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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-14 Earth Suomi NPP
Terra
MODIS
VIIRS
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This still from an animation shows the Larsen C Ice Shelf in West Antarctica calved one of the largest icebergs in history between July 10 and 12, 2017.
PIA21785:
Spawning of Massive Antarctic Iceberg Captured by NASA Animation 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 2017-09-08 Earth Terra
MISR
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This composite image shows Hurricane Irma as viewed by the central, downward-looking camera (left), as well as the wind speeds (right) superimposed on this image from NASA's Terra spacecraft.
PIA21946:
New NASA Images of Irma's Towering Clouds
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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 2017-09-19 Earth Terra
MISR
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On Aug. 21, 2017, as the Moon's shadow passed through the United States, NASA's Terra satellite was capturing images of eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska from its altitude of 438 miles (705 kilometers) above the surface.
PIA21957:
MISR Watches Motion of the Moon's Shadow During Total Solar Eclipse Animation Icon
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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 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 2018-09-20 Earth CubeSat
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This image combines NASA's TEMPEST-D data with a visible image of the storm from NASA's GOES weather satellite revealing the eye of the storm surrounded by towering, intense rain bands.
PIA22652:
Hurricane Florence as Seen from a CubeSat Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-09-25 Earth CubeSat
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This image shows the size of NASA's tiny weather satellite, Raincube, in comparison to the International Space Station. RainCube was deployed into low-Earth orbit from the ISS in July, 2018.
PIA22653:
Mini Mission RainCube is Sent into Earth Orbit
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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 2019-03-21 Earth Terra
MISR
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This image sequence shows views from five of nine cameras on the MISR instrument, onboard NASA's Terra satellite, a few minutes after a bright meteor exploded over the Bering Sea on Dec. 18, 2018.
PIA22825:
MISR Images Fireball Over Bering Sea
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-05-17 Earth SMAP
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This animation shows a time lapse of sea surface salinity and soil moisture from NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite from April 2015 through February 2019.
PIA23146:
SMAP Sea Surface Salinity and Soil Moisture Time Lapse
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-08-23 Earth Aqua
AIRS
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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 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 2019-09-04 Earth CubeSat
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Hurricane Dorian off the coast of Florida, as seen by the small satellite TEMPEST-D at 2 a.m. EDT on Sep. 3, 2019 (11 p.m PDT on Sept. 2, 2019). The layers in the animation reveal slices of the hurricane from four depths.
PIA23431:
TEMPEST-D CubeSat Sees Hurricane Dorian in 3D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-09-15 Earth UAVSAR
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A NASA aircraft equipped with Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) flew above California fires on Sept. 3 and 10 to examine the ground below.
PIA24102:
NASA's UAVSAR Flights Observe California Fires
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-06-07 Earth Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-3)
OCO-3
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This animation shows the accumulation of data from NASA's OCO-3 instrument used to create a map of carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations that covers about 50 square miles (80 square kilometers) of the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
PIA24523:
Carbon Dioxide Over the L.A. Metropolitan Area
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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 2021-07-29 Earth ECOSTRESS
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NASA's ECOSTRESS instrument captured ground-surface temperature data over southern Oregon's Bootleg Fire from July 7 to July 22. Areas in red show the fire front, where resources are needed most.
PIA23695:
ECOSTRESS Views 2021 Southern Oregon Bootleg Fire
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-07-29 Earth ECOSTRESS
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NASA's ECOSTRESS instrument captured ground-surface temperature data over northern California's Dixie Fire from July 15 to July 24. Areas in red show the fire front, where resources are needed most.
PIA23696:
ECOSTRESS Views 2021 Northern California Dixie Fire
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-01-04 Earth Aqua
AIRS
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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 2022-11-14 Earth Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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This animation, created in 2012, shows the increasing clarity and detail of measurements of sea height made by successive satellite altimeters launched by NASA and other agencies over the past four decades.
PIA25561:
SWOT Satellite will Improve Clarity and Detail of Sea Height Measurements
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-01-10 Earth Aqua
AIRS
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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 2023-05-12 Earth Sentinel-6/Jason-CS
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This animation shows Kelvin waves moving across the equatorial Pacific Ocean from west to east during March and April, 2023. The signals can be an early sign of El Niño, and were detected by the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite.
PIA25776:
Early El Niño Signs
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-08 Earth Suomi NPP
VIIRS
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Amid a record heat wave in July, the Phoenix area saw surfaces such as roads and buildings stay hot long after sunset, as documented in NASA-NOAA satellite data that was used to produce this series of maps.
PIA25868:
Phoenix Land-Surface Temperatures Documented Amid Record Heat
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-18 Earth Aqua
AIRS
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NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) captured Hurricane Hilary on the morning of Aug. 18, 2023, when it was a Category 4 storm roughly 470 miles (760 kilometers) south of Baja California.
PIA25779:
Hurricane Hilary Captured by NASA's AIRS
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-10-18 Earth Sentinel-6/Jason-CS
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The maps in the animation show sea levels in the Pacific Ocean during early October of 1997, 2015, and 2023, in the run up to El Niño events.
PIA26099:
Comparing Sea Level During El Niño Events
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-10-30 Earth SWOT
KaRIn
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This animation shows global sea level data collected by the Surface Water and Ocean Topography satellite from July 26 to Aug. 16, 2023.
PIA26100:
SWOT's Detailed View of Global Sea Level
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-04-15 Earth SWOT
KaRIn
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Water depths in Death Valley's temporary lake ranged between about 3 feet (or 1 meter, shown in dark blue) to less than 1.5 feet (0.5 meters, light yellow) from February through early March.
PIA26184:
SWOT Death Valley Lake Depth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-07-19 Earth 1654x1578x3
The location of Earth's spin axis moved about 30 feet (10 meters) between 1900 and 2023, as shown in this animation.
PIA26120:
Meandering Path of Earth's Spin Axis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-11-11 Eagle Nebula Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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The dusty face of the Eagle Nebula and its surroundings are revealed in this image based on data from NASA's Wide Field Survey Explorer (WISE).
PIA25433:
The Eagle Nebula Observed by WISE
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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 2005-03-03 Dione Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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In this frame from a movie, NASA's Cassini spacecraft pointed its cameras toward Saturn's moon Dione to witness its distant sibling moon Rhea briefly pass behind in a series of 32 individual frames taken over 17 minutes.
PIA06199:
Cassini's Private Eclipse Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-17 Dione Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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Zooming in closer and closer, this frame from a movie chronicles NASA's Cassini spacecraft targeted flyby of Dione, with Saturn and its lovely rings forming a dramatic backdrop.
PIA07749:
Ice Moon Rendezvous Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-01 Dione Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this image when Dione was closer to its camera, making the moon appear much bigger than her larger sister moon, Rhea.
PIA18319:
Dione Dwarfing Rhea Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-04-04 Deimos Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This series of images shows the Martian moon Deimos as it crossed in front of the Sun, as seen by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on Sunday, March 17, 2019 (the 2,350th Martian day, or sol, of the mission).
PIA23134:
Curiosity Observes Deimos Eclipse: Sol 2350
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-03-05 Deimos Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover used its Mastcam-Z camera to capture the silhouette of Deimos, one of the two Martian moons, as it passed in front of the Sun on Jan. 19, 2024.
PIA26249:
Perseverance Views a Transit of Deimos
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-13 Cygnus W. M. Keck Observatory
Keck I Telescope
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This frame from an artist's animation shows the view from a hypothetical moon in orbit around the first known planet to reside in a tight-knit triple-star system. HD 188553 Ab is a gas giant planet, about 1.14 times the mass of Jupiter.
PIA03520:
Land of Three Suns (Artist's Concept Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-13 Cygnus W. M. Keck Observatory
Keck I Telescope
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This frame from an artist's animation shows the clockwork-like orbits of a triple-star system called HD 188753, which was discovered to harbor a gas giant, or 'hot Jupiter,' planet.
PIA03521:
Circus Family of Stars (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-01 Comet Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept depicts one of the most widely accepted theories pertaining to the origin of comets. This image is courtesy of NASA's Spitzer Science Center at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA02107:
Genesis of a Comet (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-15 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This still from a sequence of images shows comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko moving against the background star field.
PIA18376:
Rosetta's Comet Comes Alive Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-03 Comet NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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NASA's NEOWISE mission captured this series of pictures of comet C/2012 K1 -- also known as comet Pan-STARRS -- as it swept across our skies on May 20, 2014.
PIA18460:
Infrared View of a Comet and Distant Galaxy Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-17 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This frame from an animated sequence combined 36 interpolated images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, each separated by 20 minutes. This comet is the destination for the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission in 2014.
PIA18403:
Rotation and Shape of Rosetta Mission's Target Comet Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-24 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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Images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken on July 14, 2014, by the OSIRIS imaging system aboard ESA's Rosetta spacecraft have allowed scientists to create this three-dimensional shape model of the nucleus.
PIA18419:
Rotating Shape Model of Rosetta's Comet Target Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-13 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This frame from an animated sequence shows the Rosetta mission's Philae lander descending toward comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (not in frame) on Nov. 12, 2014. The images are from the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on the ESA's Rosetta orbiter.
PIA18877:
Descent to the Surface of a Comet Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-13 Comet NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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This frame from a movie shows the progression of NASA's NEOWISE survey in the mission's first year following its restart in December 2013. Each dot represents an asteroid or comet that the mission observed.
PIA19101:
One Year of NEOWISE Observations Mapped Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-11 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This frame from an animation shows a very strong jet from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko captured by Rosetta's OSIRIS on July 29, 2015.
PIA19867:
Rosetta Comet In Action (Animation)
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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 2016-10-07 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 2017-07-25 Comet 1992x1000x3
This frame from an animation portrays a comet as it approaches the inner solar system. Light from the Sun warms the comet core, an object so small it cannot be seen at this scale.
PIA21749:
Comet Illustration (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-04-15 Comet NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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This image shows comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto as imaged in multiple exposures of infrared light by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) space telescope.
PIA23165:
Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-01 Charon New Horizons
MVIC
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This series of images taken by NASA's New Horizons' Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC) shows how Pluto (left) and Charon (right) change in brightness as they rotate over 6.4 Earth days.
PIA19692:
True Color of Pluto and Charon Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-01 Charon New Horizons
LORRI
MVIC
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Images from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft were used to create a flyover video of Pluto's largest moon, Charon. The 'flight' starts with the informally named Mordor (dark) region near Charon's north pole.
PIA19965:
Flying over Charon Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-19 Ceres Dawn
Framing Camera
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This frame from an animation comes from NASA's Dawn spacecraft as it observed Ceres for an hour on Jan. 13, 2015, from a distance of 238,000 miles (383,000 kilometers).
PIA19168:
Animation of Ceres Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-27 Ceres Dawn
Framing Camera
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This frame from an animation of the dwarf planet Ceres was made by combining images taken by the Dawn spacecraft on January 25, 2015. These images of Ceres, and they represent the highest-resolution views to date of the dwarf planet.
PIA19171:
Ceres Sharper Than Ever (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-05 Ceres Dawn
Framing Camera
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This still from an animation showcases a series of images NASA's Dawn spacecraft took on approach to Ceres on Feb. 4, 2015 at a distance of about 90,000 miles (145,000 kilometers) from the dwarf planet.
PIA19174:
Animation of Ceres Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-06 Ceres Dawn
Framing Camera
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This still from an animation showcases a series of images NASA's Dawn spacecraft took on approach to Ceres on Feb. 4, 2015 at a distance of about 90,000 miles (145,000 kilometers) from the dwarf planet.
PIA19180:
Animation of Ceres Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-04 Ceres Dawn
Framing Camera
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This is a frame from an animation showcasing a series of images NASA's Dawn spacecraft took on approach to Ceres on Feb. 4, 2015 at a distance of about 90,000 miles (145,000 kilometers) from the dwarf planet.
PIA19182:
Animation of Ceres on Approach Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-02 Ceres Dawn
Framing Camera
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Ceres rotates in this frame from a movie comprised of images taken by NASA's Dawn mission during its approach to the dwarf planet. The images were taken on Feb. 19, 2015, from a distance of nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers).
PIA18920:
Ceres Awaits Dawn Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-02 Ceres Dawn
Framing Camera
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The surface of Ceres is covered with craters of many shapes and sizes, as seen in this frame from an animation of a map of the dwarf planet's surface as seen by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on Feb. 19, 2015.
PIA18924:
Cratered Surface of Ceres in Motion Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-16 Ceres Dawn
Framing Camera
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This frame from an animation shows the north pole of dwarf planet Ceres as seen by the Dawn spacecraft on April 10, 2015. Dawn was at a distance of 21,000 miles (33,000 kilometers) when its framing camera took these images.
PIA19317:
Ceres' North Pole Animation Icon
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-11 Ceres Dawn
Framing Camera
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Ceres Rotation and Occator Crater (Video) Animation Icon
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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.
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Flight Over Ceres Animation Icon
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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.
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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.
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Unveiling Ceres (Animation) Animation Icon
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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.
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Water Ice Abundance on Ceres (Animation)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Clues to Ceres' Internal Structure Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-10 Cassiopeia A Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Visible Light
Chandra X-ray Telescope
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This false-color image from three of NASA's Great Observatories provides one example of a star that died in a fiery supernova blast. Called Cassiopeia A, this supernova remnant is located 10,000 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia.
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Cassiopeia A: Death Becomes Her Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-26 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This artist's concept shows the explosion of a massive star, the remains of which are named Cassiopeia A. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that the star exploded with some degree of order.
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Order Amidst Chaos of Star's Explosion (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-29 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
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A seething cauldron of light appears to bubble and ooze around the remains of a giant star that astronomers have been watching tear itself apart for the last 300 years. Different observations taken over three years by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
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Cauldron of Light 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.
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Supernova Remnant in 3-D Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-30 Carina Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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These false-color image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the 'South Pillar' region of the star-forming region called the Carina Nebula.
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All Pillars Point to Eta Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-17 C/2007 Q3 (Siding Spring) Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Is it a bird, or a plane? No, it's comet Siding Spring streaking across the sky, as seen by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. An animation is available at the Photojournal.
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Ablaze with Infrared Light Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-06-30 Atlas Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft has sighted the tiny moon Atlas, which is seen here for the first time since Voyager 1 flew past Saturn in 1980.
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Atlas Found! Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-08-06 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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NASA's Deep Space Network, Goldstone radar images show triple asteroid 1994 CC, which consists of a central object approximately 700 meters (2,300 feet) in diameter and two smaller moons that orbit the central body. Animation available at the Photojournal
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Triple Asteroid System Triples Asteroid Observers Interest Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-25 Asteroid Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image shows asteroids observed so far by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. An animation is available at the Photojournal.
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Scanning for Asteroids and Comets Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-04 Asteroid Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This frame from a video demonstrates how NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer surveys asteroids and comets in the solar system. Perspective shown here is looking down from high above Earth's North Pole, a kind of bird's eye view of the solar system.
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Asteroid and Comet Census from WISE
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-14 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This image of asteroid Toutatis was generated with data collected using NASA's Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on Dec. 12 and 13, 2012 and indicates that it is an elongated, irregularly shaped object with ridges and perhaps craters.
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Tumbling Asteroid Toutatis Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-15 Asteroid Samford Valley Observatory
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This frame from a movie from the Samford Valley Observatory in Brisbane, Australia, shows the progress of asteroid 2012 DA14 across the night sky as it nears its closest approach. It was taken at 12:59 UTC on Feb. 15 (7:59 a.m. EST, or 4:59 a.m. PST).
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Approach of Asteroid 2012 DA14 from Samford Valley Observatory Animation Icon
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An animated set of images, from the telescope known as the iTelescope.net Siding Spring Observatory, shows asteroid 2012 DA14 as the streak moving from top to bottom in the field of view. The animation is available in the Planetary Photojournal.
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Asteroid 2012 DA14 as Seen from Siding Spring, Australia Animation Icon
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This frame from a movie shows the asteroid 2012 DA14 flying safely by Earth, as seen by the Gingin Observatory in Australia around the time of its closest approach, 11:24:42 a.m. PST (2:24:42 p. The animation is available in the Planetary Photojournal.
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Gingin Observatory Spots Near-Earth Asteroid at Closest Approach Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-15 Asteroid Astronomical Observatory of Mallorca
La Sagra Sky Survey
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This set of images from the La Sagra Sky Survey, operated by the Astronomical Observatory of Mallorca in Spain, shows the passage of asteroid 2012 DA14 shortly after its closest, and safe, approach to Earth.
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Outbound Near-Earth Asteroid, as Seen from Spain Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-06 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This radar imagery of asteroid 1998 QE2 and its moon was generated from data collected by NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on June 1, 2013.
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Radar Movies Highlight Asteroid 1998 QE2 and Its Moon Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-12 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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NASA scientists used Earth-based radar to produce these sharp views -- an image montage and a movie sequence -- of the asteroid designated '2014 HQ124' on June 8, 2014.
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Radar Images of Asteroid 2014 HQ124 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-23 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
NRAO Green Bank Telescope
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Scientists using two giant, Earth-based radio telescopes bounced radar signals off passing asteroid 2011 UW158 to create images for an animation showing the rocky body's fast rotation. This is a frame from the animation.
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Radar Movie of Asteroid 2011 UW158 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-31 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
NRAO Green Bank Telescope
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This frame from a movie made from radar images of asteroid 1999 JD6, obtained on July 25, 2015. The asteroid is approximately 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) on its long axis.
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Radar Movie of Asteroid 1999 JD6 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.
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Two Years of NEOWISE Observations Mapped Animation Icon
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