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  • 12/12/2013 Hubble Space Telescope Sees Evidence of Water Vapor Venting off Jovian Moon STScI-2013-55 8. Hubble Space Telescope Sees Evidence of Water Vapor Venting off Jovian Moon Though it's five times farther from the Sun than Earth, and therefore so cold that ice becomes as hard as rock, Jupiter's... (More)
  • 11/7/2013 NASA's Hubble Sees Asteroid Spout Six Comet-like Tails STScI-2013-52 9. NASA's Hubble Sees Asteroid Spout Six Comet-like Tails It's not often that astronomers stumble across a celestial interloper that they can only describe as "weird and freakish." Hubble researchers say they were "literally... (More)
  • 10/17/2013 Comet ISON Appears Intact STScI-2013-42 10. Comet ISON Appears Intact A new image of the sunward plunging Comet ISON taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope on October 9, 2013, suggests that the comet is intact despite some predictions that the fragile icy nucleus... (More)
  • 7/25/2013 Galaxies, Comets, and Stars! Oh My! STScI-2013-31 11. Galaxies, Comets, and Stars! Oh My! In this Hubble Space Telescope composite image taken in April 2013, the sun-approaching Comet ISON floats against a seemingly infinite backdrop of numerous galaxies and a handful... (More)
  • 7/15/2013 Hubble Finds New Neptune Moon STScI-2013-30 12. Hubble Finds New Neptune Moon In the summer of 1989, a robotic emissary from Earth visited the farthest major planet from the Sun, Neptune. Like any good tourist, NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft snapped a lot of pictures... (More)
  • 7/2/2013 Comet ISON Brings Holiday Fireworks STScI-2013-24 13. Comet ISON Brings Holiday Fireworks This July 4th, the solar system is showing off some fireworks of its own. Superficially resembling a skyrocket, Comet ISON is hurtling toward the Sun at a whopping 48,000 miles per hour. (More)
  • 5/9/2013 Hubble Finds Dead Stars 'Polluted' with Planet Debris STScI-2013-18 14. Hubble Finds Dead Stars 'Polluted' with Planet Debris Deep inside the Hyades star cluster, a pair of burned-out stars are yielding clues to the presence of rocky planets that may have whirled around them. Asteroid... (More)
  • 4/23/2013 Hubble Captures Comet ISON STScI-2013-14 15. Hubble Captures Comet ISON Comet ISON is potentially the "comet of the century" because around the time the comet makes its closest approach to the Sun, on November 28, it may briefly become brighter than the full Moon. (More)

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  • 12/16/2009 Hubble Finds Smallest Kuiper Belt Object Ever Seen STScI-2009-33 32. Hubble Finds Smallest Kuiper Belt Object Ever Seen NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered the smallest object ever seen in visible light in the Kuiper Belt, a vast ring of icy debris that is encircling... (More)
  • 10/9/2009 Hubble Observes LCROSS Impact Event STScI-2009-26 33. Hubble Observes LCROSS Impact Event NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has made a series of observations immediately preceding and following the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) Centaur... (More)
  • 9/9/2009 Hubble Opens New Eyes on the Universe STScI-2009-25 34. Hubble Opens New Eyes on the Universe NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is back in business, ready to uncover new worlds, peer ever deeper into space, and even map the invisible backbone of the universe. (More)
  • 7/24/2009 Hubble Captures Rare Jupiter Collision STScI-2009-23 35. Hubble Captures Rare Jupiter Collision NASA scientists have interrupted the checkout and calibration of the Hubble Space Telescope to aim the recently refurbished observatory at a new expanding spot on the giant planet Jupiter. (More)
  • 3/17/2009 Quadruple Saturn Moon Transit Snapped by Hubble STScI-2009-12 36. Quadruple Saturn Moon Transit Snapped by Hubble Saturn's comparatively paper-thin rings are tilted edge on to Earth every 15 years. Because the orbits of Saturn's major satellites are in the ring plane, too, this alignment... (More)

2008

  • 12/18/2008 Hubble Catches Jupiter's Largest Moon Going to the 'Dark Side' STScI-2008-42 37. Hubble Catches Jupiter's Largest Moon Going to the 'Dark Side' NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has caught Jupiter's moon Ganymede playing a game of "peek-a-boo." In this crisp Hubble image, Ganymede... (More)
  • 7/17/2008 Three Red Spots Mix it Up on Jupiter STScI-2008-27 38. Three Red Spots Mix it Up on Jupiter This sequence of Hubble Space Telescope images offers an unprecedented view of a planetary game of Pac-Man among three red spots clustered together in Jupiter's atmosphere. (More)
  • 5/22/2008 New Red Spot Appears on Jupiter STScI-2008-23 39. New Red Spot Appears on Jupiter In what's beginning to look like a case of planetary measles, a third red spot has appeared alongside its cousins the Great Red Spot and Red Spot Jr. in the turbulent... (More)
  • 1/23/2008 Internal Heat Drives Jupiter's Giant Storm Eruption STScI-2008-06 40. Internal Heat Drives Jupiter's Giant Storm Eruption Detailed analysis of two continent-sized storms that erupted in Jupiter's atmosphere in March 2007 shows that Jupiter's internal heat plays a significant role in generating... (More)

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