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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-09-03 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows that over the course of just one day a tiny active region grew to became almost as large as its many-days-old neighbor (Aug. 23-24, 2018).
PIA22680:
New Active Region Grows Up Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-09-17 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows that a large coronal hole began to emerge and intensify (Sept. 4-6, 2018).
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Emerging Coronal Hole Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-09-17 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows that in just about seven hours, the SDO spacecraft saw the moon transit the Sun two times (Sept. 9-10, 2018).
PIA22723:
Double Lunar Transit Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-09-24 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows two images taken at virtually the same time but in different wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light.
PIA22724:
Two Wavelengths, Two Different Images Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-10-17 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the Sun's rotation bringing a new active region into view, revealing the dynamic arches and twisting streams of its magnetic field (Oct. 10-11, 2018).
PIA18139:
Sole Active Region in Profile Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-10-29 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows that a solar prominence rose up above the Sun's surface, twisted and spun around, then became elongated and broke away. (Oct. 24-25, 2018).
PIA18140:
Eruptive Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-12 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a good-sized coronal hole at a slanted angle nearly centered on the face of the sun (Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2018).
PIA18141:
Central Coronal Hole Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-14 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a lunar transit, when the Moon partially blocked SDO's view of the Sun on Nov. 7, 2018.
PIA18142:
SDO Observes a Partial Lunar Eclipse Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-19 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows two solar prominences, directly at opposite sides of the Sun, over a 26-hour period (Nov. 12-13, 2018).
PIA18143:
Opposing Solar Prominences Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-05 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a long-lasting coronal hole has again rotated around to face the Earth (Nov. 28-30, 2018).
PIA18144:
Reappearing Coronal Hole Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-11 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows an active region that appeared on Dec. 5, 2018.
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Solar Active Region's Cameo Appearance Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-24 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory showed four smallish prominences along the sun's edge at about the same time (Dec. 12-14, 2018).
PIA21212:
Small Prominences Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-02-19 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory is in another eclipse season as of Feb. 6, 2019. This image shows the Earth briefly blocking SDO's view of the Sun.
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Spring 2019 Eclipse Season Arrives Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-03-04 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows that the Sun has gone an entire month without any sunspots (Feb. 1-18, 2019).
PIA21218:
Spotless February Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-03-11 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a long lunar transit on Mar. 6, 2019.
PIA21905:
Criss-Crossing Lunar Transit Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-06-10 Sol (our sun) Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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Sunspots are seen in images captured by NASA's Perseverance Mars rover using its Mastcam-Z cameras between May 8 and 20, 2024. These flares would send charged particles toward Mars, where several NASA spacecraft were able to study them.
PIA26301:
Perseverance Views Sunspots
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-15 Sedna Samuel Oschin Telescope
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This image shows the location of the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed 'Sedna,' in relation to the rest of the solar system in 2004.
PIA05565:
Sedna Orbit Animation Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-26 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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Wind-blown clouds and haze high in Saturn's atmosphere are captured in this image taken by NASA's Cassini narrow angle camera in February 2004.
PIA05384:
High Winds Aloft on Saturn Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-07-01 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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This image of Saturn's southern hemisphere taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft cameras shows a banded appearance due to winds, as well as dark cyclonic ovals.
PIA06082:
Saturn Movie Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-07-02 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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This image of Saturn's southern hemisphere taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft cameras shows a banded appearance due to winds, as well as dark cyclonic ovals.
PIA06083:
Saturn Movie Close-Up Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-08-16 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft continues to uncover new wonders within the Saturn system with its discovery of two new moons orbiting between Mimas and Enceladus.
PIA06105:
Cassini Uncovers New Moon Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-08-16 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft continues to uncover new wonders within the Saturn system with its discovery of two new moons orbiting between Mimas and Enceladus.
PIA06106:
Cassini Uncovers New Moons Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-09-09 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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A small new found object, temporarily designated S/2004 S 3, has been seen orbiting Saturn's outer F ring. This is a frame from a movie sequence of 18 images taken with NASA's Cassini spacecraft narrow angle camera on June 21, 2004.
PIA06115:
New Object in F ring Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-03 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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Zigzagging kinks and knots dance around Saturn in this frame from a movie of the F ring from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA06144:
Tilt and Whirl Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-17 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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This frame from a movie, showing six of Saturn's small ring-region moons as they raced around the planet, was made from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Nov. 15, 2004.
PIA06174:
Race of the Moons Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-10 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft's celestial sleuthing has paid off with this time-lapse series of images which confirmed earlier suspicions that a small moon was orbiting within the narrow Keeler gap of Saturn's rings.
PIA06238:
Discovery of the Wavemaker (animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-25 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Radio and Plasma Wave Science Instrument
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Saturn is a source of intense radio emissions, which have been monitored by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The radio waves are closely related to the auroras near the poles of the planet. These auroras are similar to Earth's northern and southern lights.
PIA07967:
Bizarre Sounds of Saturn's Radio Emissions Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-09-20 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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This frame from a movie, shows Saturn's rotation in three different spectral filters, demonstrates NASA's Cassini spacecraft's ability to probe various levels within the planet's outer cloud layers.
PIA07590:
Three Views of Saturn (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-06-22 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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The slim crescent of the moon Rhea glides silently onto the featureless, golden face of Saturn in this mesmerizing color movie. Images were acquired by NASA's Cassini spacecraft's wide-angle camera, at a distance close to 221,000 kilometers from Rhea.
PIA07806:
Rhea Transits Saturn Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-11-09 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft stares deep into the swirling hurricane-like vortex at Saturn's south pole, where the vertical structure of the clouds is highlighted by shadows.
PIA08332:
Looking Saturn in the Eye Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-03-27 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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The depths of the north pole of Saturn taken by NASA's Cassini Orbiter reveals a dynamic, active planet lurking underneath the ubiquitous cover of upper-level hazes.
PIA09187:
Spinning Saturn Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-07-19 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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The 60th moon of Saturn reveals itself in a sequence of images. The series of images was taken in visible light with NASA's Cassini spacecraft's wide-angle camera on May 30, 2007.
PIA08369:
Sixty for Saturn Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-10-13 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This near-infrared image of Saturn's north pole shows a giant cyclone, encircled by a hexagon feature. A movie was created from several images, taken by the visual and infrared mapping spectrometer onboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA11215:
Infrared Movie of Saturn's North Polar Region Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-03-24 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
UVIS
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Glowing like a neon lasso, Saturn's aurora is seen spinning above Saturn's north pole over the course of most of a Saturn day in this image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Mary 25, 2007.
PIA11832:
Ultraviolet Aurora Movie Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-24 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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An aurora, shining high above the northern part of Saturn, moves from the night side to the day side of the planet in this frame from a movie recorded by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA11681:
Northern Aurora in Motion Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-12-09 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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This image from NASA's Cassini, made possible only as Saturn's north pole emerged from winter darkness, shows new details of a jet stream that follows a hexagon-shaped path and has long puzzled scientists.
PIA11682:
Spring Reveals Saturn's Hexagon Jet Stream Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-14 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the first of its kind, shows lightning on Saturn's night side flashing in a cloud that is illuminated by light from Saturn's rings.
PIA12576:
Lightning Flashing on Saturn Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-23 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This frame from a movie, made from data obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows Saturn's southern aurora shimmering over approximately 20 hours as the planet rotates. The video is available at the Photojournal.
PIA13404:
Dancing Southern Lights of Saturn Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-23 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Radio and Plasma Wave Science Instrument
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This spectrogram and video show a changing pattern of radio waves from Saturn known as Saturn Kilometric Radiation, as detected by NASA's Cassini spacecraft around March 2010.
PIA13767:
Saturn's Radio Period Crossover Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-20 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
UVIS
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spotted a glowing patch of ultraviolet light near Saturn's north pole that marks the presence of an electrical circuit that connects Saturn with its moon Enceladus. Movie available at the Photojournal.
PIA13764:
Movie of Enceladus "Footprint" on Saturn Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-17 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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These false-color mosaics from NASA's Cassini spacecraft chronicle the changing appearance of the huge storm that developed from a small spot in Saturn's northern hemisphere.
PIA14903:
Encircling a Giant Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-17 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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These two false-color views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show detailed patterns that change during one Saturn day within the huge storm in the planet's northern hemisphere.
PIA14906:
Churning Psychedelia Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-17 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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With kaleidoscopic forms and hues, these two false-color views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show the patterns that come and go in the course of one Saturn day within the huge storm in the planet's northern hemisphere.
PIA14907:
Kaleidoscopic Rainbows Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-23 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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One of the glittering trails caused by small objects punching through Saturn's F ring is highlighted in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. These trails show how the F ring, the outermost of Saturn's main rings, is constantly changing.
PIA15500:
Glittering Trail in Saturn's F Ring Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-23 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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In this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the gravitational pull of Saturn's moon Prometheus creates patterns in Saturn's F ring.
PIA15501:
F Ring Patterns 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 2013-01-31 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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This frame from an animation from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the swirling clouds in a vortex spawned by a great northern storm on Saturn. The clouds are moving in a clockwise direction.
PIA16723:
Swirling Vortex Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-29 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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The spinning vortex of Saturn's north polar storm resembles a deep red rose of giant proportions surrounded by green foliage in this false-color image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA14944:
The Rose Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-29 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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This image obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows the clouds of a hurricane-like storm, which circulate around the north pole of Saturn out to 88.5 degrees north latitude. The clouds at the very center are spinning rapidly.
PIA14947:
Saturn Hurricane Movie Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-04 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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This colorful view from NASA's Cassini mission, known as 'the hexagon,' is the highest-resolution view of the unique six-sided jet stream at Saturn's north pole.
PIA17652:
In Full View: Saturn's Streaming Hexagon Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-04 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This frame from an infrared movie from NASA's Cassini mission shows the churning of the curious six-sided jet stream at Saturn's north pole known as 'the hexagon'.
PIA17653:
Hexagon in Silhouette Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-04 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This frame from a movie from NASA's Cassini mission shows a polar projection of the curious six-sided jet stream at Saturn's north pole known as 'the hexagon' in the infrared.
PIA17654:
Looking Down on the Hexagon in Infrared Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-11 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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Ultraviolet and infrared images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft and Hubble Space Telescope show active and quiet auroras at Saturn's north and south poles.
PIA17900:
Dance of Saturn's Auroras 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 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 2017-05-24 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 2017-07-24 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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This mosaic combines views captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft as it made the first dive of the mission's Grand Finale on April 26, 2017, and shows details in bands and swirls in the atmosphere.
PIA21617:
Cassini "Noodle" Mosaic of Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-24 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Radio and Plasma Wave Science Instrument
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This colorful spectrogram represents data collected by the Radio and Plasma Wave Science instrument onboard NASA's Cassini's spacecraft as it crossed through Saturn's D ring on May 28, 2017.
PIA21620:
Cassini's First D-Ring Crossing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-28 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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NASA's Cassini gazed toward high southern latitudes near Saturn's south pole to observe ghostly curtains of dancing light, Saturn's southern auroras, or southern lights.
PIA21623:
Southern Auroras Over Saturn Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-15 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This montage of images, made from data obtained by Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer, shows the location on Saturn where the NASA spacecraft entered Saturn's atmosphere on Sept. 15, 2017.
PIA21896:
Impact Site: Infrared Image Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-09-05 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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This frame from a movie sequence from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows dark drapes in the inner strands of Saturn's F ring caused by the gravitational influence of the shepherd moon Prometheus (102 kilometers, or 63 miles across).
PIA07712:
Shaping the Drapes Animation Icon
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ISS - Narrow Angle
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A solitary clump-like feature in Saturn's F ring orbits past in this frame from a movie sequence made from NASA's Cassini images.
PIA07713:
Unidentified F Ring Objects Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-07-05 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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This frame from a movie shows a bright arc of material flashing around the edge of Saturn's G ring, a tenuous ring outside the main ring system. The images were acquired by NASA's Cassini spacecraft's narrow-angle camera on April 25, 2006.
PIA07805:
Persistent Arc Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-06-22 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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Saturn's moons Janus and Epimetheus are captured swinging around Saturn's rings and past Dione in this frame from a movie sequence from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA07808:
Three Moons Meet Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-08 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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Prometheus zooms across NASA's Cassini spacecraft's field of view, attended by faint streamers and deep gores in the F ring. This frame from a movie sequence of five images shows the F ring shepherd moon shaping the ring's inner edge.
PIA08262:
The Ring Sculptor Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-14 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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A brilliant spot of sunlight, the opposition effect, travels outward across the rings as NASA's Cassini spacecraft orbits Saturn. This surge in ring brightness is created around the point directly opposite the Sun from the spacecraft.
PIA08267:
Surging Onward Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-11 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is of Saturn's G ring over a full orbital revolution captures its single bright arc on the ring's inner edge.
PIA08327:
Rounding the Corner Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-29 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft watches Saturn's moon Janus and Epimetheus in their orbital dance as the F ring slides out of view.
PIA08348:
Janus-Epimetheus Swing Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-03-01 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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This frame from a movie begins with a view of the sunlit side of the rings. As the spacecraft speeds from south to north, the rings appear to tilt downward and collapse to a thin plane.
PIA08356:
The Great Crossing Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-12 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
MIMI
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This image was taken with NASA's Cassini Magnetospheric Imaging Instrument's ion and neutral camera, showing Saturn's dynamic 'ring current,' which is an invisible ring of energetic ions trapped in the magnetic field of the planet.
PIA10095:
Saturn's "Ring Current" Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-12 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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This is an artist concept of the view from NASA's Cassini during the star occultation that detected 'Mittens,' the small object to the right of the star.
PIA10082:
"Staring Mittens" (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-12 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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This is a computer simulation of the final stage of the growth of a 'clump' in Saturn's rings. The gravity from a hypothesized moonlet (solid gray sphere in frame center) has collected smaller ring particles (black) to form a temporary aggregation.
PIA10083:
Clumpy Moons Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-03-23 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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Around the time of equinox, Epimetheus' shadow was cast on Saturn's rings rather than the planet in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft taken on Jan. 16, 2009.
PIA11651:
Moon Shadow in Motion Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-06-22 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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As the moon Enceladus eclipses its neighbor Mimas, NASA's Cassini spacecraft records a scene possible only around the time of Saturn's approaching equinox.
PIA11661:
Eclipsing Mimas Animation Icon
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ISS - Narrow Angle
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A gaggle of moons parade around Saturn's rings in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft in which the large moon Rhea passes in front of the small moon Janus. Go to the Photojournal to view the animation.
PIA11693:
Moon Jumble Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-08 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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This image is part of a set of images obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft showing a propeller-shaped structure created by a hidden, embedded moon moving through one of Saturn's rings. An animation is available at the Photojournal.
PIA12792:
Propeller Churns the A Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-20 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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This image is from a simulation showing the changes to a portion of Saturn's F ring as the shepherding moon Prometheus swings by it. The animation uses data obtained by the imaging cameras aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA12787:
The Effect of Prometheus on the F Ring Animation Icon
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ISS - Narrow Angle
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While NASA's Cassini spacecraft was pointed to study Saturn's F ring, it happened to catch a globular star cluster passing through the camera's field of view. Animations are available at the Photojournal.
PIA12788:
Catching a Cluster of Stars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-31 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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This graphic from NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured after Saturn's August 2009 equinox, shows Saturn's rings, after they became tilted relative to Saturn's equatorial plane, would have transformed into a corrugated ring.
PIA12820:
Tilting Saturn's Rings Animation Icon
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UVIS
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Cassini used its Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph to capture this final view of ultraviolet auroral emissions in Saturn's north polar region on Sept. 14, 2017.
PIA21899:
Polar Lights at Saturn Bid Cassini Farewell Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-18 Rosette Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope surveyed the danger zones around five O-stars in the Rosette nebula. This artist's animation illustrates how this process works.
PIA09266:
Highway to the Danger Zone (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-18 Rosette Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is of the Rosette nebula, a turbulent star-forming region located 5,000 light-years away in the constellation Monoceros.
PIA09268:
Infrared Rose Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-02-11 Ring Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope finds a delicate flower in the Ring Nebula, as shown in this image. The outer shell of this planetary nebula looks surprisingly similar to the delicate petals of a camellia blossom.
PIA07343:
Ring Beholds a Delicate Flower Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-22 Rhea Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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This frame from an animation show two crescent moons dance around Saturn as far-off Dione slips behind its
sibling moon Rhea. NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view on Dec. 5, 2005.
PIA07770:
Rhea Eclipses Dione (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-06-22 Rhea Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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In a silent orbital ballet, Saturn's crater-covered moon Rhea slips between the moons Mimas and Enceladus. The movie was created using 59 clear-filter images captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft's narrow-angle camera over a period of about 40 minutes.
PIA07804:
The Silent Spheres Animation Icon
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The bright crescent of Saturn's moon Enceladus slides past distant Rhea in this mutual event, or occultation, in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA08350:
Enceladus Transits Rhea Animation Icon
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ISS - Narrow Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft's narrow-angle camera captured Saturn's moon Rhea as it gradually slipped into the planet's shadow, an event known as 'ingress,' on Aug. 19, 2008.
PIA11143:
Darkness Falls on Rhea Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-30 Rhea Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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Dark spokes dance around Saturn's B ring in this series of movies comprised of images taken NASA's Cassini spacecraft's wide-angle camera.
PIA11144:
'Tis the Season for Spokes Animation Icon
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ISS - Narrow Angle
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The small moon Janus overtakes the larger moon Rhea in a dance played out before Saturn and its rings in this image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Go to the Photojournal to view the animation.
PIA11692:
Catching Big Sister Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-12-23 Rhea Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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The small moon Mimas passes in front of the larger moon Rhea which is partly obscured by Saturn's rings in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Go to the Photojournal to view the animation.
PIA11695:
Before a Veiled Rhea Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-01 Rhea Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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NASA's Cassini orbiter has revealed many surprises within the Saturn system, including the possible presence of a ring of debris surrounding the ancient heavily cratered surface of Rhea, Saturn's second largest moon.
PIA12854:
Rhea's Blue Streaks (Looking South) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-01 Rhea Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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NASA's Cassini orbiter has revealed the possible presence of a ring of debris surrounding the ancient heavily cratered surface of Rhea, Saturn's second largest moon. The bluish material in this image is believed to be fresh ice.
PIA12855:
Rhea's Blue Streaks (Looking West) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-15 Prometheus Cassini-Huygens
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The moon Prometheus slowly collides with the diffuse inner edge of Saturn's F ring in image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The oblong moon pulls a streamer of material from the ring and leaves behind a dark channel.
PIA08397:
Soft Collision Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-02 Pluto New Horizons
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The Long Range Reconnaissance Imager on NASA New Horizons acquired images of the Pluto field three days apart in late September 2006, in order to see Pluto's motion against a dense background of stars.
PIA09234:
New Horizons Sees Pluto Animation Icon
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This is the most detailed view to date of the entire surface of the dwarf planet Pluto, as constructed from multiple NASA Hubble Space Telescope photographs taken from 2002 to 2003.
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Hubble Maps of Pluto Show Surface Changes Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-07 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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This frame from an animation of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, was taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft as it raced toward Pluto in July 2014.
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A Moon over Pluto (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-11 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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This frame from a movie, composed of images taken by NASA's New Horizons, shows Pluto as it rotates about its axis. The images were taken May 28-June 3, 2015, from distances ranging from approximately 56 million kilometers to 48.5 million kilometers.
PIA17807:
Faces of Pluto (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-11 Pluto New Horizons
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This near-true color, barycentric, frame from a movie from NASA's New Horizons mission show Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, and the complex orbital dance of the two bodies, known as a double planet.
PIA19688:
Pluto and Charon in Color: Barycentric View (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-11 Pluto New Horizons
MVIC
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This near-true color, 'Pluto-centric' frame from a movie from NASA's New Horizons mission show Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, and the complex orbital dance of the two bodies, known as a double planet.
PIA19689:
Pluto and Charon in Color: Pluto-Centric View (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-03 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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This image was created by NASA New Horizons to reveal color surface features of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon. It was taken between June 23 and June 29, 2015.
PIA19696:
Pluto and Charon Surfaces in Living Color (Animation) Animation Icon
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