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Hubble takes close-up portrait of Jupiter

During April 2017 Jupiter is in opposition: it is at its closest to Earth and the hemisphere facing Earth is fully illuminated by the Sun. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope used this special configuration to capture an ...

dateApr 06, 2017 in Space Exploration
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Image: Jupiter on 25 February 2017

Earth is about to pass between the Sun and Jupiter, placing the giant planet opposite the Sun on 7 April. This event is termed 'opposition' by astronomers, and takes place roughly every 13 months. This is the length of time ...

dateApr 03, 2017 in Space Exploration
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Far away, so close

During the last few weeks of its mission, ESA's Rosetta spacecraft ventured closer than it had ever been to Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Eventually, it came to rest on the surface in a daring descent on 30 September ...

dateNov 14, 2016 in Space Exploration
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