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Mars Global Surveyor Snaps a Picture of Earth

May 22, 2003 - Ever wondered what the Earth would look like seen through a small telescope on Mars? Currently in orbit around the Red Planet, NASA's Mars Global Surveyor took pictures of the Earth and Jupiter on May 8th, when they were aligned in the Martian sky. The image shows our planet in a "half-Earth" phase, and was processed so that both Earth and Moon are visible in the picture. The photograph shows Jupiter as well, including three of its brightest satellites.

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Galaxy Orbiting Milky Way in the Wrong Direction

May 22, 2003 - Before this week, "Complex H" was thought to be a strange cloud of stars with an unusual trajectory near the Milky Way. But as it turns out, this object is actually a companion Galaxy crashing into the outer reaches of our own Galaxy in exactly the opposite direction of the Milky Way's rotation. New observations from the National Science Foundation's Robert C. Byrd Green Bank telescope (the world's largest steerable radio telescope) have placed the object at 108,000 light years from the Milky Way's centre.

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Uncovering More Details About the Solar Wind

May 22, 2003 - The ESA's SOHO spacecraft has uncovered new details about the Sun's solar wind which might overturn previously held theories about exactly how the wind is generated. Astronomers believed that the fast wind emanates from gaps between giant plumes found near the Sun's polar regions. But the new theory, supported by data from SOHO is that it's the plumes themselves which are hurling the particles of the fast wind into space. If this controversial theory turns out to be correct, it will clear up a big misunderstanding about the Sun.

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