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NASA’s Juno time-lapse shows Jupiter’s gorgeous blue south pole

NASA’s Juno time-lapse shows Jupiter’s gorgeous blue south pole

There's no shortage of incredible images from NASA and its variety of spacecraft, and this week's stunning space picture is no exception. The space agency has published a series of images showing Jupiter's south pole in all of its blue glory, each one partially covered in darkness so that the planet's blue mass is only half-visible. The images are part of a time lapse sequence.

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NASA study highlights Antarctic ice flow changes

NASA study highlights Antarctic ice flow changes

NASA has completed a study that took massive amounts of satellite data to give a clear picture of how Antarctic ice flow into the ocean has changed. According to the study, the information gives the clearest picture yet of how ice loss is accelerating in the region. NASA says that the findings confirm that ice loss is accelerating from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.

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Happy Suit auto-adjusts environment to keep astronauts sane

Happy Suit auto-adjusts environment to keep astronauts sane

Researchers with Florida Polytechnic University are developing a "happy suit" that will help address astronaut depression and declining mental health while in space. Mental wellbeing is an important part of future space travel plans, but depression is a big challenge to that. Many factors contribute to depression, but new technology will help address that by automatically adjusting the space traveler's environment.

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These are the first photos of an exploding star

These are the first photos of an exploding star

Amateur astronomer Victor Buso took a photo of an exploding star at a moment never before captured. In the history of humanity, no known photo has ever captured the burst of light from a supernova, and Buso did it, basically on accident. The chances of this photo capturing this moment are one in hundreds of millions.

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Amateur astronomer snaps before and after pics of exploding star

Amateur astronomer snaps before and after pics of exploding star

An amateur astronomer called Victor Buso from Argentina was snapping pictures of the cosmos with a new camera and telescope. The subject of his images was a distant galaxy called NGC 613 about 80 million light-years from Earth. The images the astronomer snapped showed something that is very rare and a first for any astronomer.

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Jupiter’s spot is fading, Neptune’s too

Jupiter’s spot is fading, Neptune’s too

Jupiter's red spot was its most defining characteristic for the average observer - save its size. But like all storms, this one had to end sometime. This storm was observed since 1830, and may well have been in existence for hundreds of years before that. Despite this, at least one scientists believes the red spot's time is soon ending.

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NASA Opportunity rover celebrates its 5,000th Martian day

NASA Opportunity rover celebrates its 5,000th Martian day

Back in the summer of 2003, NASA launched a pair of Mars rovers named Opportunity and Spirit. Both landed on the Martian surface in January 2004, each designed for a mission that would last 90 Martian days (which are called sols). Both rovers managed to drastically outlive that 90-sol mission. Though Spirit became stuck in 2009, eventually losing communication with NASA, Opportunity lived on.

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Americans believe they’ll be happy if scientists discover aliens: study

Americans believe they’ll be happy if scientists discover aliens: study

Humanity has spent many years imaging scenarios in which extraterrestrial life is announced or spontaneously shows up on Earth for a visit. Many stories, comic books, and movies present narratives wrapped around this idea...and many of those stories are less than optimistic about the outcome. Americans, though, largely believe they'd be happy about an extraterrestrial discovery, at least according to a newly published study.

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Hubble Space Telescope is watching a massive storm on Neptune disappear

Hubble Space Telescope is watching a massive storm on Neptune disappear

In 1989 when the Voyager 2 spacecraft flew by Neptune it was able to observe some massive storms on the surface of the blue planet. Once those storms were first noticed, the Hubble Space Telescope began keeping an eye on the planet to learn more about Neptune and its atmosphere. Observations of those storms have gone on for years.

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Elon Musk’s space Tesla might hit Earth in 10 million years

Elon Musk’s space Tesla might hit Earth in 10 million years

One of the coolest things to happen in space and automotive news in a long time was the successful launch of Elon Musk's personal Tesla Roadster atop a Falcon Heavy rocket during the first test flight for the new rocket. That launch was successful, and you can watch the Tesla head towards Mars.

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Solar storm to hit Earth today could make auroras brighter

Solar storm to hit Earth today could make auroras brighter

The distances in space are hard to wrap our brains around. Last Sunday NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Satellite captured a massive solar flare on the surface of the sun at 8:25 p.m. EST. That large solar flare released a coronal mass ejection or CME and is only going to hit the Earth today.

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Spiral Galaxy NGC 3344 in Leo Minor: Valentine’s Day majesty

Spiral Galaxy NGC 3344 in Leo Minor: Valentine’s Day majesty

A new massive image of Spiral Galaxy NGC 3344 in Leo Minor was revealed this week by the folks at the Hubble European Space Agency. This is a multi-filter image that depicts a spiral galaxy sitting at around 20-million light-years from our Earth. We've got a set of coordinates for you to map this galaxy in your night sky and individual filter and color band information too.

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