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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.
PIA22098:
TRAPPIST-1 Planet Animations
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
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.
PIA22097:
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.
PIA22096:
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.
PIA22095:
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).
PIA22199:
Reversing Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-12 Sol (our sun) SDO
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.
PIA22089:
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.
PIA22088:
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.
PIA22079:
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.
PIA22190:
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).
PIA22197:
The Sun Forms a Question Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-18 Sol (our sun) SDO
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.
PIA22196:
Curling Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-15 Sol (our sun) SDO
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).
PIA22195:
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.
PIA22193:
Kepler-90 System Compared to Our Solar System (Artist's Concept)
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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.
PIA22192:
Kepler-90 system (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-13 MAVEN
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To receive the same amount of starlight as Mars receives from our Sun, a planet orbiting an M-type red dwarf would have to be positioned much closer to its star than Mercury is to the Sun.
PIA22075:
How Habitable Might an Exo-Mars Be?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-11 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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This image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a prominence at the sun's edge shifted and slithered back and forth over a one-day period on Nov. 29-30, 2017.
PIA22123:
Slithering Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-29 2700x2282x3
A NASA-led team of scientists determined that WASP-18b, a 'hot Jupiter' located 325 light-years from Earth, has a stratosphere that's loaded with carbon monoxide, but has no signs of water.
PIA22087:
WASP-18b (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-28 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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This image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a developing filament near the edge of the sun churned and twisted as the rotating sun brought it into clearer view over a day on Nov. 16-17, 2017.
PIA22120:
Churning Filament Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-16 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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This image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a broad coronal hole, the dominant feature this week on the sun on Nov. 7-9, 2017. It was easily recognizable as the dark expanse across the top of the sun and extending down in each side.
PIA22113:
Coronal Hole All Spread Out Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-16 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The super-Earth exoplanet 55 Cancri e, depicted with its star in this artist's concept, likely has an atmosphere thicker than Earth's but with ingredients that could be similar to those of Earth's atmosphere.
PIA22069:
55 Cancri e with Atmosphere (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-08 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory came across an oddity this week that the spacecraft has rarely observed before: a dark filament encircling an active region on Oct. 29-31, 2017.
PIA22104:
Rare Encircling Filament Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-02 NuSTAR
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This artist's concept shows a black hole with an accretion disk -- a flat structure of material orbiting the black hole -- and a jet of hot gas, called plasma.
PIA22085:
Black Hole With Jet (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This artist's concept shows an exoplanet and debris disk orbiting a polluted white dwarf. White dwarfs are dim, dense remnants of stars similar to the Sun that have exhausted their nuclear fuel and blown off their outer layers.
PIA22084:
Polluted White Dwarf (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-31 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured these images showing the sun from its surface to its upper atmosphere in order of temperature, all taken at about the same time on Oct. 27, 2017.
PIA22055:
From Hot to Hottest Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-23 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a small eruption on Oct. 18, 2017. The source of the blast was just out of sight beyond the edge of the sun.
PIA22050:
Quick Solar Outburst Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-16 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a dark structure, shaped kind of like the Pi symbol, spreading across much of the top of the sun this week (Oct. 12-13, 2017).
PIA22047:
Sprawling Coronal Hole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-16 NGC 4993 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has provisionally detected the faint afterglow of the explosive merger of two neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993.
PIA21910:
Spitzer Observes Neutron Star Collision
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-11 2048x1152x3
This artist's rendering shows a large exoplanet causing small bodies to collide in a disk of dust.
PIA22082:
Giant Exoplanet and Debris Disk (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-09 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a pair of active regions (the brighter areas) move and change as they rotate with the sun over just a 17-hour period (Oct. 4-5, 2017).
PIA22039:
Dynamic Duo Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-04 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, observed three distinct active regions with towering arches above them rotated into view over a three-day period (Sept. 24-26, 2017). To give some sense of scale, the largest arches rose up many times the size of Earth.
PIA22038:
Trio of Tempests Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-04 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This illustration depicts a hypothetical uneven ring of dust orbiting KIC 8462852, also known as Boyajian's Star or Tabby's Star.
PIA22081:
Tabby's Star (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-18 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On Sept. 10, 2017, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, observed the Sun erupting with an X8 solar flare, one of the largest of the current solar cycle.
PIA21958:
Major Solar Flare Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-11 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a large sunspot, source of a powerful solar flare (an X 9.3) and a coronal mass ejection (Sept. 6, 2017). The flare was the largest solar flare of the last decade.
PIA21949:
Major Solar Flare Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-02 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a large coronal hole has been spewing solar wind particles in the general direction of Earth over the past few days (Aug. 31- Sept. 1, 2017).
PIA21942:
Extensive Coronal Hole Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-23 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a partial eclipse that at its peak covered only about 14 per cent of the sun on Aug. 21, 2017.
PIA21929:
SDO Saw Only a Partial Eclipse Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-17 Spitzer Space Telescope
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By using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have found that the varying glow of brown dwarfs over time can be explained by bands of patchy clouds rotating at different speeds, as shown in this artist's concept.
PIA21752:
Brown Dwarf Weather (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-14 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a substantial coronal hole rotated into a position where it is facing Earth on Aug. 9-11, 2017.
PIA21874:
Coronal Hole Faces Earth Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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This artist's concept shows what the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system may look like from a vantage point near planet TRAPPIST-1f (at right).
PIA21751:
TRAPPIST-1 System - Artist Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-07 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a large sunspot (called AR2665) that rotated out of view about two weeks ago has returned on Aug. 1-2, 2017.
PIA21873:
Old Sunspot Returns Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-04 2014 MU69 New Horizons
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Artist's concept of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, which is the next flyby target for NASA's New Horizons mission.
PIA21868:
Artist's Concept of 2014 MU69 as a Single Object
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-04 2014 MU69 New Horizons
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This is one artist's concept of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, the next flyby target for NASA's New Horizons mission.
PIA21867:
A Kuiper Belt Pair? Artist's Concept of 2014 MU69 as a Binary Object
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-01 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a sheet of plasma blasted out into space from just behind the edge of the sun on July 28, 2017.
PIA21866:
Sheet of Plasma Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-25 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed numerous arches of magnetic field lines dancing and swaying above a large active region over about a 30-hour period July 17-18, 2017.
PIA21838:
Kinked Loop Stretching Between Two Active Regions Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-19 Kuiper Belt Object New Horizons
LORRI
MVIC
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This frame from an animation shows a Kuiper Belt object know as 2014 MU69, as seen by NASA's New Horizons.
PIA21865:
Wink of a Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-18 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a medium-sized flare, lasting almost two hours, and a coronal mass ejection erupting from the same, large active region on July 14, 2017.
PIA21836:
Bastille Day Solar Flare and a Coronal Mass Ejection Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-12 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A prominence at the edge of the sun provided NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory with a splendid view of solar plasma as it churned and streamed over less than one day (June 25-26, 2017).
PIA21783:
New Lone Sunspot Group Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A prominence at the edge of the sun provided NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory with a splendid view of solar plasma as it churned and streamed over less than one day (June 25-26, 2017).
PIA21768:
Streaming Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-27 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a smallish solar filament looks like it collapsed into the sun and set off a minor eruption that hurled plasma into space on June 20, 2017.
PIA21764:
Coils of Magnetic Field Lines Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-19 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory sees several short stalks of cooler, darker plasma spun and twisted as they interacted with each other at the sun's edge, June 14-15, 2017.
PIA21761:
Twisting Plasma Interactions Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-06 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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This illustration shows a red dwarf star orbited by a hypothetical exoplanet. By mining data from NASA's GALEX spacecraft, a team of astronomers identified dozens of flares at a range of durations and strengths.
PIA21473:
Flaring Red Dwarf Star (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-05 KELT-9b 5120x2880x3
This artist's concept shows planet KELT-9b orbiting its host star, KELT-9. It is the hottest gas giant planet discovered so far.
PIA21472:
Hottest Hot Jupiter Animation (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-02 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a pair of relatively small (but frenetic) active regions rotated into view, spouting off numerous small flares and sweeping loops of plasma (May 31-June 2, 2017).
PIA21756:
Energized Active Regions Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-30 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observes a solar prominence at the sun's edge putting on quite a display of plasma being pushed and pulled by unstable magnetic fields (May 22-24, 2017).
PIA21650:
Hedgerow Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-25 Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
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This pair of visible-light and near-infrared photos from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows the giant star N6946-BH1 before and after it vanished out of sight by imploding to form a black hole.
PIA21467:
Massive Star Goes Out With a Whimper Instead of a Bang
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-25 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This illustration shows the final stages in the life of a supermassive star that fails to explode as a supernova, but instead implodes to form a black hole.
PIA21466:
Massive Star Goes Out With a Whimper Instead of a Bang (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-22 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spots several bright bands of plasma connect from one active region to another, even though they are tens of thousands of miles away from each other (May 17-18, 2017).
PIA21638:
Active Regions' Magnetic Connection Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-16 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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At the edge of the sun, a large prominence and a small prominence began to shift, turn and fall apart in less than one day, observed by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, May 8-9, 2017.
PIA21634:
Two Prominences Unraveling Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-10 Hubble Space Telescope
XMM-Newton
Chandra X-ray Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
Very Large Array (VLA)
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This image of the Crab Nebula combines data from five different telescopes. It is know as the expanding gaseous remnant from a star that self-detonated as a supernova, briefly shining as brightly as 400 million suns.
PIA21474:
Crab Nebula from Five Observatories
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-09 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Strands of plasma at the sun's edge shifted and twisted back and forth over a 22-hour period, May 2-3, 2017. In this close-up from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, the strands are being manipulated by strong magnetic forces associated with active region
PIA21632:
Shifting Plasma Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-01 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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The magnetic field lines between a pair of active regions formed a beautiful set of swaying arches rising up above them Apr. 24-26, 2017, as seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
PIA21604:
Solar Golden Arches
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-24 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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An active region that had just rotated into NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory's view blasted out a coronal mass ejection, which was immediately followed by a bright series of post-coronal loops seeking to reorganize that region's magnetic field.
PIA21598:
Cascading Post-coronal Loops
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-18 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A dark, elongated filament rose up and broke to the lower left and out from the sun seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, Apr.9-10, 2017. Filaments are cooler clouds of plasma tethered above the sun's surface by magnetic forces.
PIA21592:
Filament Breakaway Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-12 Kepler
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This artist's concept shows a hypothetical planet covered in water around the binary star system of Kepler-35A and B.
PIA21470:
Water World Artist Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-11 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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An active region at the sun's edge produced several M5-class (medium sized) flares over a ten-hour period on Apr. 3, 2017, as seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
PIA21584:
Flares in Profile Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-11 New Horizons
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This is an overhead view of NASA's New Horizons full trajectory; the spacecraft has entered a hibernation phase on April 7 that will last until early September.
PIA21589:
Nap Time for New Horizons: NASA Spacecraft Enters Hibernation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-04 New Horizons
LORRI
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In preparation for NASA's New Horizons flyby of 2014 MU69 on Jan. 1, 2019, the spacecraft's LORRI took a series of 10-second exposures of the background star field near the location of its target Kuiper Belt object (KBO).
PIA21588:
A KBO among the Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-28 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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As an active region rotated into view, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory was able to observe well-defined magnetic loops gyrating above the sun between Mar, 23-24, 2017.
PIA21583:
Dynamic Loops in Profile Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-23 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
NuSTAR
GALEX Telescope
NuSTAR
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NASA's NuSTAR has identified a candidate pulsar in Andromeda, the nearest large galaxy to the Milky Way. This likely pulsar is brighter at high energies than the Andromeda galaxy's entire black hole population.
PIA20970:
Pulsar Candidate in Andromeda
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-22 SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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The sun has been virtually spotless, as in no sunspots, over the past 11 days, a spotless stretch that we have not seen since the last solar minimum many years ago. From NASA's SDO Mar. 14-17, 2017.
PIA21569:
Spotless Sun Animation Icon
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Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory sees the sun has been virtually spotless, as in no sunspots, a 11-day spotless stretch not seen since the last solar minimum many years ago.
PIA21582:
Spotless Sun Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-16 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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When an active region rotated over to the edge of the sun, it presented NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory with a nice profile view of its elongated loops stretching and swaying above it (Mar. 8-9, 2017).
PIA21562:
Stretched Loops Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-08 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Several small sunspots appeared this week, giving NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory a chance to illustrate their sources (Mar. 2, 2017). Magnetic forces are the dynamic drivers here in these regions of the sun.
PIA21557:
Sorting through Layers Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-28 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a solar prominence gathering itself into a twisting cone, then rose up and broke apart in a delicate dance of plasma above the sun on Feb. 20, 2017.
PIA21552:
Delicate Ballet Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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This frame from a video depicts artist's concepts of each of the seven planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1, an ultra-cool dwarf star. Over 21 days.
PIA21468:
TRAPPIST-1 Planets - Flyaround Animation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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This illustration shows the seven TRAPPIST-1 planets as they might look as viewed from Earth using a fictional, incredibly powerful telescope. The sizes and relative positions are correctly to scale.
PIA21429:
Transit Illustration of TRAPPIST-1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 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.
PIA21428:
TRAPPIST-1 Comparison to Solar System and Jovian Moons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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This frame from a video details a system of seven planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1, an ultra-cool dwarf star.
PIA21427:
TRAPPIST-1 Planetary Orbits and Transits
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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The first observations of the TRAPPIST-1 system reported in 2016 revealed three planets orbiting a small, red-dwarf star, though the exact location of the outermost one, was not well-determined (yellow band, top image).
PIA21426:
The Discovery of TRAPPIST-1 Planets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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Three of the TRAPPIST-1 planets dwell in their star's so-called 'habitable zone,' shown in green. This is the band around the star where temperatures are just right, not too hot, not too cold, for liquid water to pool on the surface of an Earth-like world
PIA21424:
The TRAPPIST-1 Habitable Zone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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Imagine standing on the surface of the exoplanet TRAPPIST-1f. This artist's concept is one interpretation of what it could look like.
PIA21423:
Surface of TRAPPIST-1f
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 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.
PIA21422:
TRAPPIST-1 Planet Lineup
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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The TRAPPIST-1 star, an ultra-cool dwarf, has seven Earth-size planets orbiting it. This artist's concept appeared on the cover of the journal Nature in Feb. 23, 2017 announcing new results about the system.
PIA21421:
Abstract Concept of TRAPPIST-1 System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-21 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Several times a day for a few days the Earth completely blocked the Sun for about an hour due to NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory's orbital path (Feb. 15, 2017).
PIA21461:
Earth Eclipses the Sun Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-06 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Between Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2017, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory saw a substantial coronal hole rotating across the face of the sun this past week and is again streaming solar wind towards Earth.
PIA11177:
Returning Coronal Hole Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-31 NuSTAR
SWIFT
XMM-Newton
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These four images show an artist's impression of gas accreting onto the neutron star in the binary system MXB 1730-335, also known as the 'Rapid Burster.'
PIA21418:
The Rapid Burster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-30 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On Jan. 23-24, 2017, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory watched as a solar prominence rose up along the edge of the sun and twisted and churned for about two days before falling apart. The dynamic action was generated by competing magnetic forces.
PIA11237:
Churning Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-30 HIP 79124 B W. M. Keck Observatory
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This image shows brown dwarf HIP 79124 B, located 23 times as far from its host star as Earth is from the sun.
PIA21417:
Brown Dwarf HIP 79124 B
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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 2017-01-26 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On Jan. 20, 2017, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured a small area of the sun highlighted three active region. Over half a day this active region sent dark swirls of plasma and bright magnetic arches twisting and turning above it.
PIA11703:
Gyrating Active Region Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-24 NGC 7331 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Chandra X-ray Telescope
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Supernova SN 2014C of a spiral galaxy called NGC 7331 is seen in the image from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.
PIA21089:
Supernova SN 2014C (X-ray)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-24 NGC 7331 Chandra X-ray Observatory
SDSS
Chandra X-ray Telescope
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This image from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory (insets) shows spiral galaxy NGC 7331, center, where astronomers observed the unusual supernova SN 2014C.
PIA21088:
Supernova SN 2014C (Optical and X-Ray)
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