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Between the rings

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is back in contact with Earth after its successful first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017. The spacecraft is in the process…


Spitzer’s Snowball

Scientists have discovered a new planet with the mass of Earth, orbiting its star at the same distance that we orbit our sun. The planet is likely far too cold to be habitable for life…


CME and post-coronal loops on Sun

An active region that had just rotated into view blasted out a coronal mass ejection, which was immediately followed by a bright series of post-coronal loops seeking to reorganize that region’s magnetic field (April 19,…


Heartbeats in X-Ray major

At the center of the Centaurus galaxy cluster, there is a large elliptical galaxy called NGC 4696. Deeper still, there is a supermassive black hole buried within the core of this galaxy. New data from…


Peanuts in space

Radar images of asteroid 2014 JO25 were obtained in the early morning hours on Tuesday, with NASA’s 70-meter (230-foot) antenna at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California. The images reveal a peanut-shaped asteroid…


Forget about Mars, let’s go to .. ummm … Ehgellodos.

Did you know it is pronounced somewhat like “EhGEllodos” in Greek? But you can also resort to “EnCELLladous” in English…. Since the discovery of the mysteriously warm ‘tiger stripe’ crevasses and the remarkable geyser-like plumes…


Rings, Auroras and Uranus

This is a composite image of Uranus by Voyager 2 and two different observations made by Hubble — one for the ring and one for the auroras. Ever since Voyager 2 beamed home spectacular images…