This Binary Star Is A Super Hot Mess
November 1, 2015

160,000 light years away, the Tarantula Nebula houses many young, hot stars. But the weirdest is probably the “over-contact” binary named VFTS 352 whose two huge, hot surfaces are touching as they dance rapidly around. Whether as a gamma ray … Continue reading

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Is Shrinking
October 17, 2015

Capturing one full 10 hour planetary rotation with the Hubble Space Telescope shows changes in the gas giant’s atmosphere. Seeing such worlds transform over many years teaches us how dynamic planets work. They are also simply beautiful, natural works of … Continue reading

Sun Erupts With Gigantic Plume Of Fire

An emerging sunspot made its presence felt with a blast of towering superheated plasma on Oct. 16th, 2015. A nearby sunspot (AR2434) can also be seen flaring. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the solar fireworks display in multiple wavelengths.

Hubble Snaps Twin Jet Nebula’s ‘Spectacular Light Show’
September 5, 2015

The hot core of nebula PN M2-9 is ablaze with ultraviolet radiation illuminating is ‘butterfly wings.’ Gaseous shells race outward at over 1 million kilometers per hour (621,371 mph) from the larger of 2 stars at this planetary nebula’s heart.

Final Encounter: Cassini and Dione

The Cassini Spacecraft swooped in for the last of five close encounters with one of the most beautiful moons in our solar system: Dione. After more than a decade exploring the Saturn system, the Cassini-Huygens mission must be regarded as … Continue reading

Comet sinkholes generate jets
July 4, 2015

A number of the dust jets emerging from Rosetta’s comet can be traced back to active pits that were likely formed by a sudden collapse of the surface. These ‘sinkholes’ are providing a glimpse at the chaotic and diverse interior … Continue reading

Counting stars with Gaia

This image, based on housekeeping data from ESA’s Gaia satellite, is no ordinary depiction of the heavens. While the image portrays the outline of our Galaxy, the Milky Way, and of its neighbouring Magellanic Clouds, it was obtained in a … Continue reading