June 21, 2024
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Solar System

Large dust storms on Mars

Two 2001 images taken by the Mars Orbiter Camera on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor orbiter show a dramatic change in the planet's appearance as haze kicked up by dust storm activity in the south became distributed globally. On the left, an image from late June 2001 shows clear conditions over much of the planet, with

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Globular cluster NGC 3201 | Earth Blog

This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope reveals a glowing, ancient globular cluster called NGC 3201, a gathering of hundreds of thousands of stars bound together by gravity. NGC 3201 was discovered in 1826 by Scottish astronomer James Dunlop, who described it as a “quite large and quite bright” object that becomes “rather irregular”

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Lupus 3 star formation region | Earth Blog

A dark cloud of cosmic dust meanders across this spectacular wide-field image, illuminated by the bright light of new stars. This dense cloud is a star-forming region called Lupus 3, where dazzlingly hot stars are born from the collapse of masses of gas and dust. This image was created from images taken with the VLT

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Spiral galaxy NGC 7331 | Earth Blog

This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a spiral galaxy known as NGC 7331. First observed by prolific galaxy hunter William Herschel in 1784, NGC 7331 is located about 45 million light years away, in the constellation of Pegasus (The Winged Horse). . In front of us partially edge-on, the galaxy shows its

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Solar System

TRAPPIST-1 planets probably rich in water

A new study has found that the seven planets orbiting the nearby ultracool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 are made primarily of rock, and some could potentially contain more water than Earth. The densities of the planets, now known with much more precision than before, suggest that some of them could have up to 5 percent of

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Spiral galaxy NGC 1559 | Earth Blog

About 50 million light-years away lies a small, somewhat overlooked galaxy called NGC 1559. Photographed here by Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3, this barred spiral is located in the little-observed southern constellation of Reticulum. ). NGC 1559 has huge spiral arms packed with star formation and is moving away from us at a speed of

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Space

New exoplanet catalog reveals 126 exotic worlds

The new NASA exoplanet The catalog contains 126 newly discovered worlds of a wide variety. It will help astronomers learn more about how exoplanets form and evolve. The catalog will also help them compare exoplanets with planets in our own solar system. Image via WM Keck Observatory/ Adam Makarenko/ University of California, Riverside. A new

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Space

Peru and Slovakia sign the Artemisa Agreements

WASHINGTON – Peru and Slovakia signed the Artemis Accords outlining best practices for responsible space exploration, bringing the number of countries that have signed to 42. In separate ceremonies at NASA headquarters on May 30, Peruvian Foreign Minister Javier González-Olaechea and Tomáš Drucker, Slovakia's Minister of Education, Research, Development and Youth, signed the Artemis Accords

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R Sculptor | Earth Blog

This ghostly image shows a distant, pulsating red giant star known as R Sculptoris. Located 1,200 light-years away in the Sculptor constellation, R Sculptoris is something known as a carbon-rich asymptotic giant branch (AGB) star, meaning it is nearing the end of its life. At this stage, low- and intermediate-mass stars cool, create extended atmospheres,

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Earth and Moon seen by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from 63 million kilometers away

As part of an engineering test, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft captured this image of the Earth and Moon using its NavCam1 imager on January 17 from a distance of 39.5 million miles (63.6 million kilometers). When the camera acquired the image, the spacecraft was moving away from home at a speed of 19,000 miles per hour

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