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Mount Kilimanjaro

Hi Gang,

What has Africa's highest mountain have to do with space, nothing! I just thought that you might enjoy this image of it from space released by ESA. Just a nice image to look at, hope you agree. http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2015/10/Kilimanjaro_imaged_by_Proba-V

John.
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Get ready to duck!!

Hi Gang,

Astronomers over at the Very Large Telescope or VLT have discovered an amazing binary star system. The two stars are so close together that they actually touch! This is going to lead to a couple of possible astronomical delights. Supernova or black hole are just two of the possibilities for this system out in the Tarantula Nebula. Take a look at the news release here http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1540/?lang

John
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Another CASSINI classic

Hi Gnag,

Here is another classic image from CASSINI out there at Saturn. It shows two moons, Mimas and Pandora, floating majestically about the planets rings. Take a look at the image and details here http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/jpl/pia18339/cassini/worlds-apart

John
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Jupiter reigns supreme!

Hi gang,

I enjoy watching a lot of the videos released by NASA but this one is visually stunning. It is released by The Goddard Space Flight Center and it shows Jupiter in stunningly beautiful detail. The video only lasts just over a minute, so if you have a spare minute I suggest you watch this amazing video here http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/goddard/hubble-s-planetary-portrait-captures-new-changes-in-jupiter-s-great-red-spot

John
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Holes in space!

Hi Gang,

Well not really. This is what it looks like in this new image released from ESO. It shows the area known as the Coalsack in the constellation of Crux in the deep south. As this can never be seen from the UK I suggest you take a look at it here http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1539/?lang

John
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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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