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Earth from the ISS: time lapse video

Watch this amazing time-lapse video of Earth shot from the low-Earth orbit of the International Space Station. Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS from Michael König on Vimeo.

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Crazy storm on Saturn!

NASA’s Cassini probe is currently orbiting Saturn and taking close-up pictures. You can clearly see Saturn’s rings and stripes. About a year ago, on December 5th 2010, a tiny storm was noticed. By January, it had encircled the entire planet. … Continue reading

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A planet is born!

With new telescope technology, we are discovering more and more planets in other star systems. It’s hard to find inner planets because they are so close to their stars that they are blocked by their star’s powerful light. But by … Continue reading

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Was human life on Earth almost destroyed by a comet 130 years ago?

Mexican astronomer José Bonilla noticed hundreds of fuzzy objects passing in front of the sun in August 1883. At the time, Bonilla had no idea what he was looking at. All he knew was that over a period of about … Continue reading

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Jupiter's missing belt

The major dark band in Jupiter’s southern hemisphere has disappeared! Amateur astronomers noticed that it was fading a few months ago, but since then Jupiter has been behind the Sun, invisible from Earth. When it reemerged, the band was almost … Continue reading

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Space Shuttle Atlantis's final mission

The picture above is an amazing photo showing the space shuttle Atlantis about to dock with the International Space Station on its final mission. They passed in front of the sun for a half-second and a photographer in Spain was … Continue reading

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Guest post: Brennan

Brennan writes: Hi, I found an amazing video of a a solar eruption in the sun. I saw it on CNN. Apparently NASA had taken the video. I thought it might be a cool video to post on the blog. … Continue reading

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An unusual view of the International Space Station

NASA released this picture of the moon–that little white dot in the dark side of the moon is the International Space Station. Pretty cool! Speaking of the space station, it’s been getting some new equipment lately. On February 8th, NASA’s … Continue reading

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Closeup photos of Mars's moon

The European Space Agency’s unmanned spacecraft “Mars Express,” which is in orbit around Mars, has taken the sharpest pictures of Mars’s moon Phobos ever, in preparation for a proposed Russian mission to land a probe there. Based on the photos … Continue reading

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