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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-15 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed the sun's only visible active region as it sputtered and spurted and eventually unleashed a small (C-class) flare on Feb. 7, 2018.
PIA22244:
One Small Flare Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-07 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed no sunspots for almost two weeks (as of Feb. 1, 2018) and just has a single, tiny one that appeared on Jan. 31, 2018.
PIA22242:
Spotless Days Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-31 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a small coronal mass ejection that was also associated with a small flare on Jan. 22, 2018.
PIA22184:
Small Flare and a Coronal Mass Ejection Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-18 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a prominence rising up above the sun, sending an arch of plasma to link up magnetically with an active region over a one-day period (Jan, 9-10, 2017).
PIA22199:
Reversing Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-12 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a small prominence rose up above the sun, appeared to twist around for several hours, and then began to send some streams of plasma back into the sun (Jan. 3-4, 2018).
PIA22198:
Small Twisting Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-29 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed an elongated coronal hole (the darker area near the center) seeming to shape itself into a single, recognizable question mark over the period of one day (Dec. 21-22, 2017).
PIA22197:
The Sun Forms a Question Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-18 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A small prominence observed in profile arched up and sent streams of plasma curling back into the sun over a 30-hour period on Dec. 13-14, 2017 by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
PIA22196:
Curling Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-15 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a small prominence, slowly rising further up above the sun, then fell apart and back into the sun over about seven hours (Dec. 6, 2017).
PIA22195:
Prominence Falls Apart Animation Icon
Full Resolution:     TIFF (4.213 MB)     JPEG (260.2 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-11 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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This image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a prominence at the sun's edge shifted and slithered back and forth over a one-day period on Nov. 29-30, 2017.
PIA22123:
Slithering Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-11 Jupiter Juno
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This image is from a simulation of the motion of clouds in Jupiter's Great Red Spot by applying a wind movement model to a mosaic of NASA's JunoCam images.
PIA22178:
Great Red Spot Rotation (animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-11 Jupiter Juno
JunoCam
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This image from NASA's Juno's spacecraft, shows a simulation of a flight into, and then out of, Jupiter's upper atmosphere at the location of the Great Red Spot.
PIA22176:
The Great Red Spot Plunge (animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-28 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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This image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a developing filament near the edge of the sun churned and twisted as the rotating sun brought it into clearer view over a day on Nov. 16-17, 2017.
PIA22120:
Churning Filament Animation Icon
Full Resolution:     TIFF (4.195 MB)     JPEG (161.9 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-16 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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This image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a broad coronal hole, the dominant feature this week on the sun on Nov. 7-9, 2017. It was easily recognizable as the dark expanse across the top of the sun and extending down in each side.
PIA22113:
Coronal Hole All Spread Out Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-08 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory came across an oddity this week that the spacecraft has rarely observed before: a dark filament encircling an active region on Oct. 29-31, 2017.
PIA22104:
Rare Encircling Filament Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-31 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured these images showing the sun from its surface to its upper atmosphere in order of temperature, all taken at about the same time on Oct. 27, 2017.
PIA22055:
From Hot to Hottest Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-26 Ceres Dawn
Framing Camera
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft took these images of dwarf planet Ceres. The map overlaid on the right gives scientists hints about Ceres' internal structure.
PIA22083:
Clues to Ceres' Internal Structure Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-23 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a small eruption on Oct. 18, 2017. The source of the blast was just out of sight beyond the edge of the sun.
PIA22050:
Quick Solar Outburst Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-16 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a dark structure, shaped kind of like the Pi symbol, spreading across much of the top of the sun this week (Oct. 12-13, 2017).
PIA22047:
Sprawling Coronal Hole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-16 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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 2017-10-09 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a pair of active regions (the brighter areas) move and change as they rotate with the sun over just a 17-hour period (Oct. 4-5, 2017).
PIA22039:
Dynamic Duo Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-04 Phobos 2001 Mars Odyssey
THEMIS
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This frame from an animation was taken in visible-wavelength light as the THEMIS camera on NASA's Mars Odyssey scanned across the Martian moon Phobos on Sept. 29, 2017.
PIA21859:
Series of Images from THEMIS Scanning Phobos
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-04 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, observed three distinct active regions with towering arches above them rotated into view over a three-day period (Sept. 24-26, 2017). To give some sense of scale, the largest arches rose up many times the size of Earth.
PIA22038:
Trio of Tempests Animation Icon
Full Resolution:     TIFF (3.855 MB)     JPEG (181.5 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-29 Mars MAVEN
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This image shows the sudden appearance of a bright aurora on Mars during a solar storm as observed by NASA's Maven orbiter. The purple-white color scheme shows the intensity of ultraviolet light seen on Mars' night side over the course of the event.
PIA21854:
Solar Storm Triggers Whole-Planet Aurora at Mars (Video)
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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
Full Resolution:     TIFF (1.581 MB)     JPEG (63.81 kB)
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
Full Resolution:     TIFF (12.26 MB)     JPEG (461.1 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-18 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On Sept. 10, 2017, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, observed the Sun erupting with an X8 solar flare, one of the largest of the current solar cycle.
PIA21958:
Major Solar Flare Animation Icon
Full Resolution:     TIFF (5.49 MB)     JPEG (203.4 kB)
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 2017-09-15 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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Saturn's active, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus sinks behind the giant planet in a farewell portrait from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This view of Enceladus was taken by the Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017.
PIA21889:
Enceladus Setting Behind Saturn (Image & Movie)
Full Resolution:     TIFF (1.183 MB)     JPEG (21.65 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-11 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a large sunspot, source of a powerful solar flare (an X 9.3) and a coronal mass ejection (Sept. 6, 2017). The flare was the largest solar flare of the last decade.
PIA21949:
Major Solar Flare Animation Icon
Full Resolution:     TIFF (6.065 MB)     JPEG (233.6 kB)
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 2017-09-08 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is the last dedicated observation of the Enceladus plume, taken Aug. 28, 2017.
PIA21887:
Last Enceladus Plume Observation Animation Icon
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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 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
Full Resolution:     TIFF (1.206 MB)     JPEG (50.3 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-06 Jupiter Juno
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This is a reconstructed view of Jupiter's northern lights through the filters of Juno's Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrometer (UVS) instrument on Dec. 11, 2016, as the Juno spacecraft approached Jupiter, passed over its poles, and plunged towards the equator.
PIA21938:
Jupiter's Northern Lights Animation Icon
Full Resolution:     TIFF (82.76 kB)     JPEG (197.9 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-04 Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows a 'spacecraft's eye' view of Enceladus during Cassini's recent flyby on Aug. 1, 2017.
PIA21344:
Nevertheless, It Moves Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-02 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a large coronal hole has been spewing solar wind particles in the general direction of Earth over the past few days (Aug. 31- Sept. 1, 2017).
PIA21942:
Extensive Coronal Hole Animation Icon
Full Resolution:     TIFF (4.019 MB)     JPEG (155.5 kB)
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
Full Resolution:     TIFF (1.012 MB)     JPEG (68.11 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-23 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a partial eclipse that at its peak covered only about 14 per cent of the sun on Aug. 21, 2017.
PIA21929:
SDO Saw Only a Partial Eclipse Animation Icon
Full Resolution:     TIFF (3.667 MB)     JPEG (185.9 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-17 Spitzer Space Telescope
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By using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have found that the varying glow of brown dwarfs over time can be explained by bands of patchy clouds rotating at different speeds, as shown in this artist's concept.
PIA21752:
Brown Dwarf Weather (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
Full Resolution:     TIFF (7.027 MB)     JPEG (397.9 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-14 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a substantial coronal hole rotated into a position where it is facing Earth on Aug. 9-11, 2017.
PIA21874:
Coronal Hole Faces Earth Animation Icon
Full Resolution:     TIFF (7.349 MB)     JPEG (255.3 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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Wispy clouds float across the Martian sky in this frame from an unehanced accelerated sequence of early-morning images taken on July 17, 2017, by the Navcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA21842:
Clouds Sailing Overhead on Mars, Unenhanced Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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Wispy clouds float across the Martian sky in this frame from an accelerated sequence of enhanced images taken on July 17, 2017, by the Navcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA21841:
Clouds Sailing Overhead on Mars, Enhanced Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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Clouds drift across the sky above a Martian horizon in this frame from an accelerated sequence of enhanced images taken on July 17, 2017, by the Navcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA21840:
Clouds Sailing Above Martian Horizon, Enhanced Animation Icon
Full Resolution:     TIFF (261.6 kB)     JPEG (89.02 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-07 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a large sunspot (called AR2665) that rotated out of view about two weeks ago has returned on Aug. 1-2, 2017.
PIA21873:
Old Sunspot Returns Animation Icon
Full Resolution:     TIFF (4.347 MB)     JPEG (148.5 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-01 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a sheet of plasma blasted out into space from just behind the edge of the sun on July 28, 2017.
PIA21866:
Sheet of Plasma Animation Icon
Full Resolution:     TIFF (4.421 MB)     JPEG (207.7 kB)
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 2017-07-25 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 2017-07-25 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed numerous arches of magnetic field lines dancing and swaying above a large active region over about a 30-hour period July 17-18, 2017.
PIA21838:
Kinked Loop Stretching Between Two Active Regions Animation Icon
Full Resolution:     TIFF (4.055 MB)     JPEG (189.1 kB)
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 2017-07-24 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
Full Resolution:     TIFF (2.399 MB)     JPEG (471.8 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-20 Mars Hubble Space Telescope
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The sharp eye of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured the tiny moon Phobos during its orbital trek around Mars.
PIA21837:
NASA's Hubble Sees Martian Moon Orbiting the Red Planet Animation Icon
Full Resolution:     TIFF (7.832 MB)     JPEG (196.3 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-19 Kuiper Belt Object New Horizons
LORRI
MVIC
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This frame from an animation shows a Kuiper Belt object know as 2014 MU69, as seen by NASA's New Horizons.
PIA21865:
Wink of a Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-18 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a medium-sized flare, lasting almost two hours, and a coronal mass ejection erupting from the same, large active region on July 14, 2017.
PIA21836:
Bastille Day Solar Flare and a Coronal Mass Ejection Animation Icon
Full Resolution:     TIFF (4.226 MB)     JPEG (181.7 kB)
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 2017-07-12 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A prominence at the edge of the sun provided NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory with a splendid view of solar plasma as it churned and streamed over less than one day (June 25-26, 2017).
PIA21783:
New Lone Sunspot Group Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A prominence at the edge of the sun provided NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory with a splendid view of solar plasma as it churned and streamed over less than one day (June 25-26, 2017).
PIA21768:
Streaming Prominence Animation Icon
Full Resolution:     TIFF (4.314 MB)     JPEG (261.6 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-30 Jupiter Juno
Subaru Telescope
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This frame from a video shows Jupiter as revealed by a powerful telescope sensitive to the giant planet's tropospheric temperatures and cloud thickness. It combines observations made on Jan. 14, 2017, using the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii.
PIA21715:
Rotating Jupiter With Great Red Spot, January 2017 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-30 Asteroid Catalina Sky Survey (CSS)
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This frame from a sequence of four images of the asteroid name 2014 AA, seen as a speck of light moving relative to the background stars, is a small asteroid, observed by NASA's Catalina Sky Survey. It was, at the time, about as far away as the moon.
PIA21712:
Sky Survey Detected This Small Asteroid Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-27 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a smallish solar filament looks like it collapsed into the sun and set off a minor eruption that hurled plasma into space on June 20, 2017.
PIA21764:
Coils of Magnetic Field Lines Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-19 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory sees several short stalks of cooler, darker plasma spun and twisted as they interacted with each other at the sun's edge, June 14-15, 2017.
PIA21761:
Twisting Plasma Interactions Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-05 KELT-9b 5120x2880x3
This artist's concept shows planet KELT-9b orbiting its host star, KELT-9. It is the hottest gas giant planet discovered so far.
PIA21472:
Hottest Hot Jupiter Animation (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-05 Asteroid NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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This frame from an animation shows NASA's NEOWISE's third year of survey data with the spacecraft discovering 97 previously unknown celestial objects in the last year.
PIA21653:
Three Years of NEOWISE Data 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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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-02 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a pair of relatively small (but frenetic) active regions rotated into view, spouting off numerous small flares and sweeping loops of plasma (May 31-June 2, 2017).
PIA21756:
Energized Active Regions Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-30 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observes a solar prominence at the sun's edge putting on quite a display of plasma being pushed and pulled by unstable magnetic fields (May 22-24, 2017).
PIA21650:
Hedgerow Prominence Animation Icon
Full Resolution:     TIFF (4.238 MB)     JPEG (270.8 kB)
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
Full Resolution:     TIFF (1.307 MB)     JPEG (202.2 kB)
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
Full Resolution:     TIFF (4.705 MB)     JPEG (105.3 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-22 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spots several bright bands of plasma connect from one active region to another, even though they are tens of thousands of miles away from each other (May 17-18, 2017).
PIA21638:
Active Regions' Magnetic Connection Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-16 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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At the edge of the sun, a large prominence and a small prominence began to shift, turn and fall apart in less than one day, observed by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, May 8-9, 2017.
PIA21634:
Two Prominences Unraveling Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-16 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 2017-05-09 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 2017-05-09 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 2017-05-03 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 2017-04-18 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A dark, elongated filament rose up and broke to the lower left and out from the sun seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, Apr.9-10, 2017. Filaments are cooler clouds of plasma tethered above the sun's surface by magnetic forces.
PIA21592:
Filament Breakaway Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-11 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 2017-04-11 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 2017-03-29 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 2017-03-28 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 2017-03-22 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 2017-03-22 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 2017-03-20 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 2017-03-16 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 2017-03-09 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 2017-03-08 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Several small sunspots appeared this week, giving NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory a chance to illustrate their sources (Mar. 2, 2017). Magnetic forces are the dynamic drivers here in these regions of the sun.
PIA21557:
Sorting through Layers Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-28 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a solar prominence gathering itself into a twisting cone, then rose up and broke apart in a delicate dance of plasma above the sun on Feb. 20, 2017.
PIA21552:
Delicate Ballet Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-27 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 2017-02-27 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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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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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)
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 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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This frame from a video depicts artist's concepts of each of the seven planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1, an ultra-cool dwarf star. Over 21 days.
PIA21468:
TRAPPIST-1 Planets - Flyaround Animation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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This 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 2017-02-21 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 2017-02-08 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 2017-02-06 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Between Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2017, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory saw a substantial coronal hole rotating across the face of the sun this past week and is again streaming solar wind towards Earth.
PIA11177:
Returning Coronal Hole Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-30 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On Jan. 23-24, 2017, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory watched as a solar prominence rose up along the edge of the sun and twisted and churned for about two days before falling apart. The dynamic action was generated by competing magnetic forces.
PIA11237:
Churning Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-26 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On Jan. 20, 2017, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured a small area of the sun highlighted three active region. Over half a day this active region sent dark swirls of plasma and bright magnetic arches twisting and turning above it.
PIA11703:
Gyrating Active Region Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-24 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 2017-01-17 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 2017-01-13 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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