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NASA’s Juno probe captures Jupiter as we have never seen it before

This is a post from Skymania News - Space and astronomy news and advice plus night sky NASA’s Juno space probe has sent back remarkable new pictures of giant planet Jupiter, including a look down onto its stormy polar regions. The post...Show More Summary

Construction begins on the world's first super telescope

Scientists are a step closer to understanding the inner-workings of the universe following the laying of the first stone, and construction starting on the world's largest optical and infrared telescope.

Saturn’s moons could reassemble after a cosmic smash-up

Any surviving debris from a collision would forge a new patchwork moon – so that’s not how Saturn got its rings

Camera on NASA's Lunar Orbiter survived 2014 meteoroid hit

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Images from LRO show a brief violent movement of one of the Narrow Angle Cameras in October of 2014.

Camera on NASA's Lunar Orbiter survived 2014 meteoroid hit

On Oct. 13, 2014 something very strange happened to the camera aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), which normally produces beautifully clear images of the lunar surface, produced an image that was wild and jittery. Show More Summary

'Tiny clocks' crystallize understanding of meteorite crashes

(University of Western Ontario) Scientists from Western University and the University of Portsmouth are using new imaging techniques to measure the atomic nanostructure of ancient crystal fragments at meteorite impact sites. The end goal? To understand when impacts ended and life began.

'Tiny clocks' crystallize understanding of meteorite crashes

Almost two billion years ago, a 10-kilometre-wide chunk of space slammed down into rock near what is now the city of Sudbury. Now, scientists from Western University and the University of Portsmouth are marrying details of that meteorite impact with technology that measures surrounding crystal fragments as a way to date other ancient meteorite strikes.

The Planetary Society’s Canadian Initiative

It’s an exciting time for Canada in space. It’s also an exciting time for Canadian space advocacy, as The Planetary Society's Global Community Outreach Manager Kate Howells describes.

A 3-D look at the 2015 El Niño

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) El Niño is a recurring climate pattern characterized by warmer than usual ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific. Two back-to-back 3-D visualizations track the changes in ocean temperatures and...Show More Summary

SDO sees partial eclipse in space

On May 25, 2017, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, saw a partial solar eclipse in space when it caught the moon passing in front of the sun. The lunar transit lasted almost an hour, between 2:24 and 3:17 p.m. EDT, with the moon covering about 89 percent of the sun at the peak of its journey across the sun's face. Show More Summary

"What Lies Beneath is Breathtaking!" --NASA Peers Below Jupiter's Clouds and Sees a Whole New Complex, Gigantic and Turbulent World

The early science results from NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world, with Earth-sized polar cyclones, plunging storm systems that travel deep into the heart of the gas...        

Tornado spawning Eastern US storms examined by NASA's GPM satellite

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) On Wednesday May 24, 2017, severe weather affected a large area of the eastern United States. That's when the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite passed over the area and found extremely heavy rainfall and towering clouds in the system.

NASA's SDO sees partial eclipse in space

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) On May 25, 2017, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory saw a partial solar eclipse in space when it caught the moon passing in front of the sun. The lunar transit lasted almost an hour, with the moon covering about 89 percent of the sun at the peak of its journey across the sun's face.

Week In Images

Our week through the lens: 22-26 May 2017

Image: Sequence of Juno spacecraft's close approach to Jupiter

This sequence of enhanced-color images shows how quickly the viewing geometry changes for NASA's Juno spacecraft as it swoops by Jupiter. The images were obtained by JunoCam.

Australian satellite in orbit

The first Australian satellite in 15 years, UNSW-EC0, was successfully deployed from the International Space Station, and UNSW engineers are working to make contact when it next passes above Sydney.

New Horizons deploys global team for rare look at next flyby target

On New Year's Day 2019, more than 4 billion miles from home, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will race past a small Kuiper Belt object known as 2014 MU69 – making this rocky remnant of planetary formation the farthest object ever encountered by any spacecraft.

Russian wildfires

Earth observation image of the week: wildfires in the boreal forests of eastern Russia, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Astronomers Observe Birth of a Massive 'LIGO-Sized' Black Hole in Realtime --"First Ever Witnessed" (VIDEO)

Astronomers have watched as a massive, dying star was likely reborn as a black hole. It took the combined power of the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), and NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes to go looking for remnants of the...        

Engines of twingenuity: NASA's twin study investigators have a meeting of the minds

(NASA/Johnson Space Center) NASA's Twins Study investigators met in Houston this week to discuss findings from the final data collections.

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