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Amazing Coronal Hole

Hi Gang,

This, for me, was one of those jaw dropping images that astronomers capture now and then. It shows a large coronal hole on the surface of the Sun. This is where magnetic field lines are open to space. Take a look at the image here http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/goddard/coronal-hole-front-and-center and if you have time take a look at the other solar images accessible from the webpage

John
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One to get your head around

Hi Gang,

Here's one to tax the grey cells. According to a new study, planets that are Earthlike are not yet like to exist. If this new theory proves valid then planets like our blue marble (a nickname given when the first full Earth image was taken from space) will not exist in plentiful amounts for another six billion years! Take a look at the announcement here http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/most-earth-like-worlds-have-yet-to-be-born-according-to-theoretical-study

John
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Up close and personal!!

Hi gang,

If you ever wondered what it is like to get up close and personal with another planet, well this video from ESA may just be what you are looking for! Take a look at this mesmerising view of Jupiter and it's Great Red Spot and also it's cloud patterns. It is well worth viewing the video on full screen to get the full effect of the beauty of this enormous planet. Take a ...
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Hot Stuff!!

Hi Gang,

Ever wondered how satellites that are Solar orbiters manage to endure the heat. Well just take a look at this page by the ESA science team to show that it takes a great deal of trial and error before they get it just right. It is fascinating reading and well worth a ten minute trip to the webpage. Take a look at the story here http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Engineering_Technology/Heated_testing_for_Solar_Orbiter_antenna_coating

John.
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New Moon!!

Hi Gang,

NASA'S LRO has discovered that the Earth is reshaping the surface of the Moon by gently massaging the surface and creating new cliffs and fault lines. This is an amazing discovery, the science of which can be read here http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/goddard/shrinking-moon-tides

John
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Congratulations SOHO!

Hi Gang,

The SOHO probe has discovered it's 3000th comet! Known officially as a Sungrazer comet, these are short lived comets that get too close to the Sun's gravitational pull to survive. Take a look at the announcement here http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2015/09/SOHO_s_3000th_comet

John.
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At Last It's Official (ish!)

Hi Gang,

It looks like it's finally been classed as official. The Moon Enceladus has officially a moon wide subsurface ocean. This is according to data collected by CASSINI. To read the full news brief and see the science, go here http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/cassini-finds-global-ocean-in-saturns-moon-enceladus

John.
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A Fire in Space?

Hi Gang,

Is it just me or does this image http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2015/08/Feathery_filaments_in_Mon_R2 Of the nebula Mon R2 look like some kind of wild fire in space? The nebula is 2700 light years away and is studded with hot new stars as shown in this image from the Herscel observatory.

John
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It is just like being there!!

Hi gang,

I was going to post another WOW comment but too many kinda spoils the effect I think!! This does however qualify for one of those images. It is a Hubble image of the galaxy M96. The superb detail of the arms and the dust lanes just show up so superbly in this image. Take a look for yourself here http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/goddard/hubble-peers-into-the-heart-of-a-galactic-maelstrom

John
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WOW again!

Hi Gang,

Sorry to be repetitive gang but this is another WOW image and I'm sure you will agree. It shows a butterfly like appearance from this planetary nebula that is formed by a binary star system !!! This rare nebula is called The Twin Jet nebula or more scientifically PN M2-9. It may just be my opinion and I make no apologies for this but just look at the lobes and see the amazing ...
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