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Spots Galore

07.23.2014
The Sun sported a whole slew of substantial sunspots over the period July 1-10, 2014.

Hubble Sees Flickering Light Display on Saturn

05.29.2014
Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have captured new images of the dancing auroral lights at Saturn’s north pole.

Dark Lift-Off

05.29.2014
A small, hovering mass of twisted strands of plasma shifted back and forth before erupting into space (Apr. 29-30, 2014) over a period of just one day.

The Making of NASA's Global Selfie

05.29.2014
On Earth Day, NASA asked people all around the world a simple question – “Where are you on Earth Right Now?” This image was built using 36,422 individual photos that were posted on social media.

Hubble Sees Starbursts in the Wake of a Fleeting Romance

05.29.2014
This image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows galaxy NGC 4485 in the constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs). The galaxy is irregular in shape, but it hasn’t always been so.

Hubble Shows Jupiter's Great Red Spot is Smaller than Ever Measured

05.15.2014
Images of Jupiter's Great Red Spot, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope over a span of 20 years, shows how the planet's trademark spot has decreased in size over the years.

Neutron Stars Rip Each Other Apart to Form Black Hole

05.15.2014
This still image from a supercomputer simulation shows one of the most violent events in the universe: a pair of neutron stars colliding, merging and forming a black hole.

Wonders in the Antarctic Sky

05.12.2014
An IceBridge photo of a multi-layered lenticular cloud hovering near Mount Discovery, a volcano about 70 kilometers southwest of McMurdo Station on Antarctica’s Ross Island.

More Glacier Surveys for IceBridge

05.12.2014
A view of mountains and sea ice near Thule Air Base, Greenland, from the NASA P-3 on May 6, 2014.

Flame Nebula: Chandra Delivers New Insight into Formation of Star Clusters

05.12.2014
A study of NGC 2024 and the Orion Nebula Cluster suggest that the stars on the outskirts of these clusters are older than those in the central regions, contrary to previous ideas about star formation.

March 29 X-class Flare

05.12.2014
This combined image shows the March 29, 2014, X-class flare as seen through the eyes of different observatories.

LRO View of Earth

05.12.2014
This image shows a colorized view of Earth from the moon-based perspective of NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Graceful Turbulence

04.02.2014
Powerful magnetic forces above an active region on the Sun twisted and pulled at a blob of plasma until it lost its connections and blew out into space.

Kavir Desert, Iran

04.04.2014
As the astronauts on the International Space Station passed over the deserts of central Iran recently, they were greeted by this striking pattern of parallel lines and sweeping curves.

First Images Available from NASA-JAXA Global Rain and Snowfall Satellite

03.26.2014
3D view inside an extra-tropical cyclone observed off the coast of Japan by GPM's Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar.

First Interactive Mosaic of Lunar North Pole

03.19.2014
An interactive mosaic from LRO covers the north pole of the moon from 60 to 90 degrees latitude at a resolution of 2 meters per pixel. Close-ups of Thales crater (right side) zoom in to reveal detail.

Hubble Celebrates 24th Anniversary with Infrared Image of Nearby Star Factory

03.19.2014
The images demonstrate Hubble's powerful infrared vision and reveal a shadowy, dense knot of gas and dust sharply contrasted against a backdrop of brilliant glowing gas in the Monkey Head Nebula.

Mid-Level Solar Flare Seen by NASA's SDO

03.19.2014
SDO captures images of the sun in many wavelengths of light at the same time. Each wavelength shows different aspects of the same event, as seen in these three images of a solar flare from March 12.

Distant Quasar RX J1131

03.06.2014
Multiple images of a distant quasar are visible in this combined view from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope.

GPM Launches

03.11.2014
The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a joint Earth-observing mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), thundered into space at 1:37 p.m. EST 2/27.

A Thousand Miles from Nowhere

03.07.2014
There is perhaps no better place to get away from it all than Norway’s Bouvet Island. The nearest large land mass is the Princess Astrid Coast of Queen Maud Land, Antarctica—1,100 miles to the south.

Hubble Monitors Supernova In Nearby Galaxy M82

03.21.2014
This composite image of a supernova explosion called SN 2014J in the galaxy M82 is an HST image of the closest supernova of its type discovered in the past few decades.

SDO Shows Images of Significant Solar Flare

03.07.2014
These SDO images show the first moments of an X-class flare in different wavelengths of light -- seen as the bright spot that appears on the left limb of the sun.

The Koreas at Night

03.11.2014
Flying over East Asia, astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) took this night image of the Korean Peninsula.

Untangling the Remains of Cassiopeia A

02.20.2014
By mapping titanium-44 in Cassiopeia A, astronomers get a direct look at what happened in the core of the star when it was blasted to smithereens.
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