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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured an image of an intense solar flare on October 2, 2022. The solar flare was accompanied by a subset of extreme ultraviolet light that highlighted the hot material. There is no mistaking the Sun as a hot spot in space. Sometimes, however, Earth's star emits bursts of energy... Read more...
New research indicates that one of Saturn's moons could hold evidence for habitability. The new findings suggest Enceladus's subsurface ocean could hold a key building block for life. The search for life outside of our own planet has been heating up with new data obtained more and more often. But it is not always... Read more...
NASA's Ingenuity helicopter's navigation camera captured the spacecraft picking up a small piece of foreign object debris (FOD) on one of its landing legs. Moments later, the debris could be seen drifting away. The foreign debris on the landing leg of the helicopter is not the first that has been spotted on the red... Read more...
For the first time ever, NASA's Webb and Hubble space telescopes captured the same celestial target at the same time. The two observatories had front row seats as the space agency's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) slammed into asteroid Dimorphos earlier this week. Webb and Hubble images have been used in... Read more...
NASA's Webb Space Telescope proves cool enough to capture the complex skeletal structure of a distant spiral galaxy. Webb's Mid-InfraRed Instrument (MIRI) must operate at 33 degrees Celsius below the rest of the observatory in order to remain sensitive to the mid-infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum. The... Read more...
Hurricane Ian was captured from far above on Monday as the International Space Station moved over the colossal storm. The storm was still south of Cuba and making its way to Florida's Gulf Coast when the images from 260 miles above were captured. The International Space Station (ISS) passed above the then-Tropical... Read more...
NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) successfully met its fate, as it crashed into asteroid Dimorphos. The spacecraft was also able to capture some amazing images just before impact as well. In the closing hours of September 26, 2022, the world's first planetary defense technology demonstration met its... Read more...
9/26/2022 Update As a reminder, Jupiter's closest pass to Earth is tonight, so don't miss the opportunity to see it! It is a busy night for space as the NASA DART mission is reaching its conclusion this evening as well. Original story below... Jupiter will be in opposition to the Sun later this month, presenting an... Read more...
NASA's DART mission is nearing its final destination later today, as the spacecraft will slam into asteroid Dimorphos in hopes of changing its speed and path. You will be able to follow along tonight as the space agency will be sharing a live feed from the spacecraft, as well as a post-impact press briefing. DART... Read more...
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has captured a gorgeous image of Neptune, its rings, and seven of the planet's moons. One of Neptune's moons shines so brightly, that it could be mistaken for a star. Neptune was first discovered in 1846 and has enamored astronomers since. The frigid planet is located 30... Read more...
NASA's InSight lander has captured the first audio of a meteoroid impacting another planet, and it sounds quite different than one might imagine. The lander's seismometer has been able to pick up vibrations from four separate impacts in the past two years. InSight first landed on the Red Planet in 2018. Since its... Read more...
NASA's Webb telescope captures first images and spectra of the Red Planet, revealing data beneath the planet's blinding light. The new information will be used along with other data collected by orbiters, rovers, and other telescopes to reveal more about Mars. While the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is located... Read more...
NASA's Mars Perseverance rover has been busy collecting rock-core samples in an area thought by scientists to be ideal for finding ancient signs of microbial life on Mars. The rover has also been taking some extraordinary pictures along the way. Perseverance is in its second science campaign, following a... Read more...
The remnants of an exploded white dwarf star are serving as a learning tool for astronomers. The supernova remnant, known as SNR 0519-69.0 (SNR 0519 for short) is the result of debris from a white dwarf star explosion. It is believed that the dwarf star in question reached a critical mass, "either by pulling matter... Read more...
The Hubble Space Telescope continues to capture dazzling images from space, as it catches an intimate cosmic dance of two intertwined spiral galaxies. The two galaxies are located more than a billion light-years from Earth. The European Space Agency (ESA) recently shared an image of two overlapping spiral galaxies... Read more...
NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft has captured its first images of its deep space target. The journeyed spacecraft is on a mission to crash into Dimorphos, the asteroid moonlet of Didymos, in order to collect data on a spacecraft being used to deflect an asteroid for planetary defense. While... Read more...
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) continues to unveil secrets of the universe, as it captures a Tarantula Nebula in high-resolution detail. The image also shed light on what astronomers previously thought was an older star. Located approximately 161,000 light-years away, the Tarantula Nebula lies within the... Read more...
A European Space Agency (ESA) Hubble telescope picture of the week captures a magnificent view of a dwarf irregular galaxy. The image showcases galactic marvel NGC 1156. NGC 1156 is not like many other galaxies known to Hubble. While its thousands of brilliant stars conjure up thoughts of a spiral galaxy, it lacks... Read more...
NASA has revamped its "Eyes on the Solar System" 3D visualization tool, making it easier to traverse the solar system in more interactive manner. Since its creation two years ago, the tool has seen many updates that include better controls, improved navigation, and new opportunities to learn about the cosmos. As we... Read more...
NASA's Artemis I is scheduled for liftoff later today, as long as teams can overcome fueling issues. As of right now, launch is set for 2:17 p.m. (ET) and you can watch live below. The Artemis program has been one of the most anticipated in recent history. Artemis I is an unmanned mission that will lay the... Read more...
NASA's Webb telescope has captured its first ever direct image of a planet outside our own solar system. Exoplanet HIP 65426 b is a massive gas planet, about 12 times the size of Jupiter. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) continues to capture images never before seen. While still under the peer-review process... Read more...
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) continues to deliver amazing images from deep space. One of the latest is a colorized image of what is known as an Einstein Ring. JWST began sending full resolution images from deep space back in early July. Since then, it has dazzled with images of a Cartwheel Galaxy... Read more...
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