Crater-pocked Ceres Looks Back At Earth

Thought you’d like to see the latest photo of the asteroid Ceres taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft from a distance of 52,000 miles (83,000 km). That’s only a fifth the distance to the moon. We’re really getting clear views now of just how cratered this place is. Bright spots pop out from about the center of…
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Sweet Valentine’s Day Closeups Of Rosetta’s Comet

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to fly over a comet in a jet airplane, soak in these photos. This past Saturday, the Rosetta spacecraft swung within 3.7 miles (6 km) of the surface of Comet 67P/C-G. Pictures for the mosaic image (above) were taken from an altitude of just 29,000 feet, nearly 10,000 feet lower…
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Tracking Down February’s Mystery Supermoon – Where Is It?

Here comes the supermoon! But wait, doesn’t that only happen around full moon? Well, not always. Every month the moon swings around Earth in its elliptical (oval) orbit. On one side of the ellipse, it’s closest to Earth and on the opposite side, farthest. When it’s at its closest point, called perigee, at the time…
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Watch Charon Make Pluto Wobble

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft continues to take pictures of Pluto to better refine the locations of dwarf planet and its largest moon Charon in preparation for the spacecraft’s close encounter with the small planet on July 14. You’ve probably heard Pluto’s a small object but until you see it next to the say the moon, it’s…
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A Triple-scoop Conjunction With A Cherry On Top!

Get ready. One week from tonight fate has arranged a celestial spectacle. That night (Feb. 20) a two-day-old crescent moon will “triple up” with the planets Venus and Mars after sundown. The entire bunch will fit within a circle 1.5° wide or just three times the diameter of the full moon. Like a glittering pendant…
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