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Neptune taken by Hubble Telescope.
Photographs of Neptune taken by the Hubble Space Telescope have been assembled into time-lapse movies that show the planet's dynamic atmosphere and satellites. This natural view image is what you'd see if you saw the planet with your own eyes.
After 5 years of construction, the Southern African Large telescope is now online, and has captured its first images - the beautiful Lagoon Nebula, globular star cluster 47 Tucanae; and NGC6744. The observatory has a massive 10 x 11 metre hexagonal segmented mirror, and state of the art scientific instrumentation. This new observatory provides a good view into the southern skies, which are less covered than the northern hemisphere. More scientific instruments are still being installed, and should be completed within the next few months.
This beautiful photograph looks down at Saturn, and partially through its rings from the unlit side. Apart from being a pretty picture, scientists can use images like this to precisely measure the concentration of ring particles. If you look carefully, you can also see Saturn's tiny Moon Atlas (32 km or 20 miles across), as a dark spot in front of the planet.
NASA's Spirit rover has reached the summit of Husband Hill, and is now taking some time to enjoy the view. After climbing for months, the hardy rover is now 106 m (348) feet higher than it was when it first landed. This view from above gives mission planners a chance to analyze the terrain in all directions and decide where to send Spirit next.
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