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NASA’s skywatching tips for August include a famous meteor shower

August is a great month for skywatching, with a meteor shower and a blue moon among some of the treats in store for those who look up.
An artist's concept of the Voyager 2 spacecraft

NASA hears Voyager ‘heartbeat’ as it tries to reconnect with spacecraft

NASA has received a signal from Voyager 2 after accidentally losing contact with it, paving the way for an attempt to restore full communications.
An artist's concept of the Voyager 2 spacecraft

NASA accidentally loses contact with legendary Voyager 2 spacecraft

NASA has lost contact with the legendary Voyager 2 spacecraft after “inadvertently” sending it a command that caused its antenna to point away from Earth.
SpaceX testing its water deluge system for Starship launches.

Watch SpaceX test new water deluge system for Starship launches

SpaceX has released dramatic footage showing the testing of a new water deluge system designed to limit the damage caused by its Starship rocket at launch.
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Watch the highlights of SpaceX’s triple-booster Falcon Heavy launch

Check out the highlights from SpaceX's recent launch of the mighty Falcon Heavy, including the landing of the rocket's two side boosters.
The spiral galaxy NGC 1532, also known as Haley’s Coronet, is caught in a lopsided tug of war with its smaller neighbor, the dwarf galaxy NGC 1531. The 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 — captures the mutual gravitational influences of a massive- and dwarf-galaxy merger.

Spiral galaxy caught in the act as it’s about to eat its dwarf galaxy neighbor

An image from the Dark Energy Camera shows an act of galactic cannibalism, with a spiral galaxy devouring a nearby dwarf galaxy that wandered into its path.
This artist's illustration shows a planet (dark silhouette) passing in front of the red dwarf star AU Microscopii.

Hubble watches an extreme exoplanet being stripped by its star

A Neptune-sized planet orbits close enough to its star that it is bombarded by dramatic flares which cook the planet with radiation and strip its atmosphere.
A high-resolution image of a tightly bound pair of actively forming stars, known as Herbig-Haro 46/47, in near-infrared light.

James Webb captures vast structure created by newborn stars

Newborn stars are often active and glow brightly, but on rare occasions they create something epic: a vast two-lobed structure called a Herbig-Haro object.
The tranquil spiral galaxy UGC 12295.

Hubble observes a galaxy that hosted an epic supernova explosion

This week's image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows a stunning view of a spiral galaxy called UGC 12295, located nearly 200 million light-years away.
The ESA' Euclid telescope has a mission to map the dark matter in the universe.

Euclid dark matter telescope arrives at its destination orbit

The Euclid space telescope has arrived at its orbit around the sun, where it joins the James Webb Space Telescope and the Gaia space telescope.
An artist's concept portraying the star PDS 70 and its inner protoplanetary disk.

Webb spots water vapor in a planet-forming disk

Astronomers have discovered water vapor in the planet-forming region of a star, which could help shed light on where Earth's water came from.
NASA's SLS rocket launching at the start of the Artemis I mission.

Watch NASA’s cinematic trailer for its upcoming streaming service

NASA has released a trailer for its upcoming NASA+ streaming service, a free offering that's part of a major effort to revamp its online presence.
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket heads to space on Tuesday, November 1, 2022.

How to watch SpaceX launch largest ever commercial comms satellite on Friday

Here's how to watch the spectacular night launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, which will also involve the landing of two of its two side boosters.
The ESA' Euclid telescope has a mission to map the dark matter in the universe.

We can’t see dark matter, but there is an ingenious way to map it

Dark matter isn’t visible to the human eye, or even telescopes, but there is an ingenious way to map its presence across the universe.
The Perseverance Mars rover took this selfie on Sept. 10, 2021 — sol 198 of the mission – in Jezero Crater after coring into a rock called ‘Rochette.’ Rock core samples from the floor of the crater will be brought back to Earth and analyzed to characterize the planet’s geology and past climate.

NASA’s Mars rover marvels at ‘big chunky weirdo’

NASA’s Perseverance rover has been exploring Mars since landing there in 2021, and this week it discovered what it described as a big chunky weirdo.
A satellite image showing a wildfire on the Greek island of Rhodes.

Astonishing satellite images show impact of Greece wildfires

Dramatic imagery captured from space highlights the impact of the wildfires currently affecting several islands in Greece.
A Super Heavy booster on the launchpad at SpaceX's site in Texas.

SpaceX shares stunning night shot of Super Heavy on launchpad

SpaceX has shared a stunning shot of its next-generation Super Heavy booster on the launchpad ahead of the vehicle's second test flight.
Amazon's new Project Kuiper facility in Florida.

Amazon to build $120M facility at Kennedy for internet-from-space project

As part of plans to launch a Starlink-like space internet service, Amazon has announced a $120M investment in a satellite facility at the Kennedy Space Center.
The bright star BD+17 2217. Arp 263 – also known as NGC 3239 in the foreground and irregular galaxy Arp 263 in the background.

Hubble image shows a lonely star glowing over an irregular background galaxy

This Hubble image is composed of two different exposures which have been merged together, showing star BD+17 2217 shining over the background galaxy Arp 263.
Artist’s rendition of Janus, the blue-tinted dead cinder of a star that is composed primarily of hydrogen on one side and helium on the other (the hydrogen side appears brighter).

Weird white dwarf is hydrogen on one side and helium on the other

Recently astronomers discovered a very unusual example of a white dwarf: one that seems to have one side composed of hydrogen and the other side of helium.
A NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of the asteroid Dimorphos taken on 19 December 2022.

Hubble observes a cluster of boulders around impacted asteroid Dimorphos

Last year, NASA deliberately crashed a spacecraft into an asteroid. Now, Hubble has observed that a number of boulders have been ejected from the asteroid.
An illustration of ESA's Aeolus satellite.

Defunct satellite to get first-ever assist for safe reentry

The European Space Agency is about to perform the first-ever assisted reentry of a defunct satellite in an effort to ensure safety on the ground.
This image highlights the location of the galaxy JADES-GS-z6 in a portion of an area of the sky known as GOODS-South, which was observed as part of the JWST Advanced Deep Extragalactic Survey, or JADES.

James Webb spots ancient dust that could be from the earliest supernovas

Researchers used the James Webb Space Telescope to identify grains of dust from the early universe, which could have been produced by the earliest supernovas.
The young planetary system PDS 70, located nearly 400 light-years away from Earth.

Astronomers spot first evidence of two planets sharing the same orbit

Two planets in one orbit? It could be possible, according to new research looking at planetary system PDS 70.
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Car-sized object washed up on beach could be space junk

A large chunk of metal that suddenly appeared on an Australian beach is believed to have fallen from an Indian rocket.
A man in a small room with a Circadian Light glowing red.

Could the key to living in space be … a good lighting system?

Lighting is typically more of an afterthought when it comes to space habitats, but as it turns out, it may just be the most important part
Three NASA Orion spacecraft in production.

Trio of Orion spacecraft prepped for NASA moon missions

NASA has shared an image of three spacecraft that will play a central role in its next three Artemis missions to the moon.
A billowing pair of nearly symmetrical loops of dust and gas mark the death throes of an ancient red-giant star, as captured by Gemini South, one half of the International Gemini Observatory, operated by NSF’s NOIRLab. The resulting structure, said to resemble an old style of English jug, is a rarely seen bipolar reflection nebula. Evidence suggests that this object formed by the interactions between the dying red giant and a now-shredded companion star. The image was obtained by NOIRLab’s Communication, Education & Engagement team as part of the NOIRLab Legacy Imaging Program.

This star shredded its companion to create a stunning double-lobed nebula

Nebulae are some of the most beautiful structures to be found in space. A new image from the Gemini South telescope shows an usual double-lobed nebula.
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Perseverance rover finds organic molecules in Mars’ Jezero Crater

The molecules are associated with life but can be created by other processes. So they aren't proof there was life there, but they are life's building blocks.
The planet Venus.

Here’s why scientists think life may have thrived on the ‘hell planet’ Venus

Venus is one of the most brutally inhospitable places in our solar system, but many scientists think life could have thrived there at one point. Here's why.
Rendering of a heat shield deploying over Venus.

Inside the crazy plan to scoop up and bring home a bit of the Venus atmosphere

Most missions collect samples and analyze them in situ with relatively basic instruments. This mission takes a totally different approach.
Virgin Galactic's space plane heading to the edge of space.

Virgin Galactic sets date for first tourism flight with fee-paying civilians

Virgin Galactic has announced a date for its first space tourism flight involving civilians who've paid upward of $250,000 for the experience.
NASA's new crew transportation electric vehicles.

These new NASA EVs will drive astronauts part way to the moon (sort of)

NASA's Kennedy Space Center has taken delivery of three new fully electric vehicles that will play a role in the upcoming Artemis lunar missions.
The first anniversary image from the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope displays star birth like it’s never been seen before, full of detailed, impressionistic texture. The subject is the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex, the closest star-forming region to Earth. It is a relatively small, quiet stellar nursery, but you’d never know it from Webb’s chaotic close-up. Jets bursting from young stars crisscross the image, impacting the surrounding interstellar gas and lighting up molecular hydrogen, shown in red. Some stars display the telltale shadow of a circumstellar disc, the makings of future planetary systems.

See the stunning image James Webb took to celebrate its first birthday

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope, and to celebrate NASA has shared another gorgeous image of space.