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Hubble captures vivid image of aurora on Jupiter

This composite image shows an aurora at Jupiter's pole that that is larger than Earth.

NASA/ESA

This composite image shows an aurora at Jupiter's pole that that is larger than Earth.

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured an image from Jupiter’s north pole that could give the Giant Red Spot a challenge as the planet’s most spectacular feature.

Using the Hubble's ultraviolet sensing equipment, researchers have captured an aurora bigger than all of Earth. 

The image was released by the European Space Agency on Thursday and is actually a composite of two shots. The first is an optical shot taken by Hubble in spring 2014 and the second comes from its ultraviolet sensors and was taken this year.

Attention is focused on Jupiter this week as the solar-powered Juno spacecraft is on the final leg of a five-year, 1.8 billion-mile voyage to the biggest planet in the solar system.

As Juno approaches Jupiter late Monday, it will fire its main rocket engine to slow down and slip into orbit around the planet. 

 

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All Eyes: Capturing a beautiful moment between Evan Longoria and his daughter, Elle

Elle and her Dad.

SCOTT KEELER | Times

Elle and her Dad.

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria had just begun reading the children's book Mort the Sport by author Robert Kraus during the Reading with the Rays summer reading program at the St. Petersburg Public Library, Thursday, 6/30/16, when his daughter Elle, 3, jumped up on stage to join him.

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June 2016 ‘Reader Photo of the Month’ poll: 5 great photos from Tampa Bay Times readers

1. Babies first swim (Published June 5, 2016)

[Submitted by Robert Grossi, Spring Hill, FL.]

1. Babies first swim (Published June 5, 2016)

Baby Sandhill Cranes, ducklings and gators compete with a gorgeous Florida Panther and a spectacular sunset in this month's reader photo poll. Please cast your vote to help decide which of these five reader-submitted photos will wear the title of Reader Photo of the Month.

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#TBTimesGram Gallery: First days of summer; Week 2 assignment: Water

Beautiful #dunedinfl #florida #tbtimesgram #saturday

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Beautiful #dunedinfl #florida #tbtimesgram #saturday

First days of summer Instagram challenge is over. Thank you for your participation. Check out the top twenty photographs from last week.

This week's photo assignment: Water

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Welcome to Tampa Bay Times Instagram Challenge: First Day of Summer

6:34am - Monica Vernon works out on the beach during sunrise at North Shore Park in St. Pete on the first day of summer. Summer official begins at 6:34pm. Vernon was with her trainer MJ Van Voorst, owner and personal trainer with Go Fitness St. Pete. "We stopped going to the gym and decided to go to the beach," Vernon said. "It's very therapeutic." The two hit the beach for sunrise workouts three times a week. "It's amazing," Vernon said about the sunrise. "I miss it when I'm not here." The first day of summer officially begins in 12 hours at 6:34 pm on Monday, June 20th.

DIRK SHADD | Times

6:34am - Monica Vernon works out on the beach during sunrise at North Shore Park in St. Pete on the first day of summer. Summer official begins at 6:34pm. Vernon was with her trainer MJ Van Voorst, owner and personal trainer with Go Fitness St. Pete. "We stopped going to the gym and decided to go to the beach," Vernon said. "It's very therapeutic." The two hit the beach for sunrise workouts three times a week. "It's amazing," Vernon said about the sunrise. "I miss it when I'm not here." The first day of summer officially begins in 12 hours at 6:34 pm on Monday, June 20th.

Instagramers, welcome to #TBtimesgram! We want your photos!

Here's how to participate: Every Monday we will give you a photo assignment for the week, you will post your best image to your Instagram account using the hashtag #TBtimesgram, the best of those images will be curated and displayed the following Monday and featured in the All Eyes Photography Blog.

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All Eyes photo gallery: One Pulse Tattoo

 "Angel is a friend of ours," says Last, speaking of Angel Santiago, a survivor who spoke to the press about his story inside the club, "I think he got shot six times. I'm just trying to show my support for him and for the community." Amy Last, of Orlando, gets a free tattoo from Angel "Evil Tattu" Ruiza in remembrance of the victims of the Pulse shooting on Friday, June 17, 2016 at Anarchy Tattoos and Art Co. in Orlando. Angel "Evil Tattu" Ruiza, owner of Anarchy, decided to give away free tattoos honoring the Pulse shooting that left 50 dead on Sunday, June 12, 2016.

ZACK WITTMAN | Times

"Angel is a friend of ours," says Last, speaking of Angel Santiago, a survivor who spoke to the press about his story inside the club, "I think he got shot six times. I'm just trying to show my support for him and for the community." Amy Last, of Orlando, gets a free tattoo from Angel "Evil Tattu" Ruiza in remembrance of the victims of the Pulse shooting on Friday, June 17, 2016 at Anarchy Tattoos and Art Co. in Orlando. Angel "Evil Tattu" Ruiza, owner of Anarchy, decided to give away free tattoos honoring the Pulse shooting that left 50 dead on Sunday, June 12, 2016.

Angel "Evil Tattu" Ruiza, owner of Anarchy Tattoos and Art Co. in Orlando, decided to give away free tattoos honoring the Pulse shooting that left 50 dead on Sunday, June 12, 2016, "I don't wanna make money off of a tragedy like this," says Ruiza.

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All Eyes photo gallery: That time the pope met a tiger (w/video)

Pope Francis caresses a tiger during his audience to the "World of Travelling Shows" at Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Thursday, June 16, 2016.

Fabio Frustaci | Associated Press

Pope Francis caresses a tiger during his audience to the "World of Travelling Shows" at Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Thursday, June 16, 2016.

Pope Francis petted a tiger Thursday during his audience with the "World of Travelling Shows."

The pontiff greeted circus workers, musicians, acrobats, clowns and other performers during the presentation that was part of his Year of Mercy. He also met a black panther cub and a bird of prey.

While petting the 6-month-old tiger, Francis said, "You can also frighten the pope. You are powerful!"

The pope said to the performers, “You enrich society in the whole world with these qualities, also with the ambition to stoke feelings of hope and trust.”

Francis also thanked his audience for taking their performances to the needy, including poor communities, the homeless, prisoners and disadvantaged youth.

“This is also mercy: sowing beauty and cheerfulness in a world which is at times dark and sad,” he said.

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Supporters and protesters show up for Trump's campaign stop in Tampa (w/video)

A young girl holds a Trump sign at a Trump campaign rally at the Tampa Convention Center in downtown Tampa on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

A young girl holds a Trump sign at a Trump campaign rally at the Tampa Convention Center in downtown Tampa on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

Inside and outside supporters and protesters show up for the Donald Trump campaign stop in Tampa, Florida. Follow the reporters and photographers of the Tampa Bay Times for live coverage and reaction.

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Photo Studio 101 Workshop with Melissa Lyttle & Bob Croslin

Jackie Siegel is the Queen of Versailles. Versailles is the nickname of the 90,000-square foot mansion that's being billed as the largest house in America, and has been under construction since 2008. It's being built in the Orlando area, by Jackie and her husband David A. Siegel, founder of Westgate Resorts Ltd, a Florida based timeshare resort firm.

MELISSA LYTTLE | VICE Magazine and Broadly

Jackie Siegel is the Queen of Versailles. Versailles is the nickname of the 90,000-square foot mansion that's being billed as the largest house in America, and has been under construction since 2008. It's being built in the Orlando area, by Jackie and her husband David A. Siegel, founder of Westgate Resorts Ltd, a Florida based timeshare resort firm.

Where do I put the hair light? How far should the subject be from the background? What is the best type of light kit to use? These are just a few of the questions that will be answered on Saturday, June 11, with former Times staffers Melissa Lyttle and Bob Croslin. …

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May 2016 ‘Reader Photo of the Month’ poll: 5 great photos from Tampa Bay Times readers

1. Posing pelican on Pier 60 (Published May 1, 2016)

[Submitted by Kiersten Lapp, Hudson, FL.]

1. Posing pelican on Pier 60 (Published May 1, 2016)

You might say we are totally for the birds this month, but we think you'll also agree that these five reader-submitted photos are gorgeous or adorable (or both). Please cast your vote to help pick the one that will wear the title of Reader Photo of the Month.

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All Eyes photo gallery: On Memorial Day, the nation pays tribute to its war dead

Makenna Meyer, 3, places flags on graves Monday at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas. Makenna was with her mother, Air Force Maj. Jena Meyer.

Jay Janner | Austin American-Statesman via AP

Makenna Meyer, 3, places flags on graves Monday at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas. Makenna was with her mother, Air Force Maj. Jena Meyer.

Today we remember and honor all the service men and women who died in service of their country.

The first official observance of Memorial Day was May 28, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. 

After World War I, the holiday was extended to all soldiers who had fallen in all American wars.

Here are some of our Memorial Day articles:

• Since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the remains of those military personnel killed at the Pentagon and nearly 7,000 killed in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere around the globe have arrived at Dover Air Force Base, Del., to be identified and turned over to their families. John Harper talks about the high toll that work takes on those who serve there.

• Just days before William Branch left for a second combat tour in Vietnam, his wife bought him a black leather Bible. Last year, his daughter found it packed away in a box labeled "memories." In this piece, Jennifer Denard remembers her fallen father, verse by verse.  …

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All Eyes: The story behind the €'American Dream'€™ photo at West Point that went viral

Tears tream down the face of West Point Cadet Alix Idrache during the 2016 commencement ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Vito T. Bryant | U.S. Army

Tears tream down the face of West Point Cadet Alix Idrache during the 2016 commencement ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy.

As 2nd Lt. Alix Schoelcher Idrache stood at attention during the commencement ceremony at West Point, N.Y., on Saturday, he was overcome with emotion. Tears rolled down both cheeks, but his gloved left hand held firm on his white, gold and black "cover," the dress headgear that Army cadets wear.

The photograph of Idrache, by Army Staff Sgt. Vito T. Bryant, was published Tuesday on the Facebook page of West Point's U.S. Military Academy, and it almost immediately went viral. Part of that is Idrache's background: He worked his way through one of the nation's most prestigious military schools after immigrating to the United States from Haiti, earning his citizenship and serving for two years as an enlisted soldier with the Maryland Army National Guard, according to Army records.

"I woke up this morning and found my face all over Facebook and with it myriad of amazing comments about my accomplishments," Idrache wrote Tuesday on Facebook. "I am humbled and shocked at the same time. Thank you for giving me a shot at the American Dream and may God bless America, the greatest country on earth." …

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All Eyes photo gallery: Photos from Game 6 - Lightning vs. Penguins

Pamila Kaufman, of Tampa, left, and Don "Skully" Bradshaw, of Tampa, hang out at Ferg's Live before the start of Tuesday's (5/24/16) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins for game six of the Eastern Conference Finals at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.

[DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]

Pamila Kaufman, of Tampa, left, and Don "Skully" Bradshaw, of Tampa, hang out at Ferg's Live before the start of Tuesday's (5/24/16) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins for game six of the Eastern Conference Finals at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.

Three Tampa Bay Times photojournalists and three on-location photo editors tackled game six of the NHL playoff game at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL yesterday. The Lightning lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins, pushing the series to a seventh game to be played in Pittsburgh on Thursday. In case you missed the game, here are some photos that captured the heartbreaking defeat.

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Behind the lens: Baseball photographs away from the action

East Lake outfielder and pitcher Travis MacGregor (center) gathers his teammates for a pregame huddle before a Class 8A region final baseball game against Steinbrenner at Steinbrenner High School in Lutz, Fla., on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Steinbrenner went on to win the game 3-0.

[LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]

East Lake outfielder and pitcher Travis MacGregor (center) gathers his teammates for a pregame huddle before a Class 8A region final baseball game against Steinbrenner at Steinbrenner High School in Lutz, Fla., on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Steinbrenner went on to win the game 3-0.

I have a confession: my favorite lens for shooting high school baseball is a 24-70mm. A super telephoto lens, usually a 300mm or 400mm, is the first lens photographers turn to for this sport. The long focal length is key for getting in tight on action around the field. You'll never find me at a baseball game without at least a 300mm, but there's always a 24-70mm or 35mm hanging around my neck too.

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All Eyes photo gallery: The Tampa Bay Bucs visit Bevis Elementary

Buccaneers linebacker Kwon Alexander greets students at Bevis Elementary School in Lithia, Fla., on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Bucs players, personnel and representatives from the American Heart Association visited the school after it won the 2015-16 Buccaneers PLAY 60 Challenge, a program that encourages healthy lifestyles for students at local schools through physical activity.

[LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]

Buccaneers linebacker Kwon Alexander greets students at Bevis Elementary School in Lithia, Fla., on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Bucs players, personnel and representatives from the American Heart Association visited the school after it won the 2015-16 Buccaneers PLAY 60 Challenge, a program that encourages healthy lifestyles for students at local schools through physical activity.

I was recently given the opportunity to become the Tampa Bay Times' Buccaneers beat photographer. Covering a team in this capacity is about so much more than just showing up at games every Sunday. With the first game of the season happening on September 11, I have four months to begin forming relationships with team personnel and, to a lesser extent, players.

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