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One Euro Coin -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: One Euro Coin

October 21, 2014 10:43 am | News | Comments

This 10X photo shows the surface details of a one euro coin. It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using confocal reflection microscopy, Z-stacking and maximum intensity projection.

Major Hurricane Gonzalo Approaches Bermuda

October 20, 2014 9:19 am | by NASA | News | Comments

This image of Hurricane Gonzalo was taken from the International Space Station by European Space...

Milky Way Glitters Brightly over Chile

October 16, 2014 8:46 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | News | Comments

The Milky Way glitters brightly over the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array’s (ALMA)...

Female Flower of a Madwort

October 15, 2014 3:37 pm | News | Comments

This 10X photo shows the female flower of a madwort. It received an Image of Distinction...

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Quail Embryo -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Quail Embryo

October 14, 2014 4:34 pm | News | Comments

This 0.17X photo shows a quail embryo at embryonic day 13. It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

Haunting Image of Jack-O-Lantern Sun -- Courtesy of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/SDO

NASA Captures Haunting Image of Jack-O-Lantern Sun

October 13, 2014 10:36 am | by Karen Fox (ASI), NASA | News | Comments

On October 8, 2014, active regions on the sun combined to look something like a jack-o-lantern’s face. This image is a blend of 171 and 193 angstrom light as captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory. The active regions appear brighter, because those are areas that emit more light and energy — markers of an intense and complex set of magnetic fields hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona.

Algae Micrasterias Americana -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Desmid Micrasterias Americana

October 10, 2014 3:51 pm | News | Comments

This 50X photo shows the algae Micrasterias Americana. It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken by Marek Mis using polarized light.

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First Spacewalk of Expedition 41 -- Courtesy of NASA/ESA/Alexander Gerst

Astronaut Reid Wiseman on the First Spacewalk of Expedition 41

October 9, 2014 12:25 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

On October 7, 2014, NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst completed the first of three spacewalks for the Expedition 41 crew aboard the International Space Station. The spacewalkers worked outside the space station's Quest airlock for 6 hours and 13 minutes, relocating a failed cooling pump to external stowage and installing gear that provides back up power to external robotics equipment.

Fern Sorus -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Fern Reproduction: A Sorus, Stray Spores and Stomata

October 8, 2014 10:26 am | News | Comments

This 64X photo shows a fern sorus, which produces and contains spores, along with stray spores and stomata. It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

Live Soft Coral -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Live Soft Coral

October 7, 2014 3:13 pm | News | Comments

This 20X photo shows a single live soft coral (Ricordea florida). It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

NGC 5474, a dwarf galaxy located 21 million light-years away -- Courtesy of ESA/NASA

Hubble Sees a Dwarf Galaxy Shaped by a Grand Design

October 6, 2014 2:53 pm | by European Space Agency | News | Comments

The subject of this Hubble image is NGC 5474, a dwarf galaxy located 21 million light-years away in the constellation of Ursa Major (The Great Bear). This beautiful image was taken with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS). The term "dwarf galaxy" may sound diminutive, but don't let that fool you — NGC 5474 contains several billion stars!

This 600X photograph of a Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) seminal vesicle received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microsc

Fruit Fly Privates

October 3, 2014 2:57 pm | News | Comments

This 600X photograph of a Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) seminal vesicle received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The confocal image was created by Barbara Laurinyecz of University of Szeged, Department of Genetics, Szeged, Hungary using fluorescence.

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A few days after autumn showed up on the calendar in the Northern Hemisphere, it showed up on the landscape of North America. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this view of fall colors around the

Fall Colors Have Arrived

October 2, 2014 2:28 pm | News | Comments

A few days after autumn showed up on the calendar in the Northern Hemisphere, it showed up on the landscape of North America. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this view of fall colors around the Great Lakes on Sept. 26, 2014.

Looking for Comets in a Sea of Stars

October 1, 2014 3:11 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

On a July night this summer, a 5,200-pound balloon gondola hangs from a crane and moves toward the open doors of a building at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Md. The telescopes and instruments carried by the gondola, which are part of NASA’s Balloon Observation Platform for Planetary Science (BOPPS), are calibrated by taking a long look at the stars and other objects in the sky.

This 5x photo of pipevine swallowtail butterfly (Battus philenor) eggs on stem of host plant, Aristolochia fimbriata, received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence

Butterfly Eggs Reclining

September 30, 2014 2:27 pm | News | Comments

This 5x photo of pipevine swallowtail butterfly (Battus philenor) eggs on stem of host plant, Aristolochia fimbriata, received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The image was taken using focus stacking by David Millard of Austin, Texas.

The Soyuz TMA-14M rocket is launched with Expedition 41 Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) Flight Engineer Elena Serova of Roscosmos, and Flight Engineer Barry Wilmore of NASA, Friday, September 26, 2014

Expedition 41 Crew is ISS Bound

September 29, 2014 2:59 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The Soyuz TMA-14M rocket is launched with Expedition 41 Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) Flight Engineer Elena Serova of Roscosmos, and Flight Engineer Barry Wilmore of NASA, Friday, September 26, 2014 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Star-shaped Algae -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Star-shaped Algae

September 26, 2014 9:36 am | News | Comments

This 40X photo shows the star-shaped algae Micrasterias radiosa. It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken by Rogelio Moreno Gill.

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King Fire in Eldorado National Forest -- NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey

King Fire in Eldorado National Forest, California

September 25, 2014 4:33 pm | by Adam Voiland, NASA | News | Comments

On September 19, 2014, the Operational Land Imager on the Landsat 8 satellite captured these images of the King fire in Eldorado National Forest. In the false-color image, burned forest appears red; unaffected forests are green; cleared forest is beige; and smoke is blue. As of September 23, the blaze had charred 89,571 acres.

Sunrise at the Soyuz Launch Pad -- Courtesy of NASA/Joel Kowsky

Sunrise at the Soyuz Launch Pad

September 24, 2014 12:05 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The sun rises as the Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft is rolled out by train to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, September 23, 2014. Launch of the Soyuz rocket is scheduled for September 25 and will carry Expedition 41 Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Barry Wilmore of NASA, and Flight Engineer Elena Serova of Roscosmos into orbit

Mouse Adipose (Fat) Tissue -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Fat Tissue from a Mouse

September 23, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

This 25X photo shows mouse adipose tissue. It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken byDaniela Malide of the National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

This mosaic of images from the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows two dramatic star formation regions in the southern Milky Way. The first is of these, on the left, is dominated by the star cl

Spectacular Landscape of Star Formation

September 22, 2014 11:51 am | by European Southern Observatory - ESO | News | Comments

This image, captured by the Wide Field Imager at La Silla Observatory, shows two dramatic star formation regions in the southern Milky Way. The first of these, on the left, is dominated by the star cluster NGC 3603, located 20,000 light-years away, in the Carina-Sagittarius spiral arm of the Milky Way galaxy. The second object, on the right, is a collection of glowing gas clouds known as NGC 3576 that lies only about half as far from Earth.

Whirligig Beetle -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Whirligig Beetle Swimming Leg

September 19, 2014 3:19 pm | News | Comments

This 25X photo shows the swimming leg of a whirligig beetle (Gyrinus sp.). It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken by David Linstead.

Common Orange Lichen -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Common Orange Lichen

September 18, 2014 2:26 pm | News | Comments

This 4X photo shows a close-up of common orange lichen (Xanthoria parietina), a partnership between a fungus and a green alga. It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

Florida to Louisiana  -- Courtesy of NASA

Florida to Louisiana Viewed from International Space Station

September 17, 2014 1:43 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman captured this image of Florida to Louisiana just before dawn, taken from the International Space Station, and posted it to social media on Friday, September 12, 2014. Wiseman, Commander Max Suraev and Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst began their first full workweek Monday, September 15, as a three-person crew aboard the space station

Flying through an Aurora  -- Courtesy of NASA/ESA/Alexander Gerst

Flying through an Aurora

September 16, 2014 2:40 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst posted this photograph taken from the International Space Station to social media on August 29, 2014, writing, "words can't describe how it feels flying through an #aurora. I wouldn't even know where to begin…." Crewmembers on the space station photograph the Earth from their unique point of view located 200 miles above the surface.

Tobacco Leaf Epidermal Cells -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Tobacco Leaf Epidermal Cells

September 15, 2014 3:10 pm | News | Comments

This 63X photo shows an expression of a fluorescently labeled protein in Tobacco leaf epidermal cells. It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

Supernova Remains -- Courtesy of  NASA/CXC/IAFE/G.Dubner et al & ESA/XMM-Newton

Unprecedented X-ray View of Supernova Remains

September 12, 2014 11:50 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The destructive results of a powerful supernova explosion reveal themselves in a delicate tapestry of X-ray light, as seen in this image from NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton. The image shows the remains of a supernova that would have been witnessed on Earth about 3,700 years ago. The remnant is called Puppis A and is around 7,000 light years away and about 10 light years across.

Space Launch System Takes Flight -- Courtesy of NASA/MSFC

Space Launch System Takes Flight

September 11, 2014 2:39 pm | News | Comments

Artist concept of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) 70-metric-ton configuration launching to space. SLS will be the most powerful rocket ever built for deep space missions, including to an asteroid and ultimately to Mars. The first SLS mission — Exploration Mission 1 — will launch an uncrewed Orion spacecraft to a stable orbit beyond the moon.

Astronaut's View from Space -- Courtesy of NASA/Reid Wiseman (@astro_reid)

An Astronaut's View from Space

September 10, 2014 3:02 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman tweeted this photo from the International Space Station on Tuesday morning, September 2, 2014. "My favorite views from #space – just past #sunrise over the ocean," the Expedition 40 astronaut tweeted. The Expedition 40 crew has been busy aboard the Space Station, recently performing health checks and humanoid robot upgrades.

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