Gemini Observatory 23 Jul 2009, 20:12 UTC Jupiter is sporting a glowing bruise after getting unexpectedly whacked by a small solar system object, according to astronomers using the Gemini North telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawai'i. A spectacular new mid-infrared image is available for download on this page.
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory 23 Jul 2009, 17:00 UTC Officially known as 1E0102.2-7129, a supernova remnant in the Small Magellanic Cloud.
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope 23 Jul 2009, 17:00 UTC Spitzer Space Telescope has imaged a wild creature of the dark -- a coiled galaxy with an eye-like object at its center.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 22 Jul 2009, 19:07 UTC Data collected during two close flybys of Saturn's moon Enceladus by NASA's Cassini spacecraft add more fuel to the fire about the Saturnian ice world containing sub-surface liquid water.
South African Astronomical Observatory 21 Jul 2009, 22:00 UTC On the Sunday 19th of July, Australian amateur astronomer Anthony Wesley discovered a new dark "scar" on the surface of Jupiter. He then tipped-off NASA, who did follow-up observations using the Infrared Telescope Facility on Mt. Mauna Kea in Hawaii, and found evidence for an object hitting Jupiter.A bright spot in the infrared was seen in southern hemisphere of the giant gas planet, believed to be due to the upwelling of particles in its upper atmospheric layers. A dark spot was also seen in the NASA images, indicating remaining debris from the impact. This follows, almost exactly 15 years after the well known Shoemaker-Levy 9 (SL9) comet crashed into Jupiter. SL9 were torn into several pieces by Jupiter's gravitational tidal forces before hitting the planet. According to South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) astronomer Dr. John Menzies, the dark and bright spots in the NASA images are "remarkably similar" to infrared images of the SL9 impact(s) he and other SAAO astronomers took 15 years ago and beamed around the world. It will be difficult to tell whether the impactor in this case is also a comet or something else. Astronomers around the world will continue to monitor the impact site and ...
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 21 Jul 2009, 19:07 UTC A live videocast and chat from JPL will give viewers a chance to ask questions of rover team members working to get Spirit rolling again.