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This single frame from a sequence of six images of an animation shows sunspots as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from April 4 to April 15, 2015. From Mars, the rover was in position to see the opposite side of the sun.
This single frame from a sequence of six images of an animation shows sunspots as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from April 4 to April 15, 2015. From Mars, the rover was in position to see the opposite side of the sun.

Tracking Sunspots from Mars, April 2015 (Animation)

This single frame from a sequence of six images of an animation shows sunspots as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from April 4 to April 15, 2015. From Mars, the rover was in position to see the opposite side of the sun.

Target: Sun
Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mastcam
ID#: PIA19802
Added: 2015-07-10

Views: 407

Tracking Sunspots from Mars, April 2015 (Animation)

This single frame from a sequence of six images of an animation shows sunspots as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from April 4 to April 15, 2015. From Mars, the rover was in position to see the opposite side of the sun.

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This single frame from a sequence of images shows sunspots as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from June 27 to July 8, 2015; the rover was in position to see the opposite side of the sun from the side facing Earth during this period.
This single frame from a sequence of images shows sunspots as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from June 27 to July 8, 2015; the rover was in position to see the opposite side of the sun from the side facing Earth during this period.

Tracking Sunspots from Mars, Summer 2015 (Animation)

This single frame from a sequence of images shows sunspots as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from June 27 to July 8, 2015; the rover was in position to see the opposite side of the sun from the side facing Earth during this period.

Target: Sun
Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mastcam
ID#: PIA19801
Added: 2015-07-10

Views: 2275

Tracking Sunspots from Mars, Summer 2015 (Animation)

This single frame from a sequence of images shows sunspots as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from June 27 to July 8, 2015; the rover was in position to see the opposite side of the sun from the side facing Earth during this period.

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An eruption from the surface of the sun is conspicuous in the lower left portion of this July 6, 2015, image from NASA's Earth-orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).
An eruption from the surface of the sun is conspicuous in the lower left portion of this July 6, 2015, image from NASA's Earth-orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).

Solar Activity Seen at Sunspot Site Tracked by Mars Rover

An eruption from the surface of the sun is conspicuous in the lower left portion of this July 6, 2015, image from NASA's Earth-orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).

Target: Sun
Mission: Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)
Instrument: Atmosphere Imaging Assembly (AIA)
ID#: PIA19680
Added: 2015-07-10

Views: 1370

Solar Activity Seen at Sunspot Site Tracked by Mars Rover

An eruption from the surface of the sun is conspicuous in the lower left portion of this July 6, 2015, image from NASA's Earth-orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).

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Flaring, active regions of our sun are highlighted in this image combining observations from several telescopes. During the observations, microflares went off, which are smaller versions of the larger flares that also erupt from the sun's surface.
Flaring, active regions of our sun are highlighted in this image combining observations from several telescopes. During the observations, microflares went off, which are smaller versions of the larger flares that also erupt from the sun's surface.

NuSTAR Stares at the Sun

Flaring, active regions of our sun are highlighted in this image combining observations from several telescopes. During the observations, microflares went off, which are smaller versions of the larger flares that also erupt from the sun's surface.

Target: Sun
Mission: NuSTAR
Instrument: Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)
ID#: PIA19821
Added: 2015-07-08

Views: 1661

NuSTAR Stares at the Sun

Flaring, active regions of our sun are highlighted in this image combining observations from several telescopes. During the observations, microflares went off, which are smaller versions of the larger flares that also erupt from the sun's surface.

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X-rays stream off the sun in this first picture of the sun, overlaid on a picture taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, taken by NuSTAR.
X-rays stream off the sun in this first picture of the sun, overlaid on a picture taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, taken by NuSTAR.

Sun Shines in High-Energy X-rays

X-rays stream off the sun in this first picture of the sun, overlaid on a picture taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, taken by NuSTAR.

Target: Sun
Mission: NuSTAR
Instrument: Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)
ID#: PIA18906
Added: 2014-12-22

Views: 46636

Sun Shines in High-Energy X-rays

X-rays stream off the sun in this first picture of the sun, overlaid on a picture taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, taken by NuSTAR.

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This schematic shows our solar bubble moving through nearby interstellar space, or the space between stars.
This schematic shows our solar bubble moving through nearby interstellar space, or the space between stars.

Heliosphere Traveling Through Interstellar Space

This schematic shows our solar bubble moving through nearby interstellar space, or the space between stars.

Target: Sun
Mission: Voyager
Spacecraft: Voyager 1, Voyager 2
ID#: PIA17463
Added: 2013-09-12

Views: 3590

Heliosphere Traveling Through Interstellar Space

This schematic shows our solar bubble moving through nearby interstellar space, or the space between stars.

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This artist's concept depicts NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft entering interstellar space.
This artist's concept depicts NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft entering interstellar space.

Voyager 1 Entering Interstellar Space (Artist Concept)

This artist's concept depicts NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft entering interstellar space.

Target: Sun
Mission: Voyager
Spacecraft: Voyager 1
ID#: PIA17462
Added: 2013-09-12

Views: 17822

Voyager 1 Entering Interstellar Space (Artist Concept)

This artist's concept depicts NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft entering interstellar space.

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The image taken by the Oschin Schmidt Telescope, shows the star AC +79 3888, also known as Gliese 445. NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft, which is on a trajectory out of our solar system, is headed toward an encounter with AC +79 3888 (circled in red).
The image taken by the Oschin Schmidt Telescope, shows the star AC +79 3888, also known as Gliese 445. NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft, which is on a trajectory out of our solar system, is headed toward an encounter with AC +79 3888 (circled in red).

Heading toward Gliese 445

The image taken by the Oschin Schmidt Telescope, shows the star AC +79 3888, also known as Gliese 445. NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft, which is on a trajectory out of our solar system, is headed toward an encounter with AC +79 3888 (circled in red).

Target: Sun
Mission: Voyager
Spacecraft: Voyager 1
Instrument: Oschin Schmidt Telescope
ID#: PIA17461
Added: 2013-09-12

Views: 6002

Heading toward Gliese 445

The image taken by the Oschin Schmidt Telescope, shows the star AC +79 3888, also known as Gliese 445. NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft, which is on a trajectory out of our solar system, is headed toward an encounter with AC +79 3888 (circled in red).

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This artist's concept shows the outer layers of our solar bubble, or heliosphere, and nearby interstellar space. NASA's Voyager 1 is currently exploring a region of interstellar space.
This artist's concept shows the outer layers of our solar bubble, or heliosphere, and nearby interstellar space. NASA's Voyager 1 is currently exploring a region of interstellar space.

Moving into Interstellar Space (Artist Concept)

This artist's concept shows the outer layers of our solar bubble, or heliosphere, and nearby interstellar space. NASA's Voyager 1 is currently exploring a region of interstellar space.

Target: Sun
Mission: Voyager
Spacecraft: Voyager 1
ID#: PIA17460
Added: 2013-09-12

Views: 7835

Moving into Interstellar Space (Artist Concept)

This artist's concept shows the outer layers of our solar bubble, or heliosphere, and nearby interstellar space. NASA's Voyager 1 is currently exploring a region of interstellar space.

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The artist's concept on left is based on theoretical models predicting the direction and strength of magnetic field lines coming from the sun and interstellar space.
The artist's concept on left is based on theoretical models predicting the direction and strength of magnetic field lines coming from the sun and interstellar space.

Mystery of the Interstellar Magnetic Field (Artist's Concept)

The artist's concept on left is based on theoretical models predicting the direction and strength of magnetic field lines coming from the sun and interstellar space.

Target: Sun
Mission: Voyager
Spacecraft: Voyager 1
ID#: PIA17442
Added: 2013-09-12

Views: 2359

Mystery of the Interstellar Magnetic Field (Artist's Concept)

The artist's concept on left is based on theoretical models predicting the direction and strength of magnetic field lines coming from the sun and interstellar space.

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This graphic of Voyager 1 shows its location when it crossed into interstellar space.
This graphic of Voyager 1 shows its location when it crossed into interstellar space.

Observed Change in Density Shows Voyager is in Interstellar Space

This graphic of Voyager 1 shows its location when it crossed into interstellar space.

Target: Sun
Mission: Voyager
Spacecraft: Voyager 1
ID#: PIA17441
Added: 2013-09-12

Views: 2922

Observed Change in Density Shows Voyager is in Interstellar Space

This graphic of Voyager 1 shows its location when it crossed into interstellar space.

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This artist's concept shows NASA's Voyager spacecraft against a backdrop of stars.
This artist's concept shows NASA's Voyager spacecraft against a backdrop of stars.

Voyager in Space (Artist Concept)

This artist's concept shows NASA's Voyager spacecraft against a backdrop of stars.

Target: Sun
Mission: Voyager
Spacecraft: Voyager 1, Voyager 2
ID#: PIA17049
Added: 2013-09-12

Views: 5032

Voyager in Space (Artist Concept)

This artist's concept shows NASA's Voyager spacecraft against a backdrop of stars.

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This artist's concept shows the general locations of NASA's two Voyager spacecraft. Voyager 1 (top) has sailed beyond our solar bubble into interstellar space. Voyager 2 (bottom) is still exploring the outer layer of the solar bubble.
This artist's concept shows the general locations of NASA's two Voyager spacecraft. Voyager 1 (top) has sailed beyond our solar bubble into interstellar space. Voyager 2 (bottom) is still exploring the outer layer of the solar bubble.

One Voyager Out, One Voyager In (Artist Concept)

This artist's concept shows the general locations of NASA's two Voyager spacecraft. Voyager 1 (top) has sailed beyond our solar bubble into interstellar space. Voyager 2 (bottom) is still exploring the outer layer of the solar bubble.

Target: Sun
Mission: Voyager
Spacecraft: Voyager 1, Voyager 2
ID#: PIA17048
Added: 2013-09-12

Views: 9238

One Voyager Out, One Voyager In (Artist Concept)

This artist's concept shows the general locations of NASA's two Voyager spacecraft. Voyager 1 (top) has sailed beyond our solar bubble into interstellar space. Voyager 2 (bottom) is still exploring the outer layer of the solar bubble.

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Radio telescopes cannot see Voyager 1 in visible light, but rather
Radio telescopes cannot see Voyager 1 in visible light, but rather

Voyager Signal Spotted By Earth Radio Telescopes

Radio telescopes cannot see Voyager 1 in visible light, but rather

Target: Sun
Mission: Voyager
Spacecraft: Voyager 1
Instrument: Very Long Baseline Array
ID#: PIA17047
Added: 2013-09-12

Views: 10942

Voyager Signal Spotted By Earth Radio Telescopes

Radio telescopes cannot see Voyager 1 in visible light, but rather "see" the spacecraft signal in radio light. This image of Voyager 1's signal on Feb. 21, 2013. At the time, Voyager 1 was 11.5 billion miles (18.5 billion kilometers) away.

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Voyager 1 has entered interstellar space. NASA's spacecraft, which rose from Earth on a September morning 36 years ago, has traveled farther than anyone, or anything, in history.
Voyager 1 has entered interstellar space. NASA's spacecraft, which rose from Earth on a September morning 36 years ago, has traveled farther than anyone, or anything, in history.

Voyager Goes Interstellar (Artist Concept)

Voyager 1 has entered interstellar space. NASA's spacecraft, which rose from Earth on a September morning 36 years ago, has traveled farther than anyone, or anything, in history.

Target: Sun
Mission: Voyager
Spacecraft: Voyager 1
ID#: PIA17046
Added: 2013-09-12

Views: 25235

Voyager Goes Interstellar (Artist Concept)

Voyager 1 has entered interstellar space. NASA's spacecraft, which rose from Earth on a September morning 36 years ago, has traveled farther than anyone, or anything, in history.

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This visual represents sounds captured of interstellar space by NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft. Voyager 1's plasma wave instrument detected the vibrations of dense interstellar plasma.
This visual represents sounds captured of interstellar space by NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft. Voyager 1's plasma wave instrument detected the vibrations of dense interstellar plasma.

Voyager Captures Sounds of Interstellar Space

This visual represents sounds captured of interstellar space by NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft. Voyager 1's plasma wave instrument detected the vibrations of dense interstellar plasma.

Target: Sun
Mission: Voyager
Spacecraft: Voyager 1
Instrument: Plasma Wave Instrument
ID#: PIA17045
Added: 2013-09-12

Views: 4135

Voyager Captures Sounds of Interstellar Space

This visual represents sounds captured of interstellar space by NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft. Voyager 1's plasma wave instrument detected the vibrations of dense interstellar plasma.

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This artist's concept shows NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft exploring a region called the 'depletion region' or 'magnetic highway' at the outer limits of our heliosphere, the bubble the sun blows around itself.
This artist's concept shows NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft exploring a region called the 'depletion region' or 'magnetic highway' at the outer limits of our heliosphere, the bubble the sun blows around itself.

Transitional Regions at the Heliosphere's Outer Limits

This artist's concept shows NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft exploring a region called the 'depletion region' or 'magnetic highway' at the outer limits of our heliosphere, the bubble the sun blows around itself.

Target: Sun
Mission: Voyager
Spacecraft: Voyager 1
ID#: PIA17034
Added: 2013-06-27

Views: 2249

Transitional Regions at the Heliosphere's Outer Limits

This artist's concept shows NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft exploring a region called the 'depletion region' or 'magnetic highway' at the outer limits of our heliosphere, the bubble the sun blows around itself.

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This artist's concept shows NASA's two Voyager spacecraft exploring a turbulent region of space known as the heliosheath, the outer shell of the bubble of charged particles around our sun.
This artist's concept shows NASA's two Voyager spacecraft exploring a turbulent region of space known as the heliosheath, the outer shell of the bubble of charged particles around our sun.

Voyagers in the Heliosheath (Cropped)

This artist's concept shows NASA's two Voyager spacecraft exploring a turbulent region of space known as the heliosheath, the outer shell of the bubble of charged particles around our sun.

Target: Sun
Mission: Voyager
Spacecraft: Voyager 1, Voyager 2
ID#: PIA17033
Added: 2013-06-27

Views: 3234

Voyagers in the Heliosheath (Cropped)

This artist's concept shows NASA's two Voyager spacecraft exploring a turbulent region of space known as the heliosheath, the outer shell of the bubble of charged particles around our sun.

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This artist's concept shows NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft in a new region at the edge of our solar system where the magnetic field lines generated by our sun are piling up and intensifying.
This artist's concept shows NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft in a new region at the edge of our solar system where the magnetic field lines generated by our sun are piling up and intensifying.

Magnetic Field Line Pile-Up (Artist's Concept)

This artist's concept shows NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft in a new region at the edge of our solar system where the magnetic field lines generated by our sun are piling up and intensifying.

Target: Sun
Mission: Voyager
Spacecraft: Voyager 1
ID#: PIA16734
Added: 2013-02-12

Views: 2830

Magnetic Field Line Pile-Up (Artist's Concept)

This artist's concept shows NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft in a new region at the edge of our solar system where the magnetic field lines generated by our sun are piling up and intensifying.

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This image from a set of animations show NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft exploring a new region in our solar system called the 'magnetic highway'.
This image from a set of animations show NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft exploring a new region in our solar system called the 'magnetic highway'.

Voyager 1 Explores the 'Magnetic Highway'

This image from a set of animations show NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft exploring a new region in our solar system called the 'magnetic highway'.

Target: Sun
Mission: Voyager
Spacecraft: Voyager 1
ID#: PIA16486
Added: 2012-12-03

Views: 6153

Voyager 1 Explores the 'Magnetic Highway'

This image from a set of animations show NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft exploring a new region in our solar system called the 'magnetic highway'.

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This artist's concept shows the different expected directions of the magnetic fields in interstellar space (black lines) and the magnetic field emanating from our sun (white lines) as NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft travels northward out of the heliosphere.
This artist's concept shows the different expected directions of the magnetic fields in interstellar space (black lines) and the magnetic field emanating from our sun (white lines) as NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft travels northward out of the heliosphere.

Solar and Interstellar Magnetic Fields

This artist's concept shows the different expected directions of the magnetic fields in interstellar space (black lines) and the magnetic field emanating from our sun (white lines) as NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft travels northward out of the heliosphere.

Target: Sun
Mission: Voyager
Spacecraft: Voyager 1
ID#: PIA16485
Added: 2012-12-03

Views: 4443

Solar and Interstellar Magnetic Fields

This artist's concept shows the different expected directions of the magnetic fields in interstellar space (black lines) and the magnetic field emanating from our sun (white lines) as NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft travels northward out of the heliosphere.

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This artist's concept shows plasma flows around NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft as it approaches interstellar space. Voyager 1's low-energy charged particle instrument detects the speed of the wind of plasma, or hot ionized gas, streaming off the sun.
This artist's concept shows plasma flows around NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft as it approaches interstellar space. Voyager 1's low-energy charged particle instrument detects the speed of the wind of plasma, or hot ionized gas, streaming off the sun.

Plasma Flow Near Voyager 1

This artist's concept shows plasma flows around NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft as it approaches interstellar space. Voyager 1's low-energy charged particle instrument detects the speed of the wind of plasma, or hot ionized gas, streaming off the sun.

Target: Sun
Mission: Voyager
Spacecraft: Voyager 1
ID#: PIA16483
Added: 2012-12-03

Views: 4484

Plasma Flow Near Voyager 1

This artist's concept shows plasma flows around NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft as it approaches interstellar space. Voyager 1's low-energy charged particle instrument detects the speed of the wind of plasma, or hot ionized gas, streaming off the sun.

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This artist's concept shows how NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft is bathed in solar wind from the southern hemisphere flowing northward. This phenomenon creates a layer of giant bubble of solar ions just inside the outer boundary of the heliosphere.
This artist's concept shows how NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft is bathed in solar wind from the southern hemisphere flowing northward. This phenomenon creates a layer of giant bubble of solar ions just inside the outer boundary of the heliosphere.

The Sun's Southern Wind Flows Northward

This artist's concept shows how NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft is bathed in solar wind from the southern hemisphere flowing northward. This phenomenon creates a layer of giant bubble of solar ions just inside the outer boundary of the heliosphere.

Target: Sun
Mission: Voyager
Spacecraft: Voyager 1
Instrument: Magnetometer
ID#: PIA16482
Added: 2012-12-03

Views: 3774

The Sun's Southern Wind Flows Northward

This artist's concept shows how NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft is bathed in solar wind from the southern hemisphere flowing northward. This phenomenon creates a layer of giant bubble of solar ions just inside the outer boundary of the heliosphere.

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Sparked by a medium-sized (C-class) flare, a long, magnetic filament burst out from the Sun, producing one of the best shows that SDO has seen (Aug. 31, 2012).
Sparked by a medium-sized (C-class) flare, a long, magnetic filament burst out from the Sun, producing one of the best shows that SDO has seen (Aug. 31, 2012).

Magnificent Outburst

Sparked by a medium-sized (C-class) flare, a long, magnetic filament burst out from the Sun, producing one of the best shows that SDO has seen (Aug. 31, 2012).

Target: Sun
Mission: Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)
ID#: PIA18167
Added: 2012-08-31

Views: 1323

Magnificent Outburst

Sparked by a medium-sized (C-class) flare, a long, magnetic filament burst out from the Sun, producing one of the best shows that SDO has seen (Aug. 31, 2012).

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This frame from an animation shows how the magnetic field lines emanating from our sun spiral out into the solar system as the sun rotates. NASA's Voyager 1 is in an area scientists are calling the stagnation region, at the outer layer of the heliosphere.
This frame from an animation shows how the magnetic field lines emanating from our sun spiral out into the solar system as the sun rotates. NASA's Voyager 1 is in an area scientists are calling the stagnation region, at the outer layer of the heliosphere.

The Sun's Magnetic Field

This frame from an animation shows how the magnetic field lines emanating from our sun spiral out into the solar system as the sun rotates. NASA's Voyager 1 is in an area scientists are calling the stagnation region, at the outer layer of the heliosphere.

Target: Sun
Mission: Voyager
Spacecraft: Voyager 1
ID#: PIA15179
Added: 2011-12-16

Views: 4324

The Sun's Magnetic Field

This frame from an animation shows how the magnetic field lines emanating from our sun spiral out into the solar system as the sun rotates. NASA's Voyager 1 is in an area scientists are calling the stagnation region, at the outer layer of the heliosphere.

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