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NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day

Northern Lights and Noctilucent Clouds
6/21/2018 12:58:42 AM

Skies after the near-solstice sunset on June 17 Skies after the near-solstice sunset on June 17


Pillars of the Eagle Nebula in Infrared
6/21/2018 12:58:42 AM

Newborn stars are forming in the Eagle Nebula.  Newborn stars are forming in the Eagle Nebula.


Ancients of Sea and Sky
6/21/2018 12:58:42 AM

They may look like round rocks, but they're alive. They may look like round rocks, but they're alive.


An Active Prominence on the Sun
6/21/2018 12:58:42 AM

Sometimes the Sun's surface becomes a whirlwind of activity. Sometimes the Sun's surface becomes a whirlwind of activity.


Mars Engulfed
6/21/2018 12:58:42 AM

What's happened to Mars? What's happened to Mars?


The New York Times

Asteroids and Adversaries: Challenging What NASA Knows About Space Rocks
6/21/2018 12:58:43 AM
Two years ago, NASA dismissed and mocked an amateur’s criticisms of its asteroids database. Now Nathan Myhrvold is back, and his papers have passed peer review.

A Huge Dust Storm on Mars Is Threatening NASA’s Opportunity Rover
6/21/2018 12:58:43 AM
The storm, which has blanketed a quarter of the planet, has plunged the rover into a “dark, perpetual night.”

Trilobites: Black Hole Drags Star to Dusty Death
6/21/2018 12:58:43 AM
Astronomers thought they saw an exploding star, but in fact it was a star having its guts ripped out by a black hole.

Extremely Large, Extremely Expensive: The Race for the Next Giant Telescopes
6/21/2018 12:58:43 AM
Even as astronomers await a verdict on construction of a huge telescope on Mauna Kea, they are still trying to figure out how to pay for the next stargazing Goliaths.

Life on Mars? Rover’s Latest Discovery Puts It ‘On the Table’
6/21/2018 12:58:43 AM
The identification of organic molecules in rocks on the red planet does not necessarily point to life there, past or present, but does indicate that some of the building blocks were present.