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‘Built like an armored tank’, Juno swoops through debris, radiation in Jupiter’s upper atmosphere

‘Built like an armored tank’, Juno swoops through debris, radiation in Jupiter’s upper atmosphere

July 4, 2016 [CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION] NASA’s Juno spacecraft was to fire its main rocket engine late Monday to slow itself down from a speed of 150,000 mph (250,000 kph) and slip into orbit around Jupiter. With Juno on autopilot, the delicately choreographed move comes without any help from ground controllers. The […]

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Juno, on July 4, will fire engine, orbit Jupiter’s poles at cloud-top level

Juno, on July 4, will fire engine, orbit Jupiter’s poles at cloud-top level

After nearly a five-year journey, Juno enjoys a perspective on Jupiter not often seen, even by spacecraft from Earth that usually swing by closer to Jupiter’s equator. Looking down toward the ruling gas giant from a distance of 10.9 million kilometers, the spacecraft’s JunoCam captured this image with Jupiter’s nightside and orbiting entourage of four […]

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For the next Summer solstice and full moon match-up, wait until 2062

For the next Summer solstice and full moon match-up, wait until 2062

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Laurie Hatch] A Full Moon sets as the Solstice Sun rises in this June 20 dawn skyscape. Captured from a nearby peak in central California, planet Earth, the scene looks across the summit of Mount Hamilton and Lick Observatory domes on a calendar date that marks an astronomical change […]

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The relatively nearby Formax Galaxy Cluster is only 62 million light years away

The relatively nearby Formax Galaxy Cluster is only 62 million light years away

June 16, 2016 CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, European Southern Observatory, Aniello Grado and Luca Limatola Named for the southern constellation toward which most of its galaxies can be found, the Fornax Cluster is one of the closest clusters of galaxies. About 62 million light-years away, it is almost 20 times more distant than […]

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The magnificent Horsehead Nebula with a hat tip to the 23-year-old Hubble Space Telescope

The magnificent Horsehead Nebula with a hat tip to the 23-year-old Hubble Space Telescope

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) While drifting through the cosmos, a magnificent interstellar dust cloud became sculpted by stellar winds and radiation to assume a recognizable shape. Fittingly named the Horsehead Nebula, it is embedded in the vast and complex Orion Nebula (M42). A potentially rewarding […]

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The view from beyond Pluto

The view from beyond Pluto

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, NASA, Johns Hopkins Univ./APL, Southwest Research Institute] The night side of Pluto spans this shadowy scene. The space-based view with the Sun behind the distant world was captured by New Horizons last July. The spacecraft was at a range of over 21,000 kilometers, about 19 minutes after its closest […]

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String theorist on God: We live in a ‘Matrix’ shaped by ‘universal intelligence’, not chance

String theorist on God: We live in a ‘Matrix’ shaped by ‘universal intelligence’, not chance

June 7, 2016 The theoretical physicist Michio Kaku claims to have developed a theory that might point to the existence of God. The information has created a great stir in the scientific community because Kaku is considered one of the most important scientists of our times, one of the creators and developers of the revolutionary […]

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Late lunar afternoon sun reveals shadow of Surveyor 1, still standing

Late lunar afternoon sun reveals shadow of Surveyor 1, still standing

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, NASA / GSFC / Arizona State U. / Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Fifty years ago, Surveyor 1 reached the Moon. Launched on May 30, 1966 and landed on June 2, 1966 with the Moon at full phase it became the first U.S. spacecraft to make a soft landing on another […]

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A look beyond stars in our Milky Way to galaxies beyond

A look beyond stars in our Milky Way to galaxies beyond

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Dietmar Hager, Eric Benson] This sharp telescopic field of view holds two bright galaxies. Barred spiral NGC 5101 (top right) and nearly edge-on system NGC 5078 are separated on the sky by about 0.5 degrees or about the apparent width of a full moon. Found within the boundaries of […]

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Mercury takes 7.5 hours to transit the sun

Mercury takes 7.5 hours to transit the sun

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Howard Brown-Greaves] On May 9, the diminutive disk of Mercury spent about seven and a half hours crossing in front of the Sun as viewed from the general vicinity of Earth. It was the second of 14 transits of the Solar System’s innermost planet in the 21st century. Captured […]