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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-20 Ceres Dawn
Framing Camera
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This frame from an animated sequence of images shows northern terrain on the sunlit side of dwarf planet Ceres as seen by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on April 14 and 15, 2015.
PIA19064:
Settling in at Ceres Animation Icon
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In this closest-yet view of Ceres, the brightest spots within a crater in the northern hemisphere are revealed to be composed of many smaller spots. This frame is from an animation of sequences taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 4, 2015.
PIA19547:
Ceres RC3 Animation Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-28 Ceres Dawn
Framing Camera
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This frame from an animation shows a color-coded map from NASA's Dawn mission revealing the highs and lows of topography on the surface of dwarf planet Ceres.
PIA19605:
Ceres Topographic Globe Animation Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-06 Ceres Dawn
Framing Camera
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This frame from a video shows the bright spots in Occator crater on dwarf planet Ceres, generated from data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
PIA19619:
Ceres Animations: Global View, Occator, Mountain, 3-D View Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-09 Ceres Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image, made using images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows Occator crater on Ceres, home to a collection of intriguing bright spots.
PIA19889:
Dawn Takes a Closer Look at Occator
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-09 Ceres Dawn
Framing Camera
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This still from an animation, made using images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows Occator crater on Ceres, home to a collection of intriguing bright spots.
PIA19890:
Circling the Lights of Occator Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-09 Ceres Dawn
Framing Camera
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This still from an animation, made using images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, features a color-coded topographic map of Occator crater on Ceres.
PIA19891:
Circling Occator -- Topographic Animation Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-09 Ceres Dawn
Framing Camera
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This frame from a video from NASA's Dawn mission shows dwarf planet Ceres in false-color renderings, which highlight differences in surface materials.
PIA20182:
Ceres Rotation and Occator Crater (Video) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-22 Ceres Dawn
Framing Camera
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This frame from a movie shows that the brightest area on Ceres, located in Occator Crater, was one of the last features to be imaged as NASA's Dawn progressively built its map.
PIA20356:
Ceres LAMO Coverage Map Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-22 Ceres Dawn
Framing Camera
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft flys over dwarf planet Ceres which Dawn has been orbiting for mre than a year, providing us with fascinating views of an alien world.
PIA20537:
Unveiling Ceres (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-15 Ceres Dawn
Framing Camera
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This frame from an animation shows dwarf planet Ceres overlaid with the concentration of hydrogen determined from data acquired by the gamma ray and neutron detector (GRaND) instrument aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
PIA21081:
Water Ice Abundance on Ceres (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-15 Ceres Dawn
Framing Camera
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This frame from an animation from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a crater in the northern polar region of Ceres that is partly in shadow year-round, where bright water ice deposits have been observed in several craters.
PIA21082:
Ceres Persistent Shadow (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-15 Ceres Dawn
Framing Camera
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This frame from a video captured by NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a flyover of the intriguing crater named Occator on dwarf planet Ceres. Occator is home to Ceres' brightest area.
PIA21080:
Flight Over Occator (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-22 Ceres Dawn
Framing Camera
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This frame from an animation from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows how the illumination of Ceres' northern hemisphere varies with the dwarf planet's axial tilt, or obliquity.
PIA21469:
Ceres' Shadowed Craters Over Time Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-16 Ceres Dawn
Framing Camera
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This is one frame from a movie made of images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, from a position exactly between the sun and Ceres' surface.
PIA21405:
Ceres During 'Opposition Surge' Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-26 Ceres Dawn
Framing Camera
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft took these images of dwarf planet Ceres. The map overlaid on the right gives scientists hints about Ceres' internal structure.
PIA22083:
Clues to Ceres' Internal Structure Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-01-30 Mercury MESSENGER
FIPS
EPPS
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This frame from an animation shows a conceptual sketch of Mercury's magnetosphere at the time of NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft's flyby.
PIA10379:
MESSENGER Flies through Mercury's Magnetosphere Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-03-07 Z Camelopardalis Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Far-ultraviolet Detector
Near-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 2009-07-07 Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
Diviner
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Diviner undergoing post thermal vacuum range of motion testing. Diviner is one of seven instruments aboard NASA's LRO Mission.
PIA12089:
Diviner Undergoing Post Thermal Vacuum Range of Motion Testing Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-18 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer
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This frame from an animation is made up from a sequence of images taken by NASA's Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer (DISR) instrument on board ESA's Huygens probe, during its successful descent to Titan on Jan. 14, 2005.
PIA07234:
Descent Through Clouds to Surface Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-05-04 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer
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This image is from data collected during the 147-minute plunge through Titan's thick orange-brown atmosphere to a soft sandy riverbed by the European Space Agency's Huygens Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer on Jan. 14, 2005.
PIA08118:
A View from Huygens - Jan. 14, 2005 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-05-04 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer
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This frame from a movie, built with data collected during the ESA's Huygens probe on Jan. 14, 2005, shows the operation of the Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer camera during its descent and after touchdown. The camera was funded by NASA.
PIA08117:
Titan Descent Data Movie with Bells and Whistles Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-28 Jupiter Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Network
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This animation and audio represent the subtle gravitational signal acquired by an antenna of NASA's Deep Space Network as the agency's Juno spacecraft performed a close flyby of Jupiter's Great Red Spot in July 2019.
PIA24963:
Great Red Spot Gravity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-01-10 Asteroid Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Network
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These images and animation represent NASA radar observations of 4660 Nereus on December 10, 2021, before the asteroid's close approach on December 11, when it came within 2.5 million miles (4 million kilometers) of Earth.
PIA24566:
Radar Observations of Asteroid 4660 Nereus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-06-29 Asteroid Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Network
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This collage and animation represent NASA radar observations of near-Earth asteroid 7335 1989 JA on May 26, 2022, one day before it made its closest approach with Earth.
PIA25251:
Radar Observations of Near-Earth Asteroid 7335 1989 JA
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-08 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CTX
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This image from an animation is from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) showing the landing effects of the descent stage, the rover lander, the back shell and parachute, and the heat shield, all found on the left side of the image.
PIA16014:
Before and After Curiosity's Touchdown Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-08 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CTX
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This still image from an animation shows the effects of weights from the entry vehicle of NASA's Curiosity rover hitting the surface of Mars.
PIA16016:
Ballasts Hitting the Surface, Close-Up Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-08 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CTX
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Ballasts Hitting the Surface, Close-Up (with arrows)
PIA16015:
Ballasts Hitting the Surface, Close-Up (with arrows) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-21 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
CTX
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows one of two spots that likely appeared in connection with the Oct. 19, 2016, arrival of ESA's Schiaparelli test lander. An animation is available at the Photojournal.
PIA21130:
Signs of Schiaparelli Test Lander Seen From Orbit Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-29 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
CTX
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This frame from an animation is one of many that the Context Camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft has been accumulate from late 2006 to early 2017 to form a nearly complete map of Mars.
PIA21487:
A Decade of Compiling the Sharpest Mars Map
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-31 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
Composite Infrared Spectrometer
Imaging Science Subsystem
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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This frame from an animation shows NASA's Cassini spacecraft approaching Saturn's icy moon Enceladus. It shows the highest resolution images obtained of the moon's surface.
PIA03554:
Enceladus Animation Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-10-27 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Composite Infrared Spectrometer
Imaging Science Subsystem
Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph
Visual and Infrared Spectrometer
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This frame from a computer animation shows the planned observations by NASA's Cassini spacecraft spanning roughly a two-day period surrounding its first very close approach to Titan.
PIA06119:
Titan Flyby Animation Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-13 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Composite Infrared Spectrometer
Imaging Science Subsystem
Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This frame from a computer animation shows the observations to be taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its second close approach to Titan on Monday, Dec. 13, 2004.
PIA06147:
Titan 'TB' Flyby Animation Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-13 Dione Cassini-Huygens
Composite Infrared Spectrometer
Imaging Science Subsystem
Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This frame from a computer animation shows the observations to be taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft spanning roughly a nine-hour period surrounding its upcoming flyby of Dione on Dec. 14, 2004.
PIA06149:
Dione Flyby Animation Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-25 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Composite Infrared Spectrometer
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This image from an animation shows 'beacons' of hot air seen in the infrared that appeared during a great springtime storm on Saturn from January 2011 to March 2012.
PIA16190:
Infrared Hotspots in a Monster Saturn Storm Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-02-18 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Composite Infrared Spectrometer
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This sequence of maps shows varying surface temperatures on Saturn's moon Titan at two-year intervals, from 2004 to 2016. The measurements were made by the Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) instrument on NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA20020:
Titan Temperature Lag Maps & Animation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-11 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
CRISM
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NASA's CRISM onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows Mars' seasonal caps consist of frozen carbon dioxide mixed with smaller amounts of water ice frost and dust.
PIA10137:
Carbon-Dioxide Frost Settling from Seasonal Outbursts on Mars (Movie) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Earth CloudSat
Cloud Profiling Radar (CPR)
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NASA's CloudSat spacecraft overpassed Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29, 2012 just as Sandy was approaching the Atlantic coastline. Sandy contained estimated maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (78 knots).
PIA16201:
CloudSat's View of Hurricane Sandy Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-29 Earth CloudSat
Cloud Profiling Radar (CPR)
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NASA's CloudSat satellite flew over then-Tropical Storm Harvey on Aug. 26, 2017, at 2:45 p.m. CDT (19:45 UTC) as the storm was nearly stationary over south Texas.
PIA17392:
NASA's CloudSat Sees Tropical Storm Harvey in 3D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-08 Earth CloudSat
Cloud Profiling Radar (CPR)
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NASA's CloudSat satellite flew over Hurricane Irma on Sept. 6, 2017 at 1:45 p.m. EDT (17:45 UTC) as the storm was approaching Puerto Rico in the Atlantic Ocean.
PIA21947:
Powerful Hurricane Irma Seen in 3D by NASA's CloudSat
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-20 Earth CloudSat
Cloud Profiling Radar (CPR)
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NASA's CloudSat satellite flew over Hurricane Maria on Sept. 17, 2017, at 1:23 p.m. EDT (17:23 UTC) as the storm had just strengthened into a hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean.
PIA21961:
Taking a 3-D Slice of Hurricane Maria's Cloud Structure
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-08-29 Earth CloudSat
Cloud Profiling Radar (CPR)
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Data from NASA's CloudSat satellite, acquired on Aug., 2019, at 2 p.m. EDT (11 a.m. PDT) was used to make this 3D animation of then-Tropical Storm Dorian. It shows cloud heights extending 9 miles (15 kilometers) into the atmosphere.
PIA23359:
NASA's CloudSat Images Dorian in 3D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CHIMRA
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This frame from an animation of NASA's Curiosity rover shows the complicated suite of operations involved in conducting the rover's first rock sample drilling on Mars and transferring the sample to the rover's scoop for inspection.
PIA16730:
Drilling into Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
Mastcam
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The Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity was used to check the composition of gray tailings from the hole in rock target 'Cumberland' that the rover drilled on May 19, 2013.
PIA17069:
Drilled Hole and ChemCam Marks at 'Cumberland'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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The Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its laser and spectrometers to examine what chemical elements are in a drift of Martian sand during the mission's 74th Martian day, or sol (Oct. 20, 2012).
PIA16234:
Laser Hit on Martian Sand Target, Before and After Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This image from an animation shows how repeated laser shots from the ChemCam instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity cause a pit to form at the target point in Martian soil.
PIA17262:
Pitting in Martian Soil During Repeated Laser Shots From Mars Rover Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-01-06 Cassiopeia A Chandra X-ray Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
Chandra X-ray Telescope
IRAC
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For the first time, a multiwavelength three-dimensional reconstruction of a supernova remnant has been created. This visualization of Cassiopeia A, or Cas A, the result of an explosion approximately 330 years ago, uses data from several NASA telescopes.
PIA11748:
Supernova Remnant in 3-D Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-24 M82 Galaxy Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Chandra X-ray Telescope
Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Visible Light
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NASA's Spitzer, Hubble and Chandra space observatories teamed up to create this multi-wavelength, false-colored view of the M82 galaxy. The lively 
portrait celebrates Hubble's 'sweet sixteen' birthday.
PIA08093:
Great Observatories Present Rainbow of a Galaxy Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-29 Earth Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
C-Band Imaging Radar
X-Band Radar
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The city of New Orleans, situated on the southern shore of Lake Pontchartrain, is shown in this radar image from NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission. In this image bright areas show regions of high radar reflectivity, such as from urban areas.
PIA04174:
New Orleans Topography, Radar Image with Colored Height Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-29 Earth Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
C-Band Imaging Radar
X-Band Radar
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The geography of the New Orleans and Mississippi delta region is well shown in this radar image from NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission. In this image, bright areas show regions of high radar reflectivity, such as from urban areas.
PIA04175:
Mississippi Delta, Radar Image with Colored Height Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-09-22 Earth Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
C-Band Imaging Radar
X-Band Imaging Radar
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The Gulf Coast from the Mississippi Delta through the Texas coast is shown in this satellite image from NASA's Terra spacecraft, and the predicted storm track for Hurricane Rita acquired in February, 2000.
PIA06674:
Hurricane Rita Track
Radar Image with Topographic Overlay
Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-29 Earth Aqua
AIRS
MODIS
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In this frame from an animation, NASA instruments show the seasonal cycle of vegetation and the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
PIA15838:
Effect of Seasonal Vegetation Cycle on Global Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-08-30 Earth Aqua
AIRS
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Born in the Atlantic, Hurricane Frances became a category 4 hurricane on August 31, 2004, as seen by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounding System (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua.
PIA00433:
Hurricane Frances as Observed by NASA's Spaceborne Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) - Total Water Vapor Time Series Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-09-17 Aqua
AIRS
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Light energy is collected by the optics system on the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument and digitized.
PIA11170:
Light Travels Through AIRS Optics Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-09-04 Earth Aqua
AIRS
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Carbon monoxide in the smoke from the Station fire was lofted high into the atmosphere, where it was observed by JPL's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument onboard NASA's Aqua satellite. Animation available at the Photojournal.
PIA12195:
Concentration and Transport of Carbon Monoxide from the California Wildfires Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-26 Earth Aqua
AIRS
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NASA's Aqua spacecraft has illustrated surface air and skin temperature for the period from July 16-24, showing movement of a dome of heat across the eastern two-thirds of the country. See More Details for the movies.
PIA14480:
NASA AIRS Movies Show Evolution of U.S. 2011 Heat Wave Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-27 Earth Aqua
AIRS
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This frame from a movie was produced with data from NASA's Aqua spacecraft showing the spread of carbon monoxide pollution across North America from fires in the Western U.S., including the Beaver Creek Fire in Idaho and the Rim Fire in California.
PIA17433:
NASA's AIRS Instrument Sees Spread of Pollution from Western Wildfires Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-07 Earth Aqua
AIRS
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This frame from a movie shows alternating day and nighttime views of the plume of sulfur dioxide gas emitted by Calbuco, as observed by NASA's AIRS instrument onbpard NASA's Aqua spacecraft, from April 22 to May 4, 2015.
PIA19385:
NASA's AIRS Instrument Tracks Transport of Sulfur Dioxide from Chilean Volcanic Eruption (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-05-11 Earth Aqua
AIRS
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Visualization of the formation and evolution of the Antarctic Vortex (ozone hole) over the South Pole from Sept. 1 to Dec. 4, 2014, created using data from NASA's Aqua spacecraft.
PIA20664:
Ozone Hole Formation Over South Pole Observed by NASA's AIRS Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-13 Earth Aqua
AIRS
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A series of atmospheric rivers that brought drought-relieving rains, heavy snowfall and flooding to California this week is highlighted in this movie frame created with satellite data from the AIRS instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite.
PIA21209:
Series of Storms Battering California Tracked by NASA's AIRS Instrument Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-08 Earth Aqua
AIRS
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The large-scale structure of clouds in and around Hurricane Irma is seen in this image created with data AIRS instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite. The clouds are typical of tropical areas both nearby and away from tropical cyclones.
PIA21950:
Hurricane Irma's Cloud Structure as Seen by NASA's AIRS
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-08-14 Earth Aqua
AIRS
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This image is one of a series showing carbon monoxide (in orange/red) from California's massive wildfires drifting east across the U.S. between July 30 and August 7, 2018.
PIA22492:
Carbon Monoxide Transport from California Wildfires, July 30-August 7, 2018 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-01-31 Earth Aqua
AIRS
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NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument captures a polar vortex moving from Central Canada into the U.S. Midwest from January 20 through January 29, 2019.
PIA22823:
AIRS Captures Polar Vortex
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-08-23 Earth Aqua
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This time series shows carbon monoxide associated with fires from the Amazon region in Brazil from Aug. 8-22, 2019.
PIA23356:
NASA's AIRS Maps Carbon Monoxide from Brazil Fires
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-07-08 Earth Aqua
AIRS
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The AIRS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite collected temperature readings in the atmosphere and at the surface during an unprecedented heat wave in the Pacific Northwest and western Canada that started around June 26.
PIA24537:
Heat Wave Surface Temperature
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-07-15 Earth Aqua
AIRS
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The AIRS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite collected temperature readings in the atmosphere and at the surface during an unprecedented heat wave in the southwestern U.S. from July 1 to July 12, 2021.
PIA23693:
July 2021 Heat Wave Surface Temperature
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-01-04 Earth Aqua
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This animation, derived from AIRS instrument data aboard NASA's Aqua satellite, shows a nearly 20-year record of temperature anomalies for two layers in Earth's atmosphere.
PIA24139:
AIRS Temperature Anomalies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-01-10 Earth Aqua
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The AIRS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured a series of storms as they dumped record amounts of rain in some parts of California, causing flooding, and damaging infrastructure.
PIA25597:
California Atmospheric River Storms Captured by NASA's AIRS
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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 2016-11-09 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Two good-sized coronal holes have rotated around to the center of the sun where they will be spewing solar wind towards Earth were observed by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on Nov. 8-9, 2016.
PIA16909:
Earth-Facing Coronal Holes 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 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 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 2015-08-19 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 2015-06-30 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 2015-09-02 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 2015-09-13 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 2016-02-09 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 2016-03-24 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 2016-05-09 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 2016-06-27 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
PIA17912:
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 2017-01-09 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured an elongated coronal hole rotated across the face of the sun this past week so that it is now streaming solar wind towards Earth (Jan. 2-5, 2017).
PIA14093:
Lengthy Coronal Hole Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-25 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Several times a day for a few days this week the Earth completely blocked the Sun for about an hour due to NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory orbital path (Aug. 25, 2016).
PIA21027:
Eclipse Season for SDO Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-01 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) saw both the Moon (upper right) and the Earth (upper left) partially block the sun (Sept. 1, 2016 at 7:33 UT). Just before this image was taken, the Earth totally blocked the sun for a while.
PIA21028:
Double Eclipse Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-15 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On Sept. 12-14,2016 NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spotted a series of active regions stretched along the right side of the sun exhibited a wide variety of loops cascading above them. Earth quickly passed in front of a portion of the sun.
PIA16997:
Varietal Loops Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-21 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On Sept. 18-21,2016 NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spotted a dark coronal hole that was facing towards Earth for several days spewing streams of solar wind in our direction.
PIA21067:
Earth-Directed Coronal Hole Animation Icon
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