear in this composite image produced by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The lines follow the bipolar outflows (red) generated by exceptionally high rates of star formation.
PIA23010:
The Cigar Galaxy's Magnetic Field
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-03-04 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows that the Sun has gone an entire month without any sunspots (Feb. 1-18, 2019).
PIA21218:
Spotless February Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-02-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
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These three images, by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, show merging galaxies observed for the Great Observatories All-sky LIRG Survey, or GOALS.
PIA23009:
GOALS Merging Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-02-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image, by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, shows two merging galaxies known as Arp 302, also called VV 340.
PIA23008:
GOALS Merging Galaxies Arp 302
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-02-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image, by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, shows the merger of two galaxies, known as NGC 6786 (right) and UGC 11415 (left), also collectively called VII Zw 96.
PIA23007:
GOALS Merging Galaxies VII Zw 96
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-02-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image, by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, shows the merger of two galaxies, known as NGC 7752 (larger) and NGC 7753 (smaller), also collectively called Arp86.
PIA23006:
GOALS Merging Galaxies NGC 7752 & 7753
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-02-20 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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Sources of high-energy X-ray light captured by NASA's NuSTAR mission are overlaid on an image of the Whirlpool galaxy and its companion galaxy, M51b, taken by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
PIA23005:
A Hard X-ray Look at M51
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-02-19 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory is in another eclipse season as of Feb. 6, 2019. This image shows the Earth briefly blocking SDO's view of the Sun.
PIA21213:
Spring 2019 Eclipse Season Arrives Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-01-07 Kepler
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's illustration shows the newfound planet K2-288Bb is slightly smaller than Neptune.
PIA23004:
K2-288Bb (Artist's Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-01-07 Kepler
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This diagram image shows the estimated radii of the six planets in the planetary system K2-128, as well as their distance from the parent star.
PIA23003:
K2-138 System Diagram
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-01-07 Kepler
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's illustration shows the planetary system K2-138. Five planets were initially detected in the system but in 2018 scientists found evidence of a sixth planet.
PIA23002:
K2-138 6 Planets Artwork (Artist's Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-24 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory showed four smallish prominences along the sun's edge at about the same time (Dec. 12-14, 2018).
PIA21212:
Small Prominences Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The location of Gaia 17bpi, which lies in the Sagitta constellation, is indicated in this image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA22918:
Star Gaia 17pbi Seen by Spitzer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-18 4534x2550x3
This illustration shows a young star undergoing a type of growth spurt.
PIA22917:
FU Orionis Disk Illustration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-11 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows an active region that appeared on Dec. 5, 2018.
PIA21211:
Solar Active Region's Cameo Appearance Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-10 Hubble Space Telescope
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This image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, shows a bow shock around a very young star, LL Ori.
PIA22914:
Bow Shock Around Young Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-05 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a long-lasting coronal hole has again rotated around to face the Earth (Nov. 28-30, 2018).
PIA18144:
Reappearing Coronal Hole Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-04 Hubble Space Telescope
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These images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope show the central region of the spiral galaxy M100, taken with three generations of cameras that were sequentially swapped out, thus improving the capability of the observatory.
PIA22913:
M100 Through 3 Cameras
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-19 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows two solar prominences, directly at opposite sides of the Sun, over a 26-hour period (Nov. 12-13, 2018).
PIA18143:
Opposing Solar Prominences Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-16 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image of supernova remnant G54.1+0.3, imaged here by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, includes radio, infrared and X-ray light.
PIA22569:
Supernova Remnant G54
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-15 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This image of galaxy W2246-0526, created using data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), shows it is syphoning material away from three companion galaxies through trans-galactic streamers.
PIA22359:
W2246-0526 Accretion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-15 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
ALMA
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This artist's impression shows galaxy WISE J224607.55-052634.9, the most luminous galaxy ever discovered.
PIA22358:
Most Luminous Galaxy is Eating Its Neighbors (Artist's Impression)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-14 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a lunar transit, when the Moon partially blocked SDO's view of the Sun on Nov. 7, 2018.
PIA18142:
SDO Observes a Partial Lunar Eclipse Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-12 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a good-sized coronal hole at a slanted angle nearly centered on the face of the sun (Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2018).
PIA18141:
Central Coronal Hole Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-10-29 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows that a solar prominence rose up above the Sun's surface, twisted and spun around, then became elongated and broke away. (Oct. 24-25, 2018).
PIA18140:
Eruptive Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-10-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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The Cat's Paw Nebula, imaged here by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, shows a dark filament running through the middle, composed of dense gas and dust.
PIA22567:
Cat's Paw Image 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-10-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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The Cat's Paw Nebula, imaged here by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, is a star-forming region that lies inside the Milky Way Galaxy.
PIA22568:
Cat's Paw Image 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-10-17 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the Sun's rotation bringing a new active region into view, revealing the dynamic arches and twisting streams of its magnetic field (Oct. 10-11, 2018).
PIA18139:
Sole Active Region in Profile Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-09-24 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows two images taken at virtually the same time but in different wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light.
PIA22724:
Two Wavelengths, Two Different Images Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-09-17 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows that in just about seven hours, the SDO spacecraft saw the moon transit the Sun two times (Sept. 9-10, 2018).
PIA22723:
Double Lunar Transit Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-09-17 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows that a large coronal hole began to emerge and intensify (Sept. 4-6, 2018).
PIA22722:
Emerging Coronal Hole Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-09-03 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows that over the course of just one day a tiny active region grew to became almost as large as its many-days-old neighbor (Aug. 23-24, 2018).
PIA22680:
New Active Region Grows Up Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-08-20 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a minor eruption of charged particles rising up and twisting about before falling back into the Sun in this close-up of the Sun from a two-hour period on Aug. 13, 2018.
PIA22673:
Twisting Outburst Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-08-14 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory scientists use their computer models to generate a view of the sun's magnetic field. An extreme ultraviolet view of the sun is compared with the same image showing the superimposed field lines on August 10, 2018.
PIA22662:
Magnetic Field Portrayed Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-08-09 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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Based on data from NASA's Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes, these simulated views of the ultrahot Jupiter WASP-121b show what the planet might look like from five different vantage points, illuminated to different degrees by its parent star.
PIA22565:
Ultrahot Jupiter WASP-121b
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-08-07 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observes two relatively small prominences above the Sun's surface twisted and streamed charged particles over a 20-hour period July 30-31, 2018.
PIA22661:
Twisting Prominences Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-08-02 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Thin, red veins of energized gas mark the location of the supernova remnant HBH 3 in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA22564:
Spitzer Spies Supernova Remnant HBH 3
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-07-31 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Over a three-week period July 3-24, 2018, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed the Sun produced just one small, short-lived sunspot -- an almost spotless record.
PIA22646:
An Almost Spotless Record Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-07-24 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory zoomed in to watch close-up the dynamics of this single active region on the sun over a two-day period on July 14-16, 2018. These regions are often the sources of large eruptions that cause solar storms.
PIA22645:
Detailed Loops Above an Active Region Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-07-17 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed this profile perspective of an active region revealed above it June 24-25, 2018. Charged particles spinning along these field lines are illuminated in this wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light.
PIA22589:
Festoons of Loops Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-07-05 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed an active region on June 19th, quickly growing in size over two days June 20-22, 2018. Active regions are areas of enhanced magnetic activity on the Sun's surface, generating the huge loops and dynamic surges.
PIA22582:
Rambunctious Active Region Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-06-28 3200x1800x3
This artist's illustration shows the comet 'Oumuamua racing toward the outskirts of our solar system.
PIA22357:
'Oumuamua Races Toward Outskirts of Solar System (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-06-26 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a small prominence hovered above the sun's surface over a two-day period June 12-14, 2018, before breaking off into space.
PIA22537:
Evolving Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-06-15 Hubble Space Telescope
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An image of the galaxy Arp299B, which is undergoing a merging process with Arp299A (the galaxy to the left), captured by NASA's Hubble space telescope.
PIA22356:
A Tidal Disruption Event in Arp299B
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-06-15 3816x2160x3
An artist's concept of a tidal disruption event (TDE) that happens when a star passes fatally close to a supermassive black hole, which reacts by launching a relativistic jet.
PIA22355:
Black Hole vs. Star: A Tidal Disruption Event (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-06-11 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed giant, bright coronal loops trace out the magnetic field lines above an active region from June 4-6, 2018.
PIA22508:
Ballet of Loops Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-06-04 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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This close-up from a video clip taken May 30-June 1, 2018 by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a large active region in extreme ultraviolet light as the bright magnetic field lines above it shift and twist.
PIA22475:
Dynamic Looping Action Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-05-29 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On May 23-25, 2018, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed an active region that rotated into view and sputtered with numerous small flares and towering magnetic field lines that stretched out many times the diameter of Earth.
PIA22461:
New Active Region Sputtering with Small Flares Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-05-22 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On May 16-18, 2018, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a good-sized coronal hole come around to where it is just about faced Earth. Coronal holes are areas of open magnetic field from which solar wind (charged particles) streams into space.
PIA00575:
Coronal Hole Rotating Towards Us Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-05-15 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On May 2-4, 2018, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed an extensive equatorial coronal hole has rotated so that it is now facing Earth. The dark coronal hole extends about halfway across the solar disk.
PIA00577:
Coronal Hole Facing Earth Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-05-08 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed an extensive equatorial, dark coronal hole extending about halfway across the solar disk on May 2-4, 2018.
PIA00624:
Coronal Hole Facing Earth Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-05-01 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a lone active region visible on the sun putting on a fine display with its tangled magnetic field lines swaying and twisting above it (Apr. 24-26, 2018) in a wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light.
PIA22449:
Tangled Up in Blue Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-04-23 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A good-sized active region with bright, towering arches began to rotate into NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory's view (Apr. 18-19, 2018).
PIA22430:
Active Region Coming Around the Bend Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-04-20 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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The sun featured just one, rather small active region over the past few days, but it developed rapidly and sported a lot of magnetic activity in just one day (Apr. 11-12, 2018) as observed by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
PIA06676:
Small but Dynamic Active Region Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-04-16 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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For much of this week the sun featured three substantial coronal holes observed by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory April 3-6, 2018. These are areas of open magnetic field from which high speed solar wind rushes out into space.
PIA22414:
Three Coronal Holes Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-04-09 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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With no active regions currently on the face of the sun, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a bristling active region showing numerous arches of bright, magnetic field lines blossoming out and towering above it beginning to rotate into view.
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Wavelength Comparisons Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-04-02 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory ran together three sequences of the sun taken in three different extreme ultraviolet wavelengths to show how different features appearing in one sequence are difficult to see in the others (Mar. 20-21, 2018).
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Wavelength Comparisons Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-03-26 Kepler
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This image from an animation shows the merger of two white dwarfs. A white dwarf is an extremely dense remnant of a star that can no longer burn nuclear fuel at its core.
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Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars (Type Ia Supernova from a White Dwarf Merger) Animation Icon
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This image from an animation shows the explosion of a white dwarf, an extremely dense remnant of a star that can no longer burn nuclear fuel at its core.
PIA22352:
Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars (Type Ia Supernova from a White Dwarf Stealing Matter) Animation Icon
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This image from an animation shows a kind of stellar explosion called a Fast-Evolving Luminous Transient. In this case, a giant star 'burp' out a shell of gas and dust about a year before exploding.
PIA22351:
Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars (Type Felt Supernova) Animation Icon
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This image from an animation shows a gigantic star exploding in a 'core collapse' supernova. As molecules fuse inside the star, eventually the star can't support its own weight anymore.
PIA22350:
Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars (Core Collapse Supernova) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-03-19 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Coronal holes are areas of open magnetic fields from which solar wind rushes out into space. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed this long coronal hole that stretched out across more than half the diameter of the sun (Mar. 13-15, 2018).
PIA22345:
Elongated Coronal Hole Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-03-06 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A relatively small active region erupted twice in 18 hours on Mar. 2, 2018, as observed by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. After each burst, one can see the magnetic fields lines, which appear as bright coils, spiraling around the region.
PIA22260:
Small Bursts
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-16 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On the 8th anniversary of its launch in 2010, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured a total solar eclipse on Feb. 11, 2018 when Earth crossed in front of the sun. It lasted just 31 minutes.
PIA22259:
SDO's Version of an Eclipse
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-15 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed the sun's only visible active region as it sputtered and spurted and eventually unleashed a small (C-class) flare on Feb. 7, 2018.
PIA22244:
One Small Flare Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-07 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed no sunspots for almost two weeks (as of Feb. 1, 2018) and just has a single, tiny one that appeared on Jan. 31, 2018.
PIA22242:
Spotless Days Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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This is a frame from a video which shows illustrations of the seven Earth-size planets of TRAPPIST-1, an exoplanet system about 40 light-years away, based on data current as of February 2018.
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TRAPPIST-1 Planet Animations
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TRAPPIST
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This illustration shows the seven Earth-size planets of TRAPPIST-1. The image does not show the planets' orbits to scale, but highlights possibilities for how the surfaces of these intriguing worlds might look.
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Illustration of TRAPPIST-1 Planets as of Feb. 2018
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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All seven planets discovered in orbit around the red dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 could easily fit inside the orbit of Mercury, the innermost planet of our solar system. In fact, they would have room to spare.
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TRAPPIST-1 Compared to Jovian Moons and Inner Solar System - Updated Feb. 2018
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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This graph presents known properties of the seven TRAPPIST-1 exoplanets (labeled b through h), showing how they stack up to the inner rocky worlds in our own solar system.
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Comparing TRAPPIST-1 to the Solar System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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This chart shows artist concepts of the seven planets of TRAPPIST-1 with their orbital periods, distances from their star, radii, masses, densities and surface gravity as compared to those of Earth. These numbers are current as of February 2018.
PIA22094:
TRAPPIST-1 Planet Lineup - Updated Feb. 2018
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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This artist's concept shows what the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system may look like, based on available data about the planets' diameters, masses and distances from the host star, as of February 2018.
PIA22093:
TRAPPIST-1 Planet Lineup - Updated Feb. 2018
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-31 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a small coronal mass ejection that was also associated with a small flare on Jan. 22, 2018.
PIA22184:
Small Flare and a Coronal Mass Ejection Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-31 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image of distant interacting galaxies, known collectively as Arp 142, bears an uncanny resemblance to a penguin guarding an egg. Data from NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes have been combined to show these dramatic galaxies.
PIA22092:
Arp 142: The Penguin and the Egg
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-18 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a prominence rising up above the sun, sending an arch of plasma to link up magnetically with an active region over a one-day period (Jan, 9-10, 2017).
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Reversing Prominence Animation Icon
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Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a small prominence rose up above the sun, appeared to twist around for several hours, and then began to send some streams of plasma back into the sun (Jan. 3-4, 2018).
PIA22198:
Small Twisting Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-11 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept showcases both the visible and infrared visualizations of the Orion Nebula, looking down a 'valley' leading to the star cluster at far end.
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Visible and Infrared Visualization of the Orion Nebula (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-11 Kepler
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This artist concept shows the K2-138 system, the first multi-planet system discovered by citizen scientists.
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Kepler K2-138 System (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-11 Hubble Space Telescope
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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows the farthest galaxy yet seen in an image that has been stretched and amplified by a phenomenon called gravitational lensing.
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NASA's Hubble Spots Embryonic Galaxy SPT0615-JD
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-04 2014 MU69 New Horizons
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This artist's impression is of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft encountering 2014 MU69, a Kuiper Belt object that orbits one billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto, on Jan. 1, 2019.
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New Horizons Encountering 2014 MU69 (Artist's Impression)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-29 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed an elongated coronal hole (the darker area near the center) seeming to shape itself into a single, recognizable question mark over the period of one day (Dec. 21-22, 2017).
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The Sun Forms a Question Animation Icon
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Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A small prominence observed in profile arched up and sent streams of plasma curling back into the sun over a 30-hour period on Dec. 13-14, 2017 by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
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Curling Prominence Animation Icon
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Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a small prominence, slowly rising further up above the sun, then fell apart and back into the sun over about seven hours (Dec. 6, 2017).
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Prominence Falls Apart Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-14 Kepler
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With the discovery of an eighth planet, NASA's Kepler-90 system is the first to tie with our solar system in number of planets. This is an artist's concept compared with our own solar system.
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Kepler-90 System Compared to Our Solar System (Artist's Concept)
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