This close-up of the sun shows churning solar plasma, manipulated by magnetic forces. The arch visible in the image, at the sun’s edge, has risen at multiple times Earth’s size.
On July 3, the SpaceX Dragon capsule reentered Earth’s atmosphere, landing in the Pacific Ocean. In this image, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer photographed the spacecraft (the bright streak in bottom left) reentering, from the International Space Station.
This galaxy cluster, around 6 billion light-years away from Earth, contains hundreds of galaxies. The blue line, on the left, contains a distant galaxy in the background, which has been magnified in this image through gravitational lensing.
This image, taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, shows the surface of Ceres, a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. On the left, see Hakumyi Crater, which measures 18 miles in diameter.
Galaxy SDSS J1110+6459 is 6 billion light-years from Earth, too far for even NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to capture sharply. This illustration, created by an artist, shows what the galaxy could look like close-up: young stars (blue) scattered amidst star formation (pink).
In this image, taken by ESO’s Very Large Telescope, see a face-on view of the arms and dust lanes of Messier 77, a barred spiral galaxy.
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