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Astrophoto: I Need Warp Speed in 3 Minutes or We’re All Dead

Is Earth going at warp speed in this image? This is a composite of two photographs, one for the foreground and one for the sky.

Here’s Your Chance To Send A Message To An Asteroid

NASA is planning to launch a time capsule aboard the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft, which is expected to head to an asteroid in 2016.

Amazing Video Timelapse Of Big Telescopes At Work In Chile

What’s it like to spend a night at a huge telescope observatory? Jordi Busque recorded a brilliant timelapse of the Very Large Telescope (VLT) and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).

Hunting for “Minimoons” Orbiting Earth

PanSTARRS on patrol. Credit: Bryce Bolin/University of Hawaii, used with permission. It’s an engaging thought experiment.

Carnival of Space #369

Carnival of Space. Image by Jason Major. This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Allen Versfeld at his Urban Astronomer blog.

Rosetta Now Up Close to Comet 67P – Snapping Mapping Mosaics for Momentous Philae Landing

Four-image photo mosaic comprising images taken by Rosetta’s navigation camera on 31 August 2014 from a distance of 61 km from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

25 Days from Mars – India’s MOM is in Good Health!

India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is closing in on the Red Planet and the Mars Orbit Insertion engine firing when it arrives on September 24, 2014 after its 10 month interplanetary journey.

Tonight’s Moon-Mars-Saturn Trio Recalls Time of Terror

The crescent moon, Saturn and Mars will form a compact triangle in the southwestern sky in this evening August 31st.

Caterpillar Comet Poses for Pictures En Route to Mars

Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring skips between the globular clusters NGC 362 (upper left) and 47 Tucanae (NGC 104) while skirting the edge of the Small Magellanic Cloud on August 29, 2014.

Heat Protecting Back Shell Tiles Installed on NASA’s Orion EFT-1 Spacecraft Set for Dec. 2014 Launch

Inside the Operations and Checkout Building high bay at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians dressed in clean-room suits install a back shell tile panel onto the Orion crew module.

Radio Telescopes Resolve Pleiades Distance Debate

An optical image of the Pleiades. Credit: NOAO / AURA / NSF Fall will soon be at our doorstep. But before the leaves change colors and the smell of pumpkin fills our coffee shops, the Pleiades star cluster will mark the new season with its earlier presence in the night sky.

Enjoy This Eye-Meltingly Awesome Photo of Our Sun

Photo of the Sun captured and processed by Alan Friedman. Click for a larger version. (© Alan Friedman.

US Heavy Lift Mars Rocket Passes Key Review and NASA Sets 2018 Maiden Launch Date

Artist concept of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) 70-metric-ton configuration launching to space. SLS will be the most powerful rocket ever built for deep space missions, including to an asteroid and ultimately to Mars.

Observing Neptune: A Guide to the 2014 Opposition Season

The planet Neptune as seen by the Voyager 2 spacecraft during its 1989 flyby. Credit: NASA/JPL. Never seen Neptune?

Astronomers Spot Pebble-Size Dust Grains in the Orion Nebula

A radio (orange) and optical composite of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex showing the OMC-2/3 star-forming filament.

First Glimpse of a Young Galactic Core Forming in the Early Universe

The galactic core, dubbed GOODS-N-774, as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera for Surveys.

What Lit up the Universe? Astronomers May be on the Brink of an Answer

A computer model shows one scenario for how light is spread through the early universe on vast scales (more than 50 million light years across).

Fingerprint From a First-Generation Star?

SDSS001820.5-093939.2 (seen in white) is a small, second-generation star bearing the chemical imprint of one of the universe’s first stars.

A Cosmic Collision: Our Best View Yet of Two Distant Galaxies Merging

This image combines the views from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Keck-II observatory to show a foreground galaxy (a spiral galaxy viewed edge-on) and an almost complete ring: the smeared out image of a star-forming merger beyond.

Rosetta’s Comet Looms In The Dark In Close-Up Spacecraft Shot

The Rosetta navigation camera sent back this image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Aug. 23, showing about a quarter of the four-kilometer (2.5-mile) comet.