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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 2015-11-06 Earth RapidScat
ISS-RapidScat
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NASA's ISS-RapidScat's antenna, lower right, was pointed at Hurricane Patricia as the powerful storm approached Mexico on Oct. 23, 2015.
PIA20049:
RapidScat and Hurricane Patricia Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-05 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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This frame from a movie is composed of the sharpest views of Pluto that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft obtained during its flyby of the distant planet on July 14, 2015.
PIA20202:
New Horizons' Very Best View of Pluto (movie)
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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 2015-12-10 Kepler
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This illustration shows a cool star, called W1906+40, marked by a raging storm near one of its poles. The storm is thought to be similar to the Great Red Spot on Jupiter. Scientists discovered it using NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes.
PIA20055:
Cool Star Marked by Long-Lived Storm (Artist's Concept) 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 2016-01-29 Ceres Dawn
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This frame is from a simulated flight of NASA's Dawn over Ceres which emphasizes the most prominent craters, as well as the mountain Ahuna Mons.
PIA20019:
Flight Over Ceres 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 2016-02-18 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 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 2016-03-24 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 2016-03-24 Comet Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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These radar images of comet P/2016 BA14 were taken on March 23, 2016, by scientists using an antenna of NASA's Deep Space Network at Goldstone, California. At the time, the comet was about 2.2 million miles (3.6 million kilometers) from Earth.
PIA20542:
Comet Frozen In Time by NASA Radar Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The turbulent atmosphere of a hot, gaseous planet known as HD 80606b is shown in this simulation based on data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA20066:
Simulated Atmosphere of a Hot Gas Giant Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This illustration shows one possible scenario for the hot, rocky exoplanet called 55 Cancri e, which is nearly two times as wide as Earth. New data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show that the planet has extreme temperature swings.
PIA20068:
Hot-Lava World Illustration Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-05 Asteroid NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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This frame from a movie shows the progression of NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) investigation for the mission's first two years following its restart in December 2013. Green circles represent near-Earth objects.
PIA20546:
Two Years of NEOWISE Observations Mapped 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 2016-05-11 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 2016-05-18 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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In April 2016, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft observed 1994 JR1, a 90-mile (145-kilometer) wide Kuiper Belt object (KBO) orbiting more than 3 billion miles (5 billion kilometers) from the sun.
PIA20589:
New Horizons Collects First Science on a Post-Pluto Object 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 2016-05-27 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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This frame from a movie, which extends across the hemisphere that faced New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past Pluto on July 14, 2015, includes all of the highest-resolution images taken by the NASA probe.
PIA14457:
New Horizons' Best Close-Up of Pluto's Surface (movie) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-08 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A close-up of twisting plasma above the Sun's surface produced a nice display of turbulence by caused combative magnetic forces (June 7-8, 2016) over a day and a half as seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
PIA20739:
Twisting Plasma Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-16 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Each day NASA solar scientists produce overlays (in white lines) that show how magnetic field lines above the sun are configured (June 16, 2016). The lines are tightly bundled near the lighter-toned active regions, which are magnetically intense regions.
PIA20881:
Magnetic Field Illuminated
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-20 Kepler
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When a planet such as K2-33b passes in front of its host star, it blocks some of the star's light.shown in this frame from an animation as discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.
PIA20692:
Young Star and Its Infant Planet (Artist's animation) 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 2016-07-14 Pluto New Horizons
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After a 9.5-year voyage covering more than three billion miles, NASA's New Horizons flew through the Pluto system on July 14, 2015, coming within 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) of Pluto itself.
PIA20742:
Imagine a Landing on Pluto 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 2016-07-29 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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Martian gullies as seen in the top image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter resemble gullies on Earth that are carved by liquid water.
PIA20763:
Adding Composition Data About Mars Gullies 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 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 2016-08-31 New Horizons
LORRI
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In July 2016, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft observed the Kuiper Belt Object Quaoar, roughly half the size of Pluto. An animated gif is available at the Photojournal.
PIA21024:
New Horizons Spies a Kuiper Belt 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 2016-09-02 Jupiter Juno
JIRAM
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As NASA's Juno spacecraft approached Jupiter on Aug. 27, 2016, the Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) instrument captured the planet's glow in infrared light.
PIA21036:
Juno Captures Jupiter's Glow in Infrared Light Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-02 Jupiter Juno
Waves
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During its close flyby of Jupiter on August 27, 2016, the Waves instrument on NASA's Juno spacecraft received radio signals associated with the giant planet's very intense auroras.
PIA21037:
Juno Listens to Jupiter's Auroras Sing Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-15 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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This frame from a movie is one of many exposures taken by NASA's Cassnii spacecraft. Cassini stared at Saturn for nearly 44 hours on April 25 to 27, 2016, to obtain exposures showing just over four Saturn days. A movie is available at the Photojournal.
PIA21047:
Staring at Saturn 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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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-29 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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When an active region rotated into a profile view, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory was able to capture the magnificent loops arching above an active region (Sept. 28-29, 2016). The Earth was inset to give a sense of the scale of these towering arches.
PIA21101:
Magnetic Field Arches Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-04 Earth Terra
MISR
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On October 4, 2016, the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite passed over Hurricane Matthew . Haiti is completely obscured by Matthew's clouds, but part of the Bahamas is visible to the north.
PIA21070:
Hurricane Matthew over Haiti seen by NASA's MISR Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-04 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A prominence observed along the right edge of the sun rose up and then most of it bent back down to the surface, as seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on Oct. 4, 2016.
PIA21106:
Bendable Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-07 Comet Kepler
Rosetta
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NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft observed the comet during the final month of the Rosetta mission, while the comet was not visible from Earth. This is a frame from an animation composed of images from Kepler of the comet.
PIA21072:
Comet 67P Seen by Kepler Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-11 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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An active region, just rotating into view on Oct. 4, 2016, gave NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory a perfect view of the tussle of magnetic field lines above it.
PIA21109:
Agitated Active Region Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-14 Earth Aqua
MODIS
VIIRS
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NASA's CloudSat satellite completed an eye overpass of Hurricane Nicole on Oct. 12, 2016, at 10:55 a.m. PDT (17:55 UTC) as the storm was moving toward Bermuda.
PIA21098:
NASA's CloudSat Looks Hurricane Nicole in the Eye
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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 2016-10-21 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spies a pair of large coronal holes which rotated into view over the past few days (Oct. 20-21, 2016).
PIA15378:
Substantial Coronal Holes Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-27 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory compares very large coronal holes taken Oct. 27, 2016. Coronal holes are areas of open magnetic field that carry solar wind out into space, currently causing a lot of geomagnetic activity here on Earth.
PIA15377:
Wavelength Comparison
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-11-04 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A minor solar eruption triggered a crackling, white flash that sent an expanding wave of plasma below it over about six hours in this observation from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on Nov. 4, 2016.
PIA21202:
Small Surf Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-11-04 Titan Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft showcases some of the amazingly detailed structure of Saturn's rings. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Sept. 24, 2016.
PIA21051:
Watching Summer Clouds on Titan 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 2016-11-30 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spied the sun as it was hitting its lowest level of solar activity since 2011 (Nov. 14-18, 2016) while gradually marching toward solar minimum.
PIA21207:
Almost Spotless Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-06 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spied a substantial coronal hole begin to rotate into view over Dec. 1-2, 2016. Coronal holes are magnetically open areas of the sun's magnetic field structure that spew streams of high speed solar wind into space.
PIA21208:
Coronal Hole Coming Around Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic illustration shows NASA's Curiosity Mars rover in Gale Crater, near the Red Planet's equator.
PIA21255:
Now and Long Ago at Gale Crater, Mars (Illustration) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-14 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed the sun produced swirling prominence activity of both its side, one after the other, over two days (Dec. 7-8, 2016).
PIA15301:
Both Sides Now 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 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 2016-12-20 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the growth of a branching network of troughs carved by thawing carbon dioxide over the span of three Martian years.
PIA21257:
'Baby Spider': Growth of a Martian Trough Network Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-03 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory took this close-up view of one day in the life of a rather small active region shows the agitation and dynamism of its magnetic field (Dec. 21, 2016).
PIA15032:
Jumpy Active Region 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 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 2017-01-17 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured magnetic arcs of plasma that spiraled above two active regions held their shape fairly well over 18 hours on Jan. 11-12, 2017.
PIA12327:
Organized Arches Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-24 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity used its panoramic camera to snap pictures of Mars' moon Deimos. Three frames were taken with long exposures to measure Deimos' position with respect to the background stars.
PIA12290:
Opportunity for Moon-Gazing Animation Icon
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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 2017-01-30 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 2017-02-06 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 2017-02-08 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been observing Mars in sharp detail for more than a decade, enabling it to document many types of changes, such as the way winds alter the appearance of this recent impact site.
PIA21267:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Observes Changes Animation Icon
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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 2017-02-22 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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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 2017-02-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MARDI
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This image from an animation shows wind blowing sand underneath NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on a non-driving day for the rover.
PIA21143:
Sand Moving Under Curiosity, One Day to Next
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This frame from an animation shows a dust-carrying whirlwind, called a dust devil, scooting across the ground inside Gale Crater, as observed on the local summer afternoon of NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover's on Feb. 1, 2017.
PIA21270:
Martian Dust Devil Action in Gale Crater, Sol 1597 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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Beyond a dark sand dune closer to the rover, a Martian dust devil passes in front of the horizon in this frame from an animation from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA21481:
Dust Devil Passes Near Martian Sand Dune Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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Dust devils dance in the distance in this frame from a sequence of images taken by the Navigation Camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on Feb. 12, 2017, during the summer afternoon.
PIA21482:
Curiosity Observes Whirlwinds Carrying Martian Dust Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This frame from a sequence of images shows a dust-carrying whirlwind, called a dust devil, on lower Mount Sharp inside Gale Crater, as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover during the summer afternoon of Feb. 18, 2017.
PIA21483:
Swirling Dust in Gale Crater, Mars, Sol 1613 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 2017-03-08 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 2017-03-09 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
MARCI
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This frame from a movie clip of hundreds of images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a global map of Mars with atmospheric changes from Feb. 18, 2017 through March 6, 2017, a period when two regional-scale dust storms appeared.
PIA21484:
Back-to-Back Martian Dust Storms 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 2017-03-20 Sol (our sun) SDO
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 2017-03-22 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 2017-03-22 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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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 2017-03-29 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 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 Earth Terra
MISR
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NASA's Terra spacecraft has spied a rift in Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf, grown to 110 miles long, making it inevitable that an iceberg larger than Rhode Island will soon calve from the ice shelf.
PIA21581:
NASA's MISR Tracks Growth of Rift in the Larsen C Ice Shelf
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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 2017-05-03 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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This frame from a movie sequence of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the view as Cassini swooped over Saturn during the first of its Grand Finale dives between the planet and its rings on April 26, 2017.
PIA21441:
Cassini's 'Porthole' Movie of Saturn Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-09 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This frame from a movie of asteroid 2014 JO25 was generated using radar data collected by NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California on April 19, 2017.
PIA21597:
New Radar Images of Asteroid 2014 JO25 Animation Icon
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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 2017-05-16 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 2017-05-16 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 2017-05-22 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 2017-05-24 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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These natural color views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft compare the appearance of Saturn's north-polar region in June 2013 and April 2017.
PIA21611:
Saturn's Hexagon as Summer Solstice Approaches Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-25 Jupiter Juno
Ultraviolet Spectrograph
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The complexity and richness of Jupiter's 'southern lights' (also known as auroras) are on display in this frame from an animation of false-color maps from NASA's Juno spacecraft.
PIA21643:
Jupiter's Southern Lights 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 2017-06-02 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 2017-06-02 Earth Terra
MISR
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On May 28, 2017, at approximately 2:23 p.m. local time, NASA's Terra satellite passed over the tiny Aleutian island of Bogoslof, Alaska, less than 10 minutes after the eruption began.
PIA21655:
NASA's MISR Spots Alaskan Volcano's Latest Eruption Animation Icon
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