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The Hubble Telescope Captures Image of Rare “Cosmic Butterfly”

Minkowski's butterfly - Hubble captures spectacular photo of a planetary nebula.

Hubble has recently captured a dazzling image of a “cosmic butterfly” – the planetary nebula (PN) M2-9. The star has not only ejected its outer layers, but exposed its inner core, which is now illuminating the layers in a spectacular and violent display.

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NASA’s Cassini Shuttle Takes Spectacular Photos of Saturn’s Moon Dione

This view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft looks toward Saturn’s icy moon Dione, with giant Saturn and its rings in the background, just prior to the mission’s final close approach to the moon on 17 August 2015. At lower right is the large, multi-ringed impact basin named Evander, which is about 220 miles (350 kilometres) wide. The canyons of Padua Chasma, features that form part of Dione’s bright, wispy terrain, reach into the darkness at left. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute.

The Cassini shuttle, that has been in Saturn’s orbit since 2004, took some spectacular images of the rather elusive moon, along with geophysical measurements. A crater-riddled, icy landscape covers Saturn’s moon Dione, but that doesn’t take away anything from its charm. Though it’s nowhere near as famous as some of Saturn’s other moons – especially Titan – Dione is still significant. It’s the

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Indian Mars Orbiter Reveals Stunning 3D Images of Martian Canyon

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A while ago, we were telling you about the Indian Orbiter Mission to Mars – the cheapest Mars mission ever. The probe made history as it entered Martian orbit, and is still sending high quality data back to Earth, as well as amazing pictures. Now these photographs focus on the Ophir Chasma, a giant canyon on Mars that’s 62 km (38.5

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Baby Jupiter Discovered in Another Solar System

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An exciting “infant Jupiter” rich in methane has been discovered using an Earth-bound telescope. The newly found planet might reveal how planets like Jupiter formed and developed during their early stages.

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Astronomers find huge lava lake on Jupiter’s moon Io

This global view of Io was obtained by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft on 19 September 1997 at a range of more than 500,000 km (310,000 miles). In this image, deposits of sulfur dioxide frost appear in white and grey hues while yellowish and brownish hues are probably due to other sulfurous materials. Bright red materials and ‘black’ spots with low brightness mark areas of recent volcanic activity and are usually associated with high temperatures and surface changes. Image credit: NASA / JPL / University of Arizona.

Scientists analyzing data from the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory in Arizona spotted a huge lava lake on Io, one of Jupiter’s largest moons. We’ve known for a while that Io is quite an amazing (and hellish) place; it’s the most geologically active place in the solar system, with extreme geologic activity occurring as a result of tidal friction. As both Jupiter and the

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NASA captures images of the dark side of the Moon – as it passes by Earth

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We call it the “dark side” of the Moon, but that’s a rather improper name – a better one would be the “far side”, because it’s not dark at all. As if to prove that point, NASA just released images of the moon that would be impossible to capture from Earth, highlighting the far side illuminated completely.

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Mysterious features observed on Saturn’s moon Tethys

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In its most recent flyby, NASA’s Cassini space probe discovered some strange red streaks on Tethys – one of Saturn’s 62 known moons. “Like graffiti sprayed by an unknown artist, unexplained arc-shaped, reddish streaks are visible on the surface of Saturn’s icy moon Tethys. As the Saturn system moved into its northern hemisphere summer over the past few years, northern latitudes

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Pluto is covered in ice and has an atmosphere, new pics reveal

Artistic representation of Pluto's ice. Image via Space Flight Insider.

New Horizons has sent over so much data that NASA will be analyzing and learning more about Pluto for over a year – such is the case now: these new images from New Horizons reveal flowing ice, impressive mountain ranges and a surprisingly thick atmosphere.

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Pluto through the years: GIF shows how our vision of the dwarf planet gradually improved

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OK, I know, you’ve already had your full of Pluto news, but seriously – this GIF is just spectacular. It shows just how far we’ve come, from not knowing about the planet, to seeing it just as a few white pixels, to incredibly clear images of Pluto’s surface, with even mountains being visible. Clyde Tombaugh first shot the planet at the Lowell

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New Horizons and Pluto: Everything You Wanted to Know

This is the best photo of Pluto we have. Thank you, NASA!

Speeding at 14 km per second, NASA’s New Horizons shuttle went past Pluto, hurdling towards the edge of the Solar System. But regardless of what happens, New Horizons’ flyby of the dwarf planet will remained firmly anchored in the history of space exploration. “We have completed the initial reconnaissance of the Solar System, an endeavour started under President Kennedy more than 50