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Phobos Photobombs Hubble Mars Shots

The sharp eye of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured the tiny moon Phobos during its orbital trek around Mars. Because the moon is so small, it appears star-like in the Hubble pictures.

Over the course of 22 minutes, Hubble took 13 separate exposures, allowing astronomers to create a time-lapse video showing the diminutive moon’s orbital path. The Hubble observations were intended to photograph Mars, and the moon’s cameo appearance was a bonus.

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via NASA’s Hubble Sees Martian Moon Orbiting the Red Planet | NASA

No ownership claimed on images or material – Credit NASA

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Countdown to Cassini’s Grand Finale

Cassini is now on it’s way towards it’s grand and ultimately destructive finale! Using Saturn’s largest Moon titan to fling it into a polar orbit between Saturn’s ring and it’s outer atmosphere it will complete 22 weekly obits of Saturn before plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere on September 15th

via Countdown to Cassini’s Grand Finale / Cassini-Huygens / Space Science / Our Activities / ESA

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Titan on flyby to Cassini’s final orbit

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/cassini-s-first-grand-finale-dive-milestones

Have a look at the links to see more.

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Sliver of Saturn

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Although only a sliver of Saturn’s sunlit face is visible in this view, the mighty gas giant planet still dominates the view.

From this vantage point just beneath the ring plane, the dense B ring becomes dark and essentially opaque, letting almost no light pass through. But some light reflected by the planet passes through the less dense A ring, which appears above the B ring in this photo. The C ring, silhouetted just below the B ring, lets almost all of Saturn’s reflected light pass right through it, as if it were barely there at all. The F ring appears as a bright arc in this image, which is visible against both the backdrop of Saturn and the dark sky.

via Sliver of Saturn | NASA

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No ownership claimed on images or material – Credit NASA

NASA – Solar System: Things to Know This Week

I used to post these on a regular basis, but I’ve been leaving them lately. But the big news for this week is really about the last stages of Cassini’s Saturn mission.

The last maneuvers will be taking place soon, bringing Cassini between the planet’s outer atmosphere and it’s inner rings for a number of orbits before it’s final flight into the gas giant.

Read the full article here:

via NASA — Solar System: Things to Know This Week

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Seven Earth-size Planets Have Been Discovered Orbiting A Potentially Habitable Solar System

An exciting discovery from NASA that the world is talking about (via Sparkonit)

Seven Earth-size planets that could potentially harbor life have been spotted orbiting a dim dwarf star called Trappist-1, which is located at 39 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius. According to NASA, all seven could potentially support liquid water, on the surface, but only three represent the “holy grail for planet-hunting astronomers,” because they are…

via Seven Earth-size Planets Have Been Discovered Orbiting A Potentially Habitable Solar System — Sparkonit

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Images from the closest pass yet of Saturn’s RingS

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The Cassini probe has been capturing the most detailed and amazing images yet of Saturn’s rings. The spacecraft is making it’s final passes before it is plunged into Saturn later on in the year.

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via NASA just captured some of the most mind-blowing images of Saturn’s icy rings ever – ScienceAlert

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No ownership claimed on images or materials – Credit ESA / NASA