Friday, Nov. 1, 2013: The Black Dragon Nebula (IC 4678) occupies space between us and a dense spiral arm of our galaxy. The nebula, a huge complex of gas…Read More »
and dust, creates a distinct silhoutte as dust in the foreground blots out light from background stars. IC 4678 lies about 5,000 light years from Earth in the constellation of Sagittarius, near the well-known Trifid and Lagoon Nebulas.
Monday, Nov. 4, 2013: Looking a bit like alien invading spacecraft, the three Swarm satellites stand ready to join the launch adapter in Plesetsk, Russia.…Read More »
Despite the ominous appearance, the satellite constellation has a benign purpose — to study the Earth’s magnetic field. Swarm represents the European Space Agency’s next Earth Explorer mission, following GOCE, SMOS and CryoSat. The launch will be delayed by about one week from the original date of November 14, 2013, as the mission’s launch service provider, Eurockot, decided to replace a unit in the Breeze upper stage of the Rockot launcher.
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013: Cassini spacecraft caught Tethys, one of Saturn’s moons, on May 16, 2013, when the moon lay at a distance of about 684,000 miles…Read More »
(1.1 million kilometers) from the spacecraft. Named after the Titan, Tethys, out of Greek mythology, the names of the craters visible here also refer to ancient Greece, being taken from characters in the The Iliad and The Odyssey. Penelope crater (upper left) takes its name from the wife of Greek hero Odysseus. Melanthius crater lies near center, at the day/night terminator, with Dolius crater above it. The character of Dolius served as gardener to Odysseus and Penelope, while Melanthius was one of Dolius' children.
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013: A new Hubble Space Telescope image shows spiral galaxy NGC 6984. A supernova has just appeared in this galaxy, supernova SN 2013ek,…Read More »
visible as the bright object just slightly above and right of the galaxy's center. Last year, NGC 6984 also hosted a supernova, SN 2012im. Astronomers classify SN 2012im as a Type Ic supernova, while the more recent SN 2013ek falls into the Type Ib category. Both of these types arise from the core collapse of massive stars that have shed or lost their outer layers of hydrogen at the ends of their lives. Hubble made the observations for the new image on August 19, 2013, with the aim of pinpointing the location of this new explosion more precisely. The two supernovas are possibly linked, but astronomers are not sure how, if at all.
Friday, Nov. 8, 2013: A still frame from a video made by NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory shows a flare dramatically bursting out of the sun. A pair of…Read More »
active regions produced this intense action over the two days of Oct. 26-28, 2013. The sun currently approaches its maximum level of activity, and this image taken in extreme ultraviolet light suggests what the peak will look like.
Monday, Nov. 11, 2013: Sky watcher Mickey Welsh sent in a photo of the moon and Venus taken in Irving, TX, on Nov. 6, 2013. He notes in an e-mail to SPACE.com…Read More »
that he did not notice the meteor streaking through the frame until he downloaded the photo onto his computer. Irving lies outside Dallas, TX, and housed the former Texas Stadium where the Dallas Cowboys football team used to play before moving to AT&T Stadium in 2009.
Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013: Hubble Space Telescope has produced the best image of the Antennae Galaxies, following its earlier photos from 1997 and 2006.…Read More »
Improvements made during the servicing missions allowed this achievement to occur. Two formerly spiral galaxies, NGC 4038 and NGC 4039, have torn at each other gravitationally for the past few hundred million years, pulling stars from each other into a streaming arc between them. Eventually they will form one large elliptical galaxy. The galaxies derive their names from features not visible in this image—far-flung stars and gas streamers stretching out into long antenna-like structures. [See more Hubble Space Telescope images.]
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013: The Carina Nebula glows in the sky above Chajnantor Plateau, in the Chilean Andes. In the foreground, shadowy figures of antennas…Read More »
of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) stand. Carina Nebula lies about 7500 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Carina (The Keel). The cloud of glowing gas and dust represents the one of brightest nebulas in the sky. It contains several of the Milky Way’s brightest and most massive known stars, such as Eta Carinae. ESO Photo Ambassador Babak Tafreshi captured this panoramic view. [See our gallery of strange-shaped nebulas.]
Credit: Rick Mastracchio (via Twitter as @AstroRM)
Friday, Nov. 15, 2013: On Nov 12, 2013, NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio tweeted his first photo taken aboard the International Space Station. He wrote:…Read More »
"My 1st tweet of pic from ISS! Bounced off 3 satellites, thru 2 email accounts, & 2 round trips to ISS. My Soyuz pic.twitter.com/8xY7WSWl8o" As a member of the Expedition 38 crew, he will stay aboard the station until May 2014. [See more mission photos at Photos: Space Station's Expedition 37/38 Mission in Pictures.]
Monday, Nov. 18, 2013: On Nov. 15, 2013, SOHO spacecraft's coronagraph captured an cloud of ionized gas and magnetic field which expanded and flew from…Read More »
the sun at about the 10 o’clock position. The cloud was probably caused by the same magnetic field disruption that produced an eruptive prominence seen earlier in extreme ultra-violet light on Nov. 13, 2013. The image of the sun in the center of the blacked-out circle was provided by the Solar Dynamics Observatory. [See more solar images at Solar Max: Amazing Sun Storm Photos of 2013.]
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013: Clouds in Saturn’s atmosphere trace delicate shapes. Cassini spacecraft captured this image on Aug. 12, 2013, using a spectral…Read More »
filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light. A portion of the rings is also visible. This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 18 degrees above the ringplane, when the spacecraft was at a distance of approximately 994,000 miles (1.6 million kilometers) from Saturn.
Credit: Koichi Wakata (via Twitter as @Astro_Wakata)
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013: Dr. Koichi Wakata represents the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) as a Flight Engineer on International Space Station…Read More »
(ISS) Expedition 38 and the Commander of Expedition 39. He will be the first Japanese astronaut to command the ISS. On Nov. 17, 2013, he tweeted this image of the moon taken aboard the ISS. He wrote: “Moon rising out of the beautiful thin earth atmosphere. pic.twitter.com/h416Hpllmy” [See our gallery of Expedition 37/38 images.]
Friday, Nov. 22, 2013: A color guard and Launch Operations Center Director Kurt Debus (right) welcome President John F. Kennedy to the Cape Canaveral Missile…Read More »
Test Annex Skid Strip on Sept. 11, 1962. The assassination of President Kennedy occurred 50 years ago today, on Nov. 22, 1963, cutting short the life of the leader whose vision set America’s feet on the path to the moon. On Nov. 29, 1963, the center was renamed the John F. Kennedy Space Center in his honor. [See Photos: John F. Kennedy's NASA Legacy.]
Credit: Rick Mastracchio (via Twitter as @AstroRM)
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013: Three small CubeSats float above the Earth after
deployment from the International Space Station (ISS). The Japanese JEM Small Satellite
Orbital Deployer (JSSOD)
device attached to the robotic arm of the Kibo module
launched the 3 satellites into orbit. Astronauts deployed two NanoSatisfi CubeSats named
as well as a Vietnamese micro satellite, named Pico Dragon.
Astronaut Rick Mastracchio tweeted the photo from the station on Nov. 19, 2013. He wrote:
“The small satellites a few moments after deployment. pic.twitter.com/FkyYJ20XnA"
Credit: ESO/B. Tafreshi (a href="http://www.twanight.org/tafreshi">twanight.org)
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013: The familiar Pleiades Cluster, which was already
known to most ancient civilisations and the constellation of Orion (The Hunter) glow above
the antennas of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) on the
Chajnantor Plateau in the Atacama Deset of Chile. In the upper left corner of the picture,
the Pleiades Cluster shines as a tight bunch of young stars. The constellation of Orion (The
Hunter) clearly glows over the closest of the antennas. The three blue stars in a line forming
the hunter’s belt lies just to the left of the red light. In mythology, Orion, the hunter, chased
the Pleiades, the beautiful daughters of Atlas, a story that still plays out nightly in the sky.
Image released Nov. 25, 2013.
Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013: Canada's automated aurora camera tweeted this photo
on Nov. 9, 2013. The tweet read: "Latest #photo of #aurora borealis above #Yellowknife,
NWT taken at 01:12 MST on November 9, 2013. pic.twitter.com/9VBQVCF29p" [For more
photos of auroras, please see Northern
Lights: Amazing Aurora Photos of 2013.]
Friday, Nov. 29, 2013: Spiral galaxy Messier 90 lies in the constellation of Virgo,
about 60 million light years from Earth. Companion galaxy IC 3583 lies nearby. The two
galaxies engage in a close encounter, the spiral arms of the larger one showing the strong
effect of the tidal interaction, warping above the plane of the galaxy.