Tuesday, March 8, 2011: NASA's SDO satellite photographed the moon passing in front of the sun, March 2-4, 2011.
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The Young Ones
Wednesday, March 9, 2011: ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile captured this image of many galaxies, as part of the COMBO-17 project (Classifying Objects…Read More »
by Medium-Band Observations in 17 Filters). Some of the most distant flecks of light visible in this photo represent galaxies whose light has been traveling towards us for about nine or ten billion years, revealing what the universe was like when it was much younger.
Friday, March 11, 2011: Space shuttle Discovery's crew took this image of the International Space Station (ISS) after departing to return to Earth on March…Read More »
9, 2011. During their STS-133 mission, Discovery's crew added components including the Leonardo Multi Purpose Logistics Module, again changing the appearance of the ISS. Construction of the ISS began in 1998.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011: It was just a few weeks back that the sun was often free of spots. But on March 9, 2011, it had four separate sunspot groups,…Read More »
part of an increase in activity in recent weeks. Sunspots are cool, magnetically active regions on the sun that act like caps on a soda bottle. Sometimes the caps pop off, releasing a torrent of solar energy in the form of light and charged particles. Such a flare was released on March 9. The groups are numbered 1169 (left), 1166 (center), 1164 (upper right) and 1170 (lower right).
Credit: NASA Goddard/MODIS Rapid Response Team, Jeff Schmaltz
Thursday, March 17, 2011: Lacy clouds encircled Ireland a few months ago on December 22, 2010, while a heavy covering of snow lay upon the land. NASA's…Read More »
Terra satellite used its Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument to capture this true-color image of the snow. The overnight arrival of 6 in. (15 cm.) of snow at the Dublin airport forced its closure, and severe weather disrupted air, road and rail travel, closed schools and businesses and caused power outages.
Monday, March 21, 2011: Astronaut Paolo Nespoli took this photo of the "supermoon" aboard the International Space Station on March 20, 2011.
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Young, Gifted and Blue
Credit: NASA, ESA, A. Riess (STScI/JHU), L. Macri (Texas A&M University), and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Tuesday, March 22, 2011: Blue young stars shine in the spiral arms of galaxy NGC 5584, as shown by this Hubble Space Telescope image. Thin, dark dust lanes…Read More »
flow from the yellowish core, filled with older stars. The reddish dots throughout the image are largely background galaxies. Several exposures taken in visible light between January and April 2010 with Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 combine to make this image.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011: The Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft floats down to Earth near the town of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan on Wednesday, March 16, 2011. The vessel…Read More »
carried Expedition 26 Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineers Oleg Skripochka and Alexander Kaleri. Russian cosmonauts Skripochka and Kaleri returned after almost six months onboard the International Space Station, where they served as members of the Expedition 25 and 26 crews.