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Pictures of the Year: Space


The sun is seen in this image taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory

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GIF’s of the Heavens

After all the excitement surrounding the Solar eclipse, thought I would share a collection of GIF’s with views of Earth from above, our Universe, our Galaxy and beyond.  Enjoy! 

 

Large, Distant Comets More Common Than Previously Thought

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NASA Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s WISE spacecraft, scanning the entire sky at infrared wavelengths, has delivered new insights about distant cometary wanderers.

Comets that take more than 200 years to make one revolution around the Sun are notoriously difficult to study. Because they spend most of their time far from our area of the solar system, many “long-period comets” will never approach the Sun in a person’s lifetime. In fact, those that travel inward from the Oort Cloud — a group of icy bodies beginning roughly 186 billion miles (300 billion kilometers) away from the Sun — can have periods of thousands or even millions of years.

nasa.gov: Large, Distant Comets More Common Than Previously Thought

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Solar System: Things to Know This Week

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Space Photos – Satellite Images – Image of the Day

Vivid blue and teal auroras loom over northern Europe in this photo taken from the International Space Station.

The large city pictured in the foreground is Berlin. City lights in The Netherlands and Belgium glow brightly in the distance, while Norway and Sweden look relatively dim in comparison. — Hanneke Weitering

Monday, May 1, 2017: A bright star photobombs a distant galaxy in this newly released image from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Source: Space Photos – Satellite Images – Image of the Day

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Best Night Sky Events of May 2017 (Stargazing Maps)

starrynightSee what’s up in the night sky for May 2017, including stargazing events and the moon’s phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.

Source: Best Night Sky Events of May 2017 (Stargazing Maps)

NASA Spacecraft Dives Between Saturn And Its 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 of beaming back science and engineering data collected during its passage, via NASA’s Deep Space Network Goldstone Complex in California’s Mojave Desert.

Source: NASA Spacecraft Dives Between Saturn and Its Rings

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The Most Amazing Space Photos This Week!

See the best photos on Space.com this week, including amazing images of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket blasting off, a greenish comet gleaming in the heavens and an Indian space plane prototype launching for the first time.

Source: The Most Amazing Space Photos This Week!

Earth Prepares To Snap First-Ever Image Of A Black Holes Event Horizon

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Will it really be black? Are event horizons real? We’re about to find out.

Source: Earth Prepares To Snap First-Ever Image Of A Black Hole’s Event Horizon