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  • 11/11/2004 Hubble Tracks Asteroid's Sky Trek STScI-2004-31 67. Hubble Tracks Asteroid's Sky Trek While analyzing NASA Hubble Space Telescope images of the Sagittarius dwarf irregular galaxy (SagDIG), an international team of astronomers led by Simone Marchi, Yazan Momany... (More)
  • 11/4/2004 Hubble Spots Rare Triple Eclipse on Jupiter STScI-2004-30 68. Hubble Spots Rare Triple Eclipse on Jupiter At first glance, Jupiter looks like it has a mild case of the measles. Five spots – one colored white, one blue, and three black – are scattered... (More)
  • 6/17/2004 A Really Neat Close-up of Comet NEAT from Kitt Peak Observatory STScI-2004-52 69. A Really Neat Close-up of Comet NEAT from Kitt Peak Observatory This image of comet C/2001 Q4 (NEAT) was taken at the WIYN 0.9-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson... (More)
  • 5/26/2004 Saturn Seen from Far and Near STScI-2004-18 70. Saturn Seen from Far and Near As Saturn grows closer through the eyes of the Cassini spacecraft, which is hurtling toward a rendezvous with the ringed world on June 30 (July 1, Universal Time), both Cassini... (More)
  • 4/14/2004 Hubble Observes Planetoid Sedna, Mystery Deepens STScI-2004-14 71. Hubble Observes Planetoid Sedna, Mystery Deepens Astronomers poring over 35 NASA Hubble Space Telescope images of the solar system's farthest known object, unofficially named Sedna, are surprised... (More)
  • 1/22/2004 The Colorful Lives of the Outer Planets STScI-2004-05 72. The Colorful Lives of the Outer Planets Atmospheric features on Uranus and Neptune are revealed in images taken with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph and the Advanced Camera for Surveys... (More)

2003

  • 9/25/2003 Hubble Uncovers Smallest Moons Yet Seen Around Uranus STScI-2003-29 73. Hubble Uncovers Smallest Moons Yet Seen Around Uranus Astronomers have discovered two of the smallest moons yet found around Uranus. The new moons, uncovered by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope... (More)
  • 9/9/2003 The Slant on Saturn's Rings STScI-2003-23 74. The Slant on Saturn's Rings This is a series of images of Saturn, as seen at many different wavelengths, when the planet's rings were at their maximum tilt of 27 degrees toward Earth. Saturn experiences seasonal... (More)
  • 9/6/2003 Farthest, Faintest Solar System Objects Found Beyond Neptune STScI-2003-25 75. Farthest, Faintest Solar System Objects Found Beyond Neptune Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have discovered three of the faintest and smallest objects ever detected beyond Neptune. (More)
  • 9/5/2003 Hubble Assists Rosetta Comet Mission STScI-2003-26 76. Hubble Assists Rosetta Comet Mission Results from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope played a major role in preparing ESA's ambitious Rosetta mission for its new target, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-G). (More)
  • 8/27/2003 Mars: Closest Encounter STScI-2003-22 77. Mars: Closest Encounter These two images, taken 11 hours apart with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, reveal two nearly opposite sides of Mars. Hubble snapped these photos as the red planet was making its closest approach... (More)
  • 5/15/2003 Brighter Neptune Suggests a Planetary Change of Seasons STScI-2003-17 78. Brighter Neptune Suggests a Planetary Change of Seasons Springtime is blooming on Neptune! This might sound like an oxymoron because Neptune is the farthest and coldest of the major planets. But observations... (More)

2002

2001

  • 10/11/2001 Scientists Track "Perfect Storm" on Mars STScI-2001-31 81. Scientists Track "Perfect Storm" on Mars A pair of eagle-eyed NASA spacecraft — the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) and Hubble Space Telescope — are giving amazed astronomers a ringside seat to the biggest... (More)
  • 7/5/2001 Hubble Captures Best View of Mars Ever Obtained From Earth STScI-2001-24 82. Hubble Captures Best View of Mars Ever Obtained From Earth Frosty white water ice clouds and swirling orange dust storms above a vivid rusty landscape reveal Mars as a dynamic planet in this sharpest... (More)
  • 6/7/2001 A Change of Seasons on Saturn STScI-2001-15 83. A Change of Seasons on Saturn Looming like a giant flying saucer in our outer solar system, Saturn puts on a show as the planet and its magnificent ring system nod majestically over the course of its 29-year... (More)
  • 5/17/2001 Astronomers Puzzled over Comet LINEAR's Missing Pieces STScI-2001-14 84. Astronomers Puzzled over Comet LINEAR's Missing Pieces Astronomers analyzing debris from a comet that broke apart last summer spied pieces as small as smoke-sized particles and as large as football-field-sized fragments. (More)

2000

  • 12/14/2000 Satellite Footprints Seen in Jupiter Aurora STScI-2000-38 85. Satellite Footprints Seen in Jupiter Aurora In this Hubble telescope picture, a curtain of glowing gas is wrapped around Jupiter's north pole like a lasso. This curtain of light, called an aurora, is produced when high-energy... (More)
  • 9/14/2000 Centaur's Bright Surface Spot Could be Crater of Fresh Ice STScI-2000-31 86. Centaur's Bright Surface Spot Could be Crater of Fresh Ice The unexpectedly varied surface of a wayward piece of space debris has given astronomers new insights into the characteristics and behavior of a ghostly... (More)
  • 8/7/2000 Hubble Discovers Missing Pieces of Comet Linear STScI-2000-27 87. Hubble Discovers Missing Pieces of Comet Linear To the surprise and delight of astronomers, the Hubble telescope discovered a small armada of "mini-comets" left behind from what some scientists had prematurely thought... (More)
  • 7/28/2000 Hubble Sees Comet Linear Blow its Top STScI-2000-26 88. Hubble Sees Comet Linear Blow its Top Lackluster comet LINEAR (C/1999 S4) unexpectedly threw astronomers a curve. Using the Hubble telescope, researchers were surprised to catch the icy comet in a brief, violent... (More)

1999

  • 8/5/1999 Hubble Views Ancient Storm in the Atmosphere of Jupiter STScI-1999-29 89. Hubble Views Ancient Storm in the Atmosphere of Jupiter When 17th-century astronomers first turned their telescopes to Jupiter, they noted a conspicuous reddish spot on the giant planet. (More)
  • 6/30/1999 A Closer Encounter with Mars STScI-1999-27 90. A Closer Encounter with Mars Taking advantage of Mars's closest approach to Earth in eight years, astronomers using the Hubble telescope have taken the space-based observatory's sharpest views yet of the Red Planet. (More)
  • 5/19/1999 Colossal Cyclone Swirls near Martian North Pole STScI-1999-22 91. Colossal Cyclone Swirls near Martian North Pole Astronomers using the Hubble telescope have discovered an enormous cyclonic storm system raging in the northern polar regions of the planet Mars. (More)
  • 4/20/1999 Hubble Clicks Images of Io Sweeping across Jupiter STScI-1999-13 92. Hubble Clicks Images of Io Sweeping across Jupiter While hunting for volcanic plumes on Io, the Hubble telescope captured these images of the volatile moon sweeping across the giant face of Jupiter. (More)
  • 4/16/1999 Hubble Shoots the Moon STScI-1999-14 93. Hubble Shoots the Moon In a change of venue from peering at the distant universe, the Hubble telescope has taken a look at Earth's closest neighbor in space, the Moon. Hubble was aimed at one of the Moon's most dramatic... (More)
  • 3/29/1999 Huge Spring Storms Rouse Uranus from Winter Hibernation STScI-1999-11 94. Huge Spring Storms Rouse Uranus from Winter Hibernation If springtime on Earth were anything like it will be on Uranus, we would be experiencing waves of massive storms, each one covering the country... (More)
  • 3/4/1999 A Mote in Hubble's Eye STScI-1999-08 95. A Mote in Hubble's Eye The Hubble telescope image is a typical Milky Way star field in the constellation Centaurus. Such snapshots can be used to study the evolution of stars that make up our galaxy. (More)
  • 2/25/1999 Martian Colors Provide Clues about Martian Water STScI-1999-07 96. Martian Colors Provide Clues about Martian Water Hubble telescope images of Mars detail a rich geologic history and provide further evidence for water-bearing minerals on the planet's surface. (More)

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