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The Shape Of Things To Come!!

Hi gang,

Astronomers at the VLT in Chile have had a glimpse of the far future of the Solar System. For the very first time they have seen the shattered remains around a white dwarf, named SDSS J1228+1040, which most astronomers believe will be the fate of our Sun in some four and a half billion years. Take a look at the news release here http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1544/?lang

John.
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Enceladus looking good!

Hi Gang,

Take a look at this amazing image of Enceladus. This is taken by CASSINI (what else!!) as it approaches it's closest flyby of the Moon on it's way to get a direct sampling of the cryo-volcanic plumes. I can't wait for the science info from this flyby! Take a look at this image here http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2015/11/Sampling_the_ocean_on_Enceladus

John
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WOW again

Hi gang,

Here is another WOW image from good old Hubble. It shows the starburst galaxy M94 in exquisite detail. Just take a look for yourself here http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/goddard/a-hubble-view-of-starburst-galaxy-messier-94

John
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Mars here we come!

Hi gang,

A landing site has finally been chosen for the EXOMARS mission due to launch in June of in 2018 and a landing in January 2019. The rover, a joint mission between the ESA and Russia, will be searching for the possibility of Martian life. Take a look at the science briefing here http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Landing_site_recommended_for_ExoMars_2018

John
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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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