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A galactic collision of two galaxies which began more than 300 million years ago, NGC 520 is actually made up of two disk galaxies which will eventually merge together to form one larger, more massive system. NGC 520 was discovered by William Herschel in 1784 and is one of the largest and brightest galaxies in the Siena Galaxy Atlas.

The Siena Galaxy Atlas now catalogs 400,000 nearby galaxies

A publicly available digital atlas of nearby galaxies was recently updated and now includes almost 400,000 galaxies located within our cosmic neighborhood.
This image of Jupiter from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope’s NIRCam (Near-Infrared Camera) shows stunning details of the majestic planet in infrared light. In this image, brightness indicates high altitude. The numerous bright white "spots" and "streaks" are likely very high-altitude cloud tops of condensed convective storms. Auroras, appearing in red in this image, extend to higher altitudes above both the northern and southern poles of the planet. By contrast, dark ribbons north of the equatorial region have little cloud cover. In Webb’s images of Jupiter from July 2022, researchers recently discovered a narrow jet stream traveling 320 miles per hour (515 kilometers per hour) sitting over Jupiter’s equator above the main cloud decks.

Researchers discover a 320-mph jet stream around Jupiter’s equator

Researchers have used data from the James Webb Space Telescope to uncover a new feature of Jupiter's dramatic and turbulent atmosphere.
An artist's concept of the Lucy Mission.

NASA’s Lucy spacecraft will soon make its first flyby of an asteroid

The Lucy spacecraft is on its way to the orbit of Jupiter to study the Trojan asteroids there. But first it will make a flyby of an asteroid called Dinkinesh.
Two NASA personnel carry a container holding the sample gathered from the Bennu asteroid.

NASA mission collected at least 70 grams of material from asteroid Bennu

NASA has collected at least 70 grams of material from asteroid Bennu in its first asteroid sample return mission, OSIRIS-REx.
Orionid meteors appear every year when Earth travels through an area of space littered with debris from Halley’s Comet.

How to watch the Orionid meteor shower tonight, in person or online

The Orionid meteor shower will peak tonight, Saturday October 21. Here's how to watch.
Four RS-25 engines attached to the core stage of NASA's SLS moon rocket.

NASA photo shows off engines that will power next crewed lunar mission

In ongoing preparations for the first crewed lunar mission in five decades, NASA has attached four engines to the core stage of its powerful SLS rocket.
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter made a record-breaking 25th flight on April 8, 2022.

NASA’s Mars drone just set another flight record

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter has surpassed all expectations during its time on Mars and just recently it set a new flight record.
The annular solar eclipse in October 2023 viewed by the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera on board the Deep Space Climate Observatory.

Stunning image shows annular solar eclipse from a million miles away

NASA has shared a remarkable image of Saturday's annular solar eclipse, captured by a satellite a million miles from Earth.
The International Space Station.

Space station leak prompts NASA to rework spacewalk schedule

An external coolant leak at the ISS prompted NASA to change the date of an upcoming spacewalk, and postpone another until later this year.
NASA astronaut Frank Rubio aboard the ISS.

Record-breaking NASA astronaut reveals what he’ll miss most about ISS life

Record-breaking NASA astronaut Frank Rubio recently revealed what he’ll miss most about life in orbit after spending 371 days aboard the space station.
A Falcon 9 rocket heads to space in October 2023.

Watch SpaceX’s most recent Starlink mission in just 60 seconds

Check out this spectacular footage of SpaceX's latest Falcon 9 mission, featuring the launch, satellite deployment, and landing of the first-stage booster.
The annular solar eclipse in October 2023.

Watch NASA video showing Saturday’s stunning ‘ring of fire’ eclipse

Huge crowds gathered across parts of the Americas on Saturday to witness the stunning phenomenon of an annular solar eclipse.
A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket with the Psyche spacecraft onboard is launched from Launch Complex 39A, Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA’s Psyche mission launches to explore a metal asteroid

NASA has successfully launched its Psyche spacecraft on a mission to visit a metal asteroid.
ESA's star-surveying Gaia mission has released a treasure trove of new data as part of its ‘focused product release’. As part of this data release Gaia explored Omega Centauri, the largest globular cluster that can be seen from Earth and a great example of a ‘typical’ cluster.

Gaia discovers half a million new stars in the epic Omega Centauri cluster

This week saw the release of a treasure trove of data from ESA's Gaia mission, a space-based observatory that is mapping out the Milky Way in three dimensions.
The flight transceiver for NASA’s Deep Space Optical Communications technology demonstration can be identified by its large tube-like sunshade on the Psyche spacecraft, seen here inside a clean room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.

Meet the new NASA communications system that’s hitching a ride in today’s Psyche launch

The launch of NASA's Psyche mission to visit a metal asteroid will include an extra bonus, as the spacecraft will carry a test of a new communications system.
A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket with the Psyche spacecraft onboard is seen at sunset at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023. Psyche is targeted to launch from the Florida spaceport at 10:19 a.m. EDT Friday, Oct. 13.

Weather conditions are looking good for today’s Psyche launch

After postponing from its original launch date due to bad weather, the conditions are now looking favorable for NASA to launch its Psyche mission today.
Boeing's Starliner spacecraft at the space station during an uncrewed test flight.

NASA reveals a new target date for first crewed Starliner flight

After a string of delays impacting Boeing's Starliner spacecraft, NASA has revealed a new target date for the capsule's first crewed launch.
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Mars flyover video shows a stunning network of valleys

Check out this gorgeous video visualizing part of Mars’ Noctis Labyrinthus, a vast system of deep valleys that stretches for around 740 miles.
The space station and Earth.

Thursday’s spacewalk at the ISS has just been postponed

NASA has called off Thursday’s spacewalk at the ISS while officials continue to investigate the cause of a coolant leak involving Russia’s Nauka module.
The Falcon Heavy rocket carrying the Psyche spacecraft.

NASA calls off Thursday’s launch of Psyche asteroid mission

Thursday's launch of NASA's asteroid-bound Psyche mission has been called off due to poor weather conditions at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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NASA’s asteroid-bound Psyche mission faces possible delay

NASA is planning to launch its Psyche spacecraft this week for a rendezvous with an asteroid, but at the current time it looks like the lift-off may be delayed.
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How to watch the annular solar eclipse this week, in person or online

This week, skywatchers across the U.S. will have the chance to see an annular solar eclipse, also known as a ring of fire eclipse. Here's how to watch.
This new infrared image of NGC 346 from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope’s Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) traces emission from cool gas and dust. In this image blue represents silicates and sooty chemical molecules known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs. More diffuse red emission shines from warm dust heated by the brightest and most massive stars in the heart of the region. Bright patches and filaments mark areas with abundant numbers of protostars. This image includes 7.7-micron light shown in blue, 10 microns in cyan, 11.3 microns in green, 15 microns in yellow, and 21 microns in red (770W, 1000W, 1130W, 1500W, and 2100W filters, respectively).

James Webb captures a gorgeous stellar nursery in nearby dwarf galaxy

A gorgeous new image from the James Webb Space Telescope shows a stunning sight from one of our galactic neighbors.
The Soyuz MS-18 crew ship is pictured docked to the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module.

Space station crew investigating yet another coolant leak

Astronauts and mission control are investigating what appears to be the third coolant leak at the International Space Station in less than a year.
Two NASA personnel carry a container holding the sample gathered from the Bennu asteroid.

How to watch NASA reveal the Bennu asteroid sample

NASA recently succeeded at bringing to Earth a sample collected from a distant asteroid, and this week it will show off the material for the first time.
(June 9, 2023) — NASA astronaut and Expedition 68 Flight Engineer Woody Hoburg rides the Canadarm2 robotic arm while maneuvering a roll-out solar array toward the International Space Station’s truss structure 257 miles above the Pacific Ocean. In the rear, is the SpaceX Dragon crew vehicle that docked to the Harmony module’s forward port on March 3 carrying four SpaceX Crew-6 crew members.

How to watch two astronauts spacewalk to check the ISS for microbes

Two astronauts will perform a spacewalk from the International Space Station, collecting samples from the station's exterior to use in scientific research.
An artist’s concept of one of the brightest explosions ever seen in space.

Hubble observes mysterious bright explosion in the middle of nowhere

The Hubble Space Telescope recently observed something strange: an extremely bright, extremely fast flash of light that popped up in the middle of nowhere.
This artist's-concept illustration depicts the spacecraft of NASA's Psyche mission near the mission's target, the metal asteroid Psyche.

How to watch NASA’s Psyche mission launch to a metal asteroid this week

NASA will launch its latest mission, Psyche, this week. The spacecraft will visit a strange asteroid which is thought to be made almost entirely of metal.
Artist's impression of the Euclid mission in space.

Euclid’s navigation problems have been fixed with new software upload

A software fix has been uploaded to the Euclid space telescope, and its navigation system is now working as intended.
A short-wavelength NIRCam mosaic of the inner Orion Nebula and Trapezium Cluster.

Zoom into an incredibly detailed James Webb image of the Orion nebula

A new image from the James Webb Space Telescope shows the majesty of the gorgeous Orion nebula in tremendous detail.
New Swatch designs featuring images captured by the James Webb Space Telescope.

Swatch lets you put a stunning Webb space image on a watch face

Swatch has partnered with the European Space Agency to let you custom design a watch face with a beautiful image captured by the James Webb Space Telescope.
An illustration showing astronauts on the moon.

It’s one giant leap for fashion as Prada spacesuits head to the moon

Prada has partnered with Axiom Space to design the spacesuits for the Artemis III mission to the lunar surface. But it's not all about looking good.
An illustration showing Earth-orbiting space junk.

U.S. issues its first-ever fine for space debris

The Federal Communications Commission has ordered Dish Network to pay a fine for failing to maneuver its defunct satellite to a safe orbit.
The symmetrical, onion-like layers of shell galaxy NGC 3923 are showcased in this galaxy-rich image taken by the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Dark Energy Camera mounted on the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Víctor M. Blanco 4-meter Telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, a Program of NSF’s NOIRLab. A nearby, massive galaxy cluster is also captured exhibiting the phenomenon known as gravitational lensing.

A galaxy with layers like an onion shines in Dark Energy Camera image

A new image taken by the Dark Energy Camera shows a galactic onion, a shell galaxy with multiple layers that are spread out over 150,000 light-years.