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NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of a solar flare – as seen in the bright flash towards the middle of the Sun – on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. The image shows a subset of extreme ultraviolet light that highlights the extremely hot material in flares and which is colorized in teal.

The sun is even more active than expected right now

The sun is even more active than expected right now

The sun goes through a regular 11-year cycle of activity. But so far in this cycle, the sun is even more active than predicted.
This eight-image mosaic was acquired by Pathfinder July 5, 1997, the second Martian day, or sol, of the mission. The newly deployed Sojourner rover – the first of its kind on the Red Planet – sits on the Martian surface after driving down Pathfinder’s ramp.

It’s been 25 years since the first NASA rover landed on Mars

It’s been 25 years since the first NASA rover landed on Mars

This month saw a very special martian aniversary, as NASA celebrated 25 years since the Pathfinder mission touched down on Mars.
The potential supernova spotted by the James Webb Space Telescope.

James Webb Space Telescope may have spotted its first supernova

James Webb Space Telescope may have spotted its first supernova

The James Webb firsts keep coming, with the new space telescope having recently spotted its first supernova.
NASA's Mars Sample Return mission.

NASA makes dramatic change to Mars Sample Return mission

NASA makes dramatic change to Mars Sample Return mission

NASA has announced a dramatic change to its Mars Sample Return mission, which will attempt to transport samples of martian rock all the way to Earth.
International Space Station

Space station looks set to become a bit less international

Space station looks set to become a bit less international

Russia will stop sending cosmonauts to the International Space Station (ISS) as early as 2025, the country’s new space chief confirmed this week.
The James Webb Space Telescope Forever stamp.

James Webb Space Telescope stamp release date revealed

James Webb Space Telescope stamp release date revealed

The United States Postal Service has revealed the launch date for pre-orders of the James Webb Space Telescope Forever stamp.
This intriguing observation from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a gravitationally lensed galaxy with the long-winded identification SGAS J143845+145407. Gravitational lensing has resulted in a mirror image of the galaxy near the center of this image, creating a captivating centerpiece. A third distorted image of the galaxy appears as a bridge between them.

Hubble shows a galaxy’s mirror image due to phenomenon of gravitational lensing

Hubble shows a galaxy’s mirror image due to phenomenon of gravitational lensing

The Hubble Space Telescope is a constant source of pictures of the wonders of space, and this week's image shows a phenomenon called gravitational lensing.
A Chinese Long March-5B rocket launches from Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in Hainan province, carrying the space station module Wentian on July 24, 2022.

China launches second module of its new space station

China launches second module of its new space station

China has launched another module to its space station in progress, Tiangong.
One of the first tests of ESA’s EarthCARE satellite involved the deployment of the satellite’s 11 metre solar wing from its folded stowed configuration, which allows it to fit in the rocket fairing, to its fully deployed configuration as it will be in orbit around Earth. The photograph shows the wing fully deployed.

See the enormous solar panels of this Earth-monitoring satellite unfurled

See the enormous solar panels of this Earth-monitoring satellite unfurled

ESA and JAXA are preparing to launch a new Earth-monitoring satellite called EarthCARE, and it recently flexed its huge solar wing for the first time.
First images of the sun captured by GOES-18's SUVI Instrument on July 10, 2022, showing a coronal mass ejection at different wavelengths.

The sun’s activity is ramping up with more solar flares expected

The sun’s activity is ramping up with more solar flares expected

The sun has been particularly active recently, and this weekend the Earth could experience effects of a solar storm.
The nearby spiral galaxy M74 (NGC 628) observed by JWST on July 17, 2022. The color image is a composite of three monochromatic images from the MIRI instrument at wavelengths 7.7, 10, and 11 µm. The striking purple filamentary structures are emission from interstellar dust and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) molecules.

Amazing James Webb image looks like a wormhole to another dimension

Amazing James Webb image looks like a wormhole to another dimension

Enterprising astronomers are already digging through James Webb data to perform their own analyses, and have created some amazing visuals.
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How to watch SpaceX’s next Starlink launch tomorrow

How to watch SpaceX’s next Starlink launch tomorrow

SpaceX is having a busy few days -- having just beat its record for number of launches per year, the company is performing yet another launch tomorrow.
Artist rendering of Jupiter with rings that rival Saturn's.

Why doesn’t Jupiter have big, beautiful rings like Saturn does?

Why doesn’t Jupiter have big, beautiful rings like Saturn does?

Jupiter does have rings, but they are so faint they are often invisible. Now researchers have a theory about why.
This image from ESA’s Mars Express shows Ius and Tithonium Chasmata, which form part of Mars’ Valles Marineris canyon structure. This image comprises data gathered by Mars Express’ High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on 21 April 2022.

Mars Express orbiter snaps an image of Mars’s ‘Grand Canyon’

Mars Express orbiter snaps an image of Mars’s ‘Grand Canyon’

The sights of Mars are many and marvelous, and the Mars Express orbiter recently captured one of the planet's wonders: the Valles Marineris canyon system.
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SpaceX breaks its record for number of launches per year

SpaceX breaks its record for number of launches per year

SpaceX hit an impressive milestone with its 32nd mission of 2022, which broke its record for launches achieved in one calendar year.
The James Webb Space Telescope.

James Webb might have spotted the most distant galaxy ever observed

James Webb might have spotted the most distant galaxy ever observed

The James Webb Space Telescope has another feather in its cap - the potential discovery of the most distant galaxy ever observed.
This landscape of “mountains” and “valleys” speckled with glittering stars is actually the edge of a nearby, young, star-forming region called NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula. Captured in infrared light by NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope, this image reveals for the first time previously invisible areas of star birth.

Here’s what the James Webb Space Telescope will set its sights on next

Here’s what the James Webb Space Telescope will set its sights on next

Now that the James Webb Space Telescope has sent back its first images of deep space, you might be wondering what's coming next. Here's the scoop!
A string-like object discovered by NASA's Mars rover.

What’s your string theory for Mars rover’s latest find?

What’s your string theory for Mars rover’s latest find?

NASA's Mars rover, Perseverance, has discovered another mysterious object while exploring the red planet earlier this month.
The Southern Ring Nebula.

Zip through space to the stunning Southern Ring Nebula

Zip through space to the stunning Southern Ring Nebula

The James Webb Space Telescope team has posted a cool video that zips through space all the way to the stunning Southern Ring Nebula.
NASA's next-generation SLS rocket.

Watch NASA’s cinematic trailer for its upcoming moon mission

Watch NASA’s cinematic trailer for its upcoming moon mission

In the same week that NASA announced a timetable for the maiden launch of its mega moon rocket, the agency has dropped a cinematic trailer for the mission.
A concept image of the Artemis 1 Orion capsule.

NASA eyes three dates for mega moon rocket’s maiden launch

NASA eyes three dates for mega moon rocket’s maiden launch

NASA has taken a major step toward the highly anticipated maiden launch of its mega moon rocket, naming three potential launch dates.
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy during liftoff.

SpaceX’s powerful Falcon Heavy rocket has another date with space

SpaceX’s powerful Falcon Heavy rocket has another date with space

SpaceX’s powerful Falcon Heavy rocket has scored another date with space after NASA selected the vehicle to launch the Roman telescope.
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NASA delays its VIPER moon mission

NASA delays its VIPER moon mission

NASA says it's delaying the VIPER mission that will see a rover explore the lunar surface for resources such as water that could aid crewed space missions.
The globular cluster Terzan 2 in the constellation Scorpio is featured in this observation from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Globular clusters are stable, tightly gravitationally bound clusters of tens of thousands to millions of stars found in a wide variety of galaxies. The intense gravitational attraction between the closely packed stars gives globular clusters a regular, spherical shape. As this image of Terzan 2 illustrates, the hearts of globular clusters are crowded with a multitude of glittering stars.

Hubble captures a glittering, glorious globular cluster

Hubble captures a glittering, glorious globular cluster

The Hubble image this week shows a globular cluster called Terzan 2, with a blanket of sparkling stars visible by the thousand over the blackness of the sky.
This simulation of a supermassive black hole shows how it distorts the starry background and captures light, producing a black hole silhouettes.

Astronomers want your help to spot hidden black holes

Astronomers want your help to spot hidden black holes

A citizen science project is inviting members of the public to help search for hidden black holes.
A powerful X-ray burst erupts from a magnetar - a supermagnetized version of a stellar remnant known as a neutron star - in this illustration.

Astronomers detect weird ‘heartbeat’ pulse of radio waves

Astronomers detect weird ‘heartbeat’ pulse of radio waves

Astronomers have discovered a weird periodic fast radio burst coming from billions of light-years away.
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How to watch SpaceX Starlink launch with booster on 13th mission

How to watch SpaceX Starlink launch with booster on 13th mission

In a few hours, SpaceX will launch a further batch of Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit using one of its Falcon 9 rockets. Here's how to watch.
An artist's impression of Swarm, ESA's first Earth observation constellation of satellites.

ESA satellite in a race against time to dodge space junk

ESA satellite in a race against time to dodge space junk

The accumulation of junk which is damaging to the environment isn't only a problem here on Earth: it's also a problem in space.
Dust from northwest Africa blows over the Canary Islands in this image captured by the NOAA-20 satellite on Jan. 14. An upcoming NASA mission, the Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT), will help scientists better understand the role of airborne dust in heating and cooling the atmosphere.

New dust-mapping instrument arrives at International Space Station

New dust-mapping instrument arrives at International Space Station

Delivered to the International Space Station today was a new instrument designed to track how small particles of dust can have a big impact on Earth's climate.
The SpaceX Dragon resupply ship approaches the space station during an orbital sunrise above the Pacific Ocean.

SpaceX Dragon docks with ISS carrying research and fresh vegetables

SpaceX Dragon docks with ISS carrying research and fresh vegetables

An uncrewed SpaceX Dragon cargo ship has arrived at the International Space Station, carrying a variety of scientific experiments and supplies for the crew.
Vega-C launches on its inaugural mission VV21 on 13 July 2022.

Watch highlights of the first launch of new European rocket

Watch highlights of the first launch of new European rocket

The European Space Agency launched a new rocket for the first time this week, with the inaugural mission of the Vega-C.
Jupiter, center, and its moon Europa, left, are seen through the James Webb Space Telescope’s NIRCam instrument 2.12 micron filter.

James Webb captures Jupiter’s moons and rings in infrared

James Webb captures Jupiter’s moons and rings in infrared

The James Webb Space Telescope made headlines with its ability to look deep into the universe, but it will also be used to look at some targets closer to home.
SpaceX's Cargo Dragon approaching the space station.

How to watch a spaceship dock with the ISS on Saturday

How to watch a spaceship dock with the ISS on Saturday

Another SpaceX Cargo Dragon spacecraft is about to dock with the International Space Station. Here's how to watch and what to expect.
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NASA’s Mars Ingenuity has been temporarily grounded

NASA’s Mars Ingenuity has been temporarily grounded

Dust storms on Mars have prompted NASA to park its Ingenuity helicopter for a few weeks until better conditions prevail.
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