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'Rosetta' Comet Mission Makes History
THE HUFFINGTON POST (November 12, 2014) ~ History is made with first landing of a craft on a comet. The European Space Agency received a signal from the Rosetta mission's Philae lander around 11 a.m. EST confirming that Philae has landed on the surface of the 67P comet. [Click for article]
APOD: 2012 February 26 - The Mysterious Rings of Supernova 1987A
Supernova 1987A. Twenty five years ago, in 1987, the brightest supernova in recent history was seen in the Large Magellanic Clouds. Surrounding the center are curious outer rings appearing as a flattened figure 8. Although large telescopes including the Hubble Space Telescope monitor the curious rings every few years, their origin remains a mystery.
Sun Unleashes Powerful X-Class Solar Flare (Video, Photos)
The sun fired off an X-class solar flare — the most powerful type — that peaked at 1:01 a.m. EDT Sunday. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captured photos and video of the intense sun storm, which researchers classified as an X1.1 flare.
This is What 43,000 Galaxies Look Like On a Map
43,000 Galaxies on a Map / the most complete map of our local universe to date. It took more that ten years to create, has 43,000 galaxies and extends out 380 million light years from the earth. The 3D coordinates of each galaxy was recorded so the raw data could potentially be used to build a realistic 3D model of the universe.
Amazing video shows the relative sizes of all the planets and stars
Star Size Comparisons Credit & Copyright: morn1415 (YouTube) How big is our Sun compared to other stars? In a dramatic and popular video featured on YouTube, the relative sizes of planets and stars are shown from smallest to largest. The above video starts with Earth's Moon and progresses through increasingly larger planets in our Solar System. Next, the Sun is shown along as compared to many of the brighter stars in our neighborhood of the Milky Way Galaxy.