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Our Pale Blue Dot Imaged by Various Spacecrafts. Image Credits: From Quarks to Quasars, jaxa/nhk, Cassini, MESSENGER, NASA, Juno, JPL.

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Comet Ison ‘May Have Survived’ Brush With Sun

Astronomers tracking what they hoped would be the “comet of the century” say some of it may have survived its close encounter with the Sun.
It was first reported that the Comet Ison’s nucleus and tail had been destroyed by the Sun’s radiation and tidal forces but the European Space Agency (ESA) said the “story continues”.
The latest pictures appear to show a brightening of a chunk of the comet which has caused a surge in excitement among skygazers.
It is hard to know what has happened but experts say dust and gas are being released and the tail may be growing back.
If it is visible in the night sky, it is too soon to know how bright it will be or how long it will last.
Comet Ison, which had been hurtling through space at speeds of 845,000mph, was due to pass within 730,000 miles of the surface of the star last night.
It was expected to be met with temperatures of about 2,700C (4,892F) and an intense gravitational pull as it prepared for its solar slingshot.
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Current Mars MissionsMars is presently populated with two operational rovers namely Opportunity and Curiosity by NASA and three operational satellites namely Mars Odyssey and Mars Reconnaissance orbiter of NASA and Mars Express of ESA.Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution(MAVEN) launched by NASA this month is en route Mars while ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft is all set to leave Earth’s gravity tomorrow night and embark on its heliocentric journey towards Mars.

Milkyway over Maraehako Bay, New Zealand
Source: Ziphius (reddit)

MoonAge 9.9 by JooYoung Kim

Energia-Buran looking like a beast on pad 110.

The Sirens of Titan

Andromeda Galaxy

Northumbrian Nights. (by Jonathan Combe)


Hubble Legacy Archive images processed by Roberto Colombari

Image Source: HLA

In order of appearance: NGC1300, NGC4911, NGC4522, NGC3314, NGC4038

(Source: afro-dominicano, via itsfullofstars)


This Is How The Soyuz Reentry Rollercoaster Looks From The Inside
European Space Agency posted this amazing–20+ minutes long but worth watching–video about how astronauts return home from the ISS in the Soyuz space capsule, with never before seen inside footage.

The Seagull Nebula

ESA’s Vega rocket takes off in the pouring rain

M2-9: "Minkowski’s Butterfly" processing by Judy Schmidt
Minkowski 2-9, abbreviated M2-9 is a planetary nebula that was discovered by Rudolph Minkowski in 1947. It is located about 2,100 light-years away from Earth in the direction of the constellation Ophiuchus.

Dream Souls. Photo By David Hanjani