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2005 (continued)

  • 2/16/2005 Saturn's Auroras Defy Scientists' Expectations STScI-2005-06 61. Saturn's Auroras Defy Scientists' Expectations The dancing light of the auroras on Saturn behaves in ways different from how scientists have thought possible for the last 25 years. New research by a team of astronomers... (More)

2004

  • 11/11/2004 Hubble Tracks Asteroid's Sky Trek STScI-2004-31 62. 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 63. 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 64. 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 65. 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 66. 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 67. 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 68. 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 69. 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 70. 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 71. 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 72. 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 73. 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 76. 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 77. 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 78. 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 79. 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 80. 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)
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