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It was a dark and stormy flyby... 🛰️🌀⁣ ⁣ Our @NASAJuno spacecraft's JunoCam captured images of the chaotic, stormy northern hemisphere of Jupiter during its 24th close pass of the giant planet on Dec. 26, 2019. Using data from the flyby, citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill created this color-enhanced image. At the time, the spacecraft was about 14,600 miles (23,500 kilometers) from the tops of Jupiter’s clouds, at a latitude of about 69 degrees north.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: Image data: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS⁣ Image processing by Kevin M. Gill, © CC BY⁣ ⁣ #juno #jupiter #storms #clouds #facesinplaces #junocam

It was a dark and stormy flyby... 🛰️🌀⁣
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Our @NASAJuno spacecraft's JunoCam captured images of the chaotic, stormy northern hemisphere of Jupiter during its 24th close pass of the giant planet on Dec. 26, 2019. Using data from the flyby, citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill created this color-enhanced image. At the time, the spacecraft was about 14,600 miles (23,500 kilometers) from the tops of Jupiter’s clouds, at a latitude of about 69 degrees north.⁣
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Image Credit: Image data: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS⁣
Image processing by Kevin M. Gill, © CC BY⁣
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#juno #jupiter #storms #clouds #facesinplaces #junocam
949447 2784 2 days ago

The light cannot exist without the dark 🖤⁣ ⁣ This spiral galaxy, beautifully streaked with tendrils of reddish dust, was captured by @NASAHubble as a part of a black hole study. Black holes are fundamental components of galaxies and are thought to lurk at the hearts of many — if not all — spirals.⁣ ⁣ Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Seth ⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Galaxy #BlackHoles

The light cannot exist without the dark 🖤⁣
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This spiral galaxy, beautifully streaked with tendrils of reddish dust, was captured by @NASAHubble as a part of a black hole study. Black holes are fundamental components of galaxies and are thought to lurk at the hearts of many — if not all — spirals.⁣
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Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣
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Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Seth ⁣
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#NASA #Galaxy #BlackHoles
871364 2327 3 days ago

Get. Excited. People. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ America (and the world’s) most powerful rocket is gearing up to check off a major milestone with its Green Run test series. Locked and loaded into its test stand at @NASAStennis, our Space Launch System is being prepped for the first top-to-bottom integrated testing of the stage’s systems prior to its #Artemis Moon mission flights.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ Green Run testing will take place over several months and culminates with an eight-minute, full-duration hot fire of the stage’s four RS-25 engines to generate 2 million pounds of thrust, as during an actual launch. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Image Credit: NASA ⁣ #NASA #Space #GetExcited #Rockets

Get. Excited. People. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣
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America (and the world’s) most powerful rocket is gearing up to check off a major milestone with its Green Run test series. Locked and loaded into its test stand at @NASAStennis, our Space Launch System is being prepped for the first top-to-bottom integrated testing of the stage’s systems prior to its #Artemis Moon mission flights.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣
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Green Run testing will take place over several months and culminates with an eight-minute, full-duration hot fire of the stage’s four RS-25 engines to generate 2 million pounds of thrust, as during an actual launch. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣
Image Credit: NASA ⁣
#NASA #Space #GetExcited #Rockets
1193075 4594 4 days ago

A little blob of paint on the masterpiece of the night sky 🎨⁣ ⁣ @NASAHubble spotted this bright, round galaxy located 200 million light-years away, in the southern constellation of Pictor (the Painter’s Easel). ⁣ ⁣ Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Bellini et al.⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Space #Galaxy

A little blob of paint on the masterpiece of the night sky 🎨⁣
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@NASAHubble spotted this bright, round galaxy located 200 million light-years away, in the southern constellation of Pictor (the Painter’s Easel). ⁣
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Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣
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Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Bellini et al.⁣
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#NASA #Space #Galaxy
804529 2557 6 days ago

Just look at it. 🌏 Taken by astronauts on the International Space Station (@iss), this image captures the essence and beauty of our delicate blue marble. Here, the Sun's glint beams over the Philippine Sea highlighting the clouds and their shadows during an orbital sunrise. Image Credit: NASA

Just look at it. 🌏

Taken by astronauts on the International Space Station (@iss), this image captures the essence and beauty of our delicate blue marble. Here, the Sun's glint beams over the Philippine Sea highlighting the clouds and their shadows during an orbital sunrise.

Image Credit: NASA
997551 4529 8 days ago

Teamwork makes the dream work 🤝⁣ ⁣ Astronauts Christina Koch (@astro_christina) and Jessica Meir (@astro_jessica) work together outside the International Space Station to move a large battery during a Jan. 15 spacewalk, in this image captured by their crewmate Luca Parmitano of @europeanspaceagency.⁣ ⁣ The two NASA astronauts successfully replaced nickel-hydrogen batteries with newer, more powerful lithium-ion batteries for the power channel on one pair of the station’s solar arrays. Meir and Koch are scheduled to venture outside again Monday, Jan. 20, for the final spacewalk to complete an upgrade of the station's power systems.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: ESA/NASA⁣ ⁣ #nasa #spacewalk #astronaut #teamwork

Teamwork makes the dream work 🤝⁣
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Astronauts Christina Koch (@astro_christina) and Jessica Meir (@astro_jessica) work together outside the International Space Station to move a large battery during a Jan. 15 spacewalk, in this image captured by their crewmate Luca Parmitano of @europeanspaceagency.⁣
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The two NASA astronauts successfully replaced nickel-hydrogen batteries with newer, more powerful lithium-ion batteries for the power channel on one pair of the station’s solar arrays. Meir and Koch are scheduled to venture outside again Monday, Jan. 20, for the final spacewalk to complete an upgrade of the station's power systems.⁣
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Image Credit: ESA/NASA⁣
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#nasa #spacewalk #astronaut #teamwork
608917 1763 10 days ago

Flying towards the future 🚀 On Dec. 20, 2019, @boeing conducted its first ever Orbital Flight Test. This test brings us closer to launching @nasaastronauts to the @iss from American soil. Watch the Starliner story! #nasa #space #starliner #boeing #commercialcrew

Flying towards the future 🚀

On Dec. 20, 2019, @boeing conducted its first ever Orbital Flight Test. This test brings us closer to launching @nasaastronauts to the @iss from American soil. Watch the Starliner story!

#nasa #space #starliner #boeing #commercialcrew
296011 1239 11 days ago

Was 2019 an eventful year for you? It certainly was for our home planet. ⁣ ⁣ Last year, Earth experienced volcanic eruptions, tropical cyclones, a total solar eclipse and much more. What better way to reflect on the events of 2019 than through the “eyes” of our Earth-observing satellites? These space assets constantly orbit our globe and provide invaluable information to scientists, government agencies and people like you. ⁣ ⁣ For more information, click the link the bio ⬆️⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Earth #2019

Was 2019 an eventful year for you? It certainly was for our home planet. ⁣
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Last year, Earth experienced volcanic eruptions, tropical cyclones, a total solar eclipse and much more. What better way to reflect on the events of 2019 than through the “eyes” of our Earth-observing satellites? These space assets constantly orbit our globe and provide invaluable information to scientists, government agencies and people like you. ⁣
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For more information, click the link the bio ⬆️⁣
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#NASA #Earth #2019
1206274 3673 12 days ago

The frozen surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus 🥶 ⁣ ⁣ Enceladus' bright white coating of ice may look similar to where you live this time of year. It may be similar to Earth in other ways — though only about 310 miles (500 km) across, it is thought to have a very active world of liquid salty water, simple organic materials, and hydrothermal vents in a vast ocean beneath its crust. So active, in fact, that a plume of icy material continuously spews from the “tiger stripes” (fractures in the crust) on its South Pole hundreds of miles into space, even contributing to forming one of Saturn’s outer, icy rings.⁣ ⁣ This image was taken in 2015 on a flyby from our now-completed #Cassini mission, from which scientists are still analyzing data today. Enceladus remains a prime target for future exploration of worlds in our solar system where life could exist.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute⁣ ⁣ #NASA #ice #moon #saturn #winter #icecold

The frozen surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus 🥶 ⁣
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Enceladus' bright white coating of ice may look similar to where you live this time of year. It may be similar to Earth in other ways — though only about 310 miles (500 km) across, it is thought to have a very active world of liquid salty water, simple organic materials, and hydrothermal vents in a vast ocean beneath its crust. So active, in fact, that a plume of icy material continuously spews from the “tiger stripes” (fractures in the crust) on its South Pole hundreds of miles into space, even contributing to forming one of Saturn’s outer, icy rings.⁣
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This image was taken in 2015 on a flyby from our now-completed #Cassini mission, from which scientists are still analyzing data today. Enceladus remains a prime target for future exploration of worlds in our solar system where life could exist.⁣
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Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute⁣
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#NASA #ice #moon #saturn #winter #icecold
942385 3190 13 days ago

What a good Moon. 🌙⁣ ⁣ This image of a waxing crescent Moon was taken on the International Space Station (@ISS), as it orbited 260 miles (418 kilometers) above the north African country of Algeria on Jan. 1, 2020.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Space #Moon #horizon #spacestation

What a good Moon. 🌙⁣
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This image of a waxing crescent Moon was taken on the International Space Station (@ISS), as it orbited 260 miles (418 kilometers) above the north African country of Algeria on Jan. 1, 2020.⁣
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Image Credit: NASA⁣
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#NASA #Space #Moon #horizon #spacestation
1306681 4909 14 days ago

Forget caps and gowns. They’re getting spacesuits. 👩‍🚀 ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ We welcomed 13 new astronauts today! The new astronauts successfully completed more than two years of required basic training and are the first to graduate under the Artemis program.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ From left are, NASA astronaut Jonny Kim (@jonnyykim), @CanadianSpaceAgency (CSA) astronaut Joshua Kutryk, NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins (@astro_watkins), CSA astronaut Jennifer Sidey-Gibbon (@astro_jenni), NASA astronauts Kayla Barron (@astro_kayla), Jasmin Moghbeli (@astrojaws), Loral O'Hara, Zena Cardman (@zenanaut), Raja Chari, Matthew Dominick (@matthew.dominick), Bob Hines (@astro_farmerbob) and Warren Hoburg (@whoburg). ⁣⁣ ⁣ They are now eligible for assignments to the International Space Station (@ISS), Artemis missions to the Moon, and ultimately, missions to Mars.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #NASA #NewAstronauts #Artemis #turtlesofinstagram

Forget caps and gowns. They’re getting spacesuits. 👩‍🚀 ⁣⁣
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We welcomed 13 new astronauts today! The new astronauts successfully completed more than two years of required basic training and are the first to graduate under the Artemis program.⁣⁣
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From left are, NASA astronaut Jonny Kim (@jonnyykim), @CanadianSpaceAgency (CSA) astronaut Joshua Kutryk, NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins (@astro_watkins), CSA astronaut Jennifer Sidey-Gibbon (@astro_jenni), NASA astronauts Kayla Barron (@astro_kayla), Jasmin Moghbeli (@astrojaws), Loral O'Hara, Zena Cardman (@zenanaut), Raja Chari, Matthew Dominick (@matthew.dominick), Bob Hines (@astro_farmerbob) and Warren Hoburg (@whoburg). ⁣⁣
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They are now eligible for assignments to the International Space Station (@ISS), Artemis missions to the Moon, and ultimately, missions to Mars.⁣⁣
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Image Credit: NASA⁣⁣
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#NASA #NewAstronauts #Artemis #turtlesofinstagram
1004342 5176 17 days ago

Reaching new heights! Today marks @Astro_Christina’s 300th day in space. In December, Christina set the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, eclipsing the record of 288 days set by former astronaut Peggy Whitson. Her extended mission is helping us learn how to keep astronauts healthy for deep space exploration to the Moon and Mars. #CongratsChristina #NASA #Space #BreakingRecords #whoruntheworld

Reaching new heights! 
Today marks @Astro_Christina’s 300th day in space. In December, Christina set the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, eclipsing the record of 288 days set by former astronaut Peggy Whitson. Her extended mission is helping us learn how to keep astronauts healthy for deep space exploration to the Moon and Mars.

#CongratsChristina #NASA #Space #BreakingRecords #whoruntheworld
332016 2477 18 days ago

Unveiling the secrets of the Swan Nebula 🦢⁣ ⁣ One of the most massive star-forming regions in our galaxy came to resemble the shape of a swan’s neck only relatively recently. ⁣ ⁣ This new image from the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or @sofiatelescope, is helping scientists chronicle the evolution of this awe-inspiring nebula. Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Credits: NASA/SOFIA/De Buizer/Radomski/Lim; NASA/JPL-Caltech; ESA/Herschel⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Space #Nebula

Unveiling the secrets of the Swan Nebula 🦢⁣
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One of the most massive star-forming regions in our galaxy came to resemble the shape of a swan’s neck only relatively recently. ⁣
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This new image from the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or @sofiatelescope, is helping scientists chronicle the evolution of this awe-inspiring nebula. Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣
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Credits: NASA/SOFIA/De Buizer/Radomski/Lim; NASA/JPL-Caltech; ESA/Herschel⁣
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#NASA #Space #Nebula
3030 20 days ago

Thick blankets of smoke engulf southeastern Australia as a record-setting fire season grips the nation. ⁣ ⁣ Drought conditions have already primed many regions for unusually high and intense fire activity this year. This image was acquired on Jan. 4, 2020, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on our Aqua satellite.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: Joshua Stevens, using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview. ⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Earth #Australia #Wildfires #AustraliaFires

Thick blankets of smoke engulf southeastern Australia as a record-setting fire season grips the nation. ⁣
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Drought conditions have already primed many regions for unusually high and intense fire activity this year. This image was acquired on Jan. 4, 2020, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on our Aqua satellite.⁣
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Image Credit: Joshua Stevens, using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview. ⁣
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#NASA #Earth #Australia #Wildfires #AustraliaFires
3156 21 days ago

Queens, goddesses and sequins. This spiral galaxy has a tangled legend. 👸 ✨ 🔱⁣ ⁣ This glistening galaxy is located in the constellation Coma Berenice (Berenice's Hair), the only modern constellation to be named in honor of a real person. The story goes that Queen Berenice II of Egypt (3rd century BCE) vowed to sacrifice locks of her hair to the gods to ensure her husband Ptolemy III's safe return from battle. Upon his homecoming, she fulfilled her promise and cut off her long tresses and placed them in goddess Aphrodite's temple. But the next day they went missing. The court astronomer explained to the furious queen and king that Aphrodite was so pleased with the sacrifice that she scattered Berenice's tresses in the heavens, pointing their eyes to a fuzzy patch in the sky about 45 million light-years away.⁣ ⁣Credit: @NASAHubble/@esa/I. Karachentsev et al.⁣ ⁣ #longhairdontcare #sequins #nasa #space #galaxy #hubble #hairtodaystarstomorrow

Queens, goddesses and sequins. This spiral galaxy has a tangled legend. 👸 ✨ 🔱⁣
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This glistening galaxy is located in the constellation Coma Berenice (Berenice's Hair), the only modern constellation to be named in honor of a real person. The story goes that Queen Berenice II of Egypt (3rd century BCE) vowed to sacrifice locks of her hair to the gods to ensure her husband Ptolemy III's safe return from battle. Upon his homecoming, she fulfilled her promise and cut off her long tresses and placed them in goddess Aphrodite's temple. But the next day they went missing. The court astronomer explained to the furious queen and king that Aphrodite was so pleased with the sacrifice that she scattered Berenice's tresses in the heavens, pointing their eyes to a fuzzy patch in the sky about 45 million light-years away.⁣ ⁣Credit: @NASAHubble/@esa/I. Karachentsev et al.⁣
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#longhairdontcare #sequins #nasa #space #galaxy #hubble #hairtodaystarstomorrow
2813 23 days ago

You can’t spell Earth without ART. 🌍 🎨 ⁣ ⁣ When the African and Eurasian tectonic plates collided 80 million years ago, layers of limestone, sandstone, claystone and gypsum crumpled to form the Anti-Atlas Mountains. ⁣ ⁣ In this image of southwest Morocco, visible, near infrared and short wavelength infrared bands are combined to highlight the different rock types. The image was acquired in 2007 by the Terra satellite. Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Space Systems, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Earth #Art

You can’t spell Earth without ART. 🌍 🎨 ⁣
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When the African and Eurasian tectonic plates collided 80 million years ago, layers of limestone, sandstone, claystone and gypsum crumpled to form the Anti-Atlas Mountains. ⁣
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In this image of southwest Morocco, visible, near infrared and short wavelength infrared bands are combined to highlight the different rock types. The image was acquired in 2007 by the Terra satellite. Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣
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Image Credit: NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Space Systems, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team⁣
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#NASA #Earth #Art
3346 24 days ago

Why is the sky blue? This age-old question may not be unique to Earthlings after all. ⁣ ⁣ Though its surface may look like many a barren terrain in our solar system, this image actually depicts the sapphire haze around Pluto. ⁣ ⁣ 😮💙🎨⁣ ⁣ Colors, both those the human eye can see and those measured by other instruments, tell scientists a lot about the distant worlds they are viewing. Like on our own planet, a blue sky often results from the scattering of sunlight by very small particles in the atmosphere. What blocks light out in space can be just as important. If you follow the outline of the planet very closely, you can even see topographical features like mountains illuminated on the top right (near the 4 o’clock position). ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/@johnshopkinsapl/@souhwestresearchinstitute⁣ ⁣ #NASA #pluto #solarsystem #blueskies #science

Why is the sky blue? This age-old question may not be unique to Earthlings after all. ⁣
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Though its surface may look like many a barren terrain in our solar system, this image actually depicts the sapphire haze around Pluto. ⁣
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 Colors, both those the human eye can see and those measured by other instruments, tell scientists a lot about the distant worlds they are viewing. Like on our own planet, a blue sky often results from the scattering of sunlight by very small particles in the atmosphere. What blocks light out in space can be just as important. If you follow the outline of the planet very closely, you can even see topographical features like mountains illuminated on the top right (near the 4 o’clock position). ⁣
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Image Credit: NASA/@johnshopkinsapl/@souhwestresearchinstitute⁣
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#NASA #pluto #solarsystem #blueskies #science
2070 25 days ago

This month brings the peak of the Quadrantid meteor shower, Mars rises with its "rival" — the red giant star Antares — and the Moon and Venus pair up. Watch this video to discover when and where to look up! 🔭🌙🌠

This month brings the peak of the Quadrantid meteor shower, Mars rises with its
1544 25 days ago

“New year. New me.” — the Sun ⁣ 🎊🌎☀️📅🥳🌅 ⁣ The very star we use to mark time and our place in the universe is itself constantly in flux. Our Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite helps us understand the causes of solar variability and its impacts on Earth. By measuring how the Sun's magnetic field is generated and structured, we can study how it affects our lives and technology. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ Swipe ⬅️ to see solar images captured today in different wavelengths that scientists can use to paint a full picture of our constantly changing Sun.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #nasa #sunshine #newyearsday #newyear #newyearnewme #space

“New year. New me.” — the Sun
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🎊🌎☀️📅🥳🌅
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The very star we use to mark time and our place in the universe is itself constantly in flux. Our Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite helps us understand the causes of solar variability and its impacts on Earth. By measuring how the Sun's magnetic field is generated and structured, we can study how it affects our lives and technology. ⁣⁣⁣
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Swipe ⬅️ to see solar images captured today in different wavelengths that scientists can use to paint a full picture of our constantly changing Sun.⁣
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Image Credit: NASA⁣
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#nasa #sunshine #newyearsday #newyear #newyearnewme  #space
4362 26 days ago

Just as different chemical compounds give fireworks their pops of color, the Earth has a light show of its own. 🌎☀️ 🎆 👩‍🚀 📸 Though they are best seen at night, auroras like the ones seem in these images actually occur because of the Sun. ⁣⁣ ⁣ When a solar storm comes toward us, some of the energy and small particles can travel down the magnetic field lines at the north and south poles into Earth’s atmosphere. There, the particles interact with gases in our atmosphere resulting in beautiful displays of light in the sky. Oxygen gives off green and red light, and Nitrogen glows blue and purple. Luckily, this beautiful phenomenon isn’t just limited to Earth. If a planet has an atmosphere and magnetic field, it probably has auroras. These photos were taken by astronauts aboard the @iss, but we’ve seen amazing auroras on Jupiter and Saturn as well.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA & @EuropeanSpaceAgency ⁣ ⁣ #NASA #aurora #fireworks #newyearseve #space #spacestation #photography #astronaut

Just as different chemical compounds give fireworks their pops of color, the Earth has a light show of its own. 🌎☀️ 🎆 👩‍🚀 📸

Though they are best seen at night, auroras like the ones seem in these images actually occur because of the Sun. ⁣⁣
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When a solar storm comes toward us, some of the energy and small particles can travel down the magnetic field lines at the north and south poles into Earth’s atmosphere. There, the particles interact with gases in our atmosphere resulting in beautiful displays of light in the sky. Oxygen gives off green and red light, and Nitrogen glows blue and purple. Luckily, this beautiful phenomenon isn’t just limited to Earth. If a planet has an atmosphere and magnetic field, it probably has auroras. These photos were taken by astronauts aboard the @iss, but we’ve seen amazing auroras on Jupiter and Saturn as well.⁣
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Image Credit: NASA & @EuropeanSpaceAgency ⁣
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#NASA #aurora #fireworks #newyearseve #space #spacestation #photography #astronaut
3090 27 days ago

A frozen moonrise ❄️ ⁣ ⁣ This otherworldly image taken by astronauts on the International Space Station (@ISS) actually shows a full Moon over Hudson Bay in Canada, where icy shorelines and frozen landscapes are seen below thin clouds.⁣ ⁣ The small villages and towns along these shores in Manitoba Province receive just 6 to 7 hours of sunlight each day in December. A bit farther north, the Sun will not rise above the horizon again until January. This photo, taken on Dec. 12 around 1 p.m. local time, shows just how little sunlight reaches northern Canada during a winter day.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #moon #frozen #ice #fullmoon #Canada #HudsonBay

A frozen moonrise ❄️ ⁣
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This otherworldly image taken by astronauts on the International Space Station (@ISS) actually shows a full Moon over Hudson Bay in Canada, where icy shorelines and frozen landscapes are seen below thin clouds.⁣
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The small villages and towns along these shores in Manitoba Province receive just 6 to 7 hours of sunlight each day in December. A bit farther north, the Sun will not rise above the horizon again until January. This photo, taken on Dec. 12 around 1 p.m. local time, shows just how little sunlight reaches northern Canada during a winter day.⁣
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Image Credit: NASA⁣
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#moon #frozen #ice #fullmoon #Canada #HudsonBay
2380 28 days ago

It’s a new day. It’s a new dawn.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Astronaut Christina Koch (@Astro_Christina) sets a record today, Dec. 28, for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, eclipsing the former record of 288 days set by Peggy Whitson of @nasaastronauts. Her long-duration mission is helping us learn how to keep astronauts healthy for deep space exploration to the Moon and Mars.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ #CongratsChristina on reaching new heights! Swipe left to see a few photos Christina captured from her vantage point aboard the @iss.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ #NASA #Space #BreakingRecords #WhoRunTheWorld

It’s a new day. It’s a new dawn.⁣⁣⁣
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Astronaut Christina Koch (@Astro_Christina) sets a record today, Dec. 28, for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, eclipsing the former record of 288 days set by Peggy Whitson of @nasaastronauts. Her long-duration mission is helping us learn how to keep astronauts healthy for deep space exploration to the Moon and Mars.⁣⁣⁣
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#CongratsChristina on reaching new heights! Swipe left to see a few photos Christina captured from her vantage point aboard the @iss.⁣⁣⁣
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#NASA #Space #BreakingRecords #WhoRunTheWorld
10139 30 days ago

Be your own explorer ✨the cosmos is waiting. ⁣⁣ ⁣ From nearby clouds of gas and dust to remote galaxies that formed billions of years ago, tour the night sky with @NASAHubble’s new Caldwell catalog. The catalog of star clusters, galaxies and nebulas was first produced to highlight cosmic wonders visible to amateur astronomers. Since then Hubble has taken images of 95 out of the 109 objects, bringing these objects to life in exquisite detail. ⁣⁣ ⁣ While the objects can be observed using modest ground-based telescopes, Hubble’s Caldwell collection has been assembled for astronomers to see the finer details of each object in the night sky. ⁣⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Hubble #ExploreTheUnknown #NightSky #LookUp #Universe

Be your own explorer ✨the cosmos is waiting. ⁣⁣
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From nearby clouds of gas and dust to remote galaxies that formed billions of years ago, tour the night sky with @NASAHubble’s new Caldwell catalog. The catalog of star clusters, galaxies and nebulas was first produced to highlight cosmic wonders visible to amateur astronomers. Since then Hubble has taken images of 95 out of the 109 objects, bringing these objects to life in exquisite detail. ⁣⁣
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While the objects can be observed using modest ground-based telescopes, Hubble’s Caldwell collection has been assembled for astronomers to see the finer details of each object in the night sky. ⁣⁣
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#NASA #Hubble #ExploreTheUnknown #NightSky #LookUp #Universe
6937 31 days ago

The last solar eclipse of the decade happened today! 😱⁣ ⁣ Skywatchers were treated to a rare celestial event as an annular solar eclipse was visible in parts of Asia. During an annular eclipse, the Moon’s apparent size is too small to completely cover the face of the Sun, creating a “ring of fire” around the Moon’s edge during the eclipse. 💍🔥⁣ ⁣ Jessica Meir of @NASAastronauts shared these photos taken from the International Space Station (@ISS) saying, “We saw the shadow of the #Moon on the #Earth below, just above the horizon (central gray area above horizon).”⁣ ⁣ Solar eclipses happen when the Moon lines up just right with the Sun and Earth. Though the Moon orbits Earth about once a month, the tilt in its orbit means that it’s relatively rare for the Moon to pass right in line between the Sun and Earth — and those are the conditions that create an eclipse. Depending on the alignment, the Moon can create a partial, total or annular solar eclipse. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/@astro_jessica ⁣ ⁣ #NASA #HomeSweetHome #SolarEclipse2019 #SolarEclipse

The last solar eclipse of the decade happened today! 😱⁣
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Skywatchers were treated to a rare celestial event as an annular solar eclipse was visible in parts of Asia. During an annular eclipse, the Moon’s apparent size is too small to completely cover the face of the Sun, creating a “ring of fire” around the Moon’s edge during the eclipse. 💍🔥⁣
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Jessica Meir of @NASAastronauts shared these photos taken from the International Space Station (@ISS) saying, “We saw the shadow of the #Moon on the #Earth below, just above the horizon (central gray area above horizon).”⁣
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Solar eclipses happen when the Moon lines up just right with the Sun and Earth. Though the Moon orbits Earth about once a month, the tilt in its orbit means that it’s relatively rare for the Moon to pass right in line between the Sun and Earth — and those are the conditions that create an eclipse. Depending on the alignment, the Moon can create a partial, total or annular solar eclipse. ⁣
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#NASA #HomeSweetHome #SolarEclipse2019 #SolarEclipse
3350 32 days ago

Pluto might be billions of miles from the Earth, but that doesn’t stop it from getting into the Christmas spirit. 🎄⁣ ⁣ This image was produced by the New Horizons composition team, using a pair of Ralph/LEISA instrument scans. Three infrared wavelength ranges were placed into the three color channels (red, green and blue, respectively) to create this false color Christmas portrait of the dwarf planet.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/@johnshopkinsapl/@souhwestresearchinstitute ⁣ #NASA #Pluto #MerryChristmas #DwarfPlanet

Pluto might be billions of miles from the Earth, but that doesn’t stop it from getting into the Christmas spirit. 🎄⁣
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This image was produced by the New Horizons composition team, using a pair of Ralph/LEISA instrument scans. Three infrared wavelength ranges were placed into the three color channels (red, green and blue, respectively) to create this false color Christmas portrait of the dwarf planet.⁣
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Image Credit: NASA/@johnshopkinsapl/@souhwestresearchinstitute
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#NASA #Pluto #MerryChristmas #DwarfPlanet
3079 33 days ago

"The vast loneliness is awe-inspiring and it makes you realize just what you have back there on Earth."⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ On #ChristmasEve in 1968, Apollo 8 became the first mission to orbit the Moon. During a live broadcast, the astronauts showed pictures of the Earth and Moon as seen from their spacecraft and took turns reading from the book of Genesis.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Inage Credit: NASA⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #NASA #ChristmasEve #Apollo #Earthrise

6308 34 days ago

The majesty of @NASAHubble imagery… from your backyard. 🔭⁣ ⁣ A new gallery of Hubble Space Telescope images highlights celestial objects visible to amateur and professional astronomers alike. All of the objects are from a collection known as the Caldwell catalog, which includes 109 interesting objects visible in amateur-sized telescopes in both the northern and southern skies. Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Hubble #Space

The majesty of @NASAHubble imagery… from your backyard. 🔭⁣
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A new gallery of Hubble Space Telescope images highlights celestial objects visible to amateur and professional astronomers alike. All of the objects are from a collection known as the Caldwell catalog, which includes 109 interesting objects visible in amateur-sized telescopes in both the northern and southern skies. Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣
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#NASA #Hubble #Space
10670 35 days ago

Welcome home, #Starliner! ✨⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ @Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft safely completed the first touchdown on land of a human-rated capsule in U.S. history at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, at 7:58 a.m. EST.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Following a successful pre-dawn launch out of Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Dec. 20 aboard a @ulalaunch Atlas V rocket, Starliner did not reach its planned orbit and could not dock with the @iss. Teams worked to preserve its fuel for a return to Earth. Despite this, the uncrewed capsule successfully met the majority of its test objectives on its first orbital flight test, including checking propulsion systems, verifying space-to-space communications and validating life support systems for future crews.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Boeing is a partner in our Commercial Crew Program that works with American aerospace companies to send astronauts to the space station, allowing NASA to use resources to explore far destinations like the Moon and beyond. For more info about the Orbital Flight Test, check out the link in our bio.⁣⁣ ⁣ Photo credits: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani/Bill Ingalls/Joel Kowsky⁣ ⁣ #Boeing #NASA #OFT #space

Welcome home, #Starliner! ✨⁣⁣
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@Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft safely completed the first touchdown on land of a human-rated capsule in U.S. history at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, at 7:58 a.m. EST.⁣⁣
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Following a successful pre-dawn launch out of Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Dec. 20 aboard a @ulalaunch Atlas V rocket, Starliner did not reach its planned orbit and could not dock with the @iss. Teams worked to preserve its fuel for a return to Earth. Despite this, the uncrewed capsule successfully met the majority of its test objectives on its first orbital flight test, including checking propulsion systems, verifying space-to-space communications and validating life support systems for future crews.⁣⁣
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Boeing is a partner in our Commercial Crew Program that works with American aerospace companies to send astronauts to the space station, allowing NASA to use resources to explore far destinations like the Moon and beyond. For more info about the Orbital Flight Test, check out the link in our bio.⁣⁣
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Photo credits: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani/Bill Ingalls/Joel Kowsky⁣
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#Boeing #NASA #OFT #space
3289 36 days ago

⁣ 2024, we’re coming for you. 🌎🚀👨‍🚀👩‍🚀🌖⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Returning to the Moon – to stay – and this is how we’re going. With #Artemis, men and women will work and live on another world for the first time! Using the lunar surface as a proving ground for living on Mars, this next chapter in exploration will forever establish our presence in the stars. ✨⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Can you guess which “@Starwars: The Rise of Skywalker” actor lent their voice for this project? ⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #Artemis #NASA #Explorer #StarWars #ShootForTheMoon

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2024, we’re coming for you. 🌎🚀👨‍🚀👩‍🚀🌖⁣ ⁣⁣
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Returning to the Moon – to stay – and this is how we’re going. With #Artemis, men and women will work and live on another world for the first time! Using the lunar surface as a proving ground for living on Mars, this next chapter in exploration will forever establish our presence in the stars. ✨⁣ ⁣⁣⁣
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Can you guess which “@Starwars: The Rise of Skywalker” actor lent their voice for this project? ⁣ ⁣⁣⁣
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#Artemis #NASA #Explorer #StarWars #ShootForTheMoon
10911 39 days ago

We're here for the cozy cosmos! In this @nasachandraxray image, two groups of galaxies rush together and produce warmth.⁣ ⁣ Most galaxies don't exist in isolation. They're bound to other galaxies through gravity — either in relatively small numbers known as “galaxy groups” or larger concentrations called “galaxy clusters” consisting of hundreds or thousands of galaxies. ⁣ ⁣ The system of galaxies is called NGC 6338, located about 380 million light-years from Earth, with a mass within about 100 trillion times the mass of the Sun. In this composite image, X-ray data from Chandra in red shows hot gas with temperatures upward of about 20 million degrees Celsius. Cooler gas detected with Chandra and @europeanspaceagency's XMM-Newton is shown in blue. Optical data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey shows galaxies and stars in white.⁣ ⁣ Image credit: X-ray: Chandra: NASA/CXC/SAO/E. O'Sullivan; XMM: ESA/XMM/E. O'Sullivan; Optical: SDSS⁣ ⁣ #nasa #cosmos #universe #galaxies #hygge #space

We're here for the cozy cosmos! In this @nasachandraxray image, two groups of galaxies rush together and produce warmth.⁣
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Most galaxies don't exist in isolation. They're bound to other galaxies through gravity —  either in relatively small numbers known as “galaxy groups” or larger concentrations called “galaxy clusters” consisting of hundreds or thousands of galaxies. ⁣
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The system of galaxies is called NGC 6338, located about 380 million light-years from Earth, with a mass within about 100 trillion times the mass of the Sun. In this composite image, X-ray data from Chandra in red shows hot gas with temperatures upward of about 20 million degrees Celsius. Cooler gas detected with Chandra and @europeanspaceagency's XMM-Newton is shown in blue. Optical data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey shows galaxies and stars in white.⁣
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Image credit: X-ray: Chandra: NASA/CXC/SAO/E. O'Sullivan; XMM: ESA/XMM/E. O'Sullivan; Optical: SDSS⁣
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#nasa #cosmos #universe #galaxies #hygge #space
1889 40 days ago

Everything the light touches 😍⁣ ⁣ As an astronaut snapped this photo from the International Space Station (@ISS), anvil clouds towered over the northeastern coast of Brazil. Anvil clouds are caused by atmospheric instability and are often accompanied by thunderstorms. You can distinguish the anvil clouds in this photo from their flat, wide tops.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Space #Earth #clouds #storms

Everything the light touches 😍⁣
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As an astronaut snapped this photo from the International Space Station (@ISS), anvil clouds towered over the northeastern coast of Brazil. Anvil clouds are caused by atmospheric instability and are often accompanied by thunderstorms. You can distinguish the anvil clouds in this photo from their flat, wide tops.⁣
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Image Credit: NASA⁣
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#NASA #Space #Earth #clouds #storms
2978 41 days ago

I've looked at clouds from both sides now ☁️ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Astronaut Jessica Meir (@astro_jessica) captured these cloudscapes from onboard the International Space Station (@iss), our world-class lab orbiting 250 miles above the Earth’s surface. Take a moment today to observe the natural beauty of our home planet.⁣⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: Jessica Meir / NASA⁣⁣ ⁣ #nasa #space #astronaut #Earth #homesweethome #beauty

I've looked at clouds from both sides now ☁️ ⁣⁣
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Astronaut Jessica Meir (@astro_jessica) captured these cloudscapes from onboard the International Space Station (@iss), our world-class lab orbiting 250 miles above the Earth’s surface. Take a moment today to observe the natural beauty of our home planet.⁣⁣
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Image Credit: Jessica Meir / NASA⁣⁣
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#nasa #space #astronaut #Earth #homesweethome #beauty
3307 42 days ago

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine! 🌟 Our @NASAHubble Space Telescope spotted a galaxy with its mix of bright patches of glowing gas, dark lanes of dust, bright core, and whirling, pinwheeling arms coming together to paint a beautiful celestial scene. Located around 50 million light-years away in the constellation of Antlia (the Air Pump), this galaxy is a member of galaxy groups - some of the most common galactic gatherings in the cosmos, and they comprise 50 or so galaxies all bound together by gravity. Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, D. Rosario et al. #nasa #hubble #shinebright #cosmos #galaxy

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine! 🌟

Our @NASAHubble Space Telescope spotted a galaxy with its mix of bright patches of glowing gas, dark lanes of dust, bright core, and whirling, pinwheeling arms coming together to paint a beautiful celestial scene.

Located  around 50 million light-years away in the constellation of Antlia (the Air Pump), this galaxy is a member of galaxy groups - some of the most common galactic gatherings in the cosmos, and they comprise 50 or so galaxies all bound together by gravity.

Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, D. Rosario et al.

#nasa #hubble #shinebright #cosmos #galaxy
2557 44 days ago

Bask in the beauty of the cryosphere ❄️⁣ ⁣ Our Operation IceBridge mission sent flights across regions of the Arctic and Antarctic from 2009 to 2019, gathering data on ice elevation until the successful launch of IceSat-2, our current ice-measuring satellite. Among many accomplishments, the team mapped 200 glaciers along Greenland’s coastal areas over their decade of work, as well as coastal areas, the interior of the Greenland Ice Sheet and high-priority areas in Antarctica. The hundreds of terabytes of data on changing ice sheets the team collected will fuel science for years to come. Swipe through for a selection of some of the most striking photographs taken by the IceBridge team. ⁣ ⁣ Images 1,4 Credit: Michael Studinger Image 3,7 Credit: NASA/Maria-Jose Viñas Images 2,5,8 Credit: NASA/John Sonntag Image 6 Credit: NASA Image 9 Credit: NASA/Jim Yungel Image 10 Credit: NASA/Joe MacGregor⁣ ⁣ #ice #nasa #antarctica #arctic #greenland #cryosphere

Bask in the beauty of the cryosphere ❄️⁣
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Our Operation IceBridge mission sent flights across regions of the Arctic and Antarctic from 2009 to 2019, gathering data on ice elevation until the successful launch of IceSat-2, our current ice-measuring satellite. Among many accomplishments, the team mapped 200 glaciers along Greenland’s coastal areas over their decade of work, as well as coastal areas, the interior of the Greenland Ice Sheet and high-priority areas in Antarctica. The hundreds of terabytes of data on changing ice sheets the team collected will fuel science for years to come. Swipe through for a selection of some of the most striking photographs taken by the IceBridge team. ⁣
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Images 1,4 Credit: Michael Studinger
Image 3,7 Credit: NASA/Maria-Jose Viñas
Images 2,5,8 Credit: NASA/John Sonntag
Image 6 Credit: NASA
Image 9 Credit: NASA/Jim Yungel
Image 10 Credit: NASA/Joe MacGregor⁣
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#ice #nasa #antarctica #arctic #greenland #cryosphere
2666 45 days ago

“For once I’m flying higher than a bar-headed goose.”⁣ ⁣ Before Jessica Meir (@astro_jessica) was an astronaut on board the International Space Station (@ISS), she studied comparative physiology at the University of British Columbia. As a part of her research, she hand-raised a dozen bar-headed geese — the highest-flying birds on the planet. Twice a year, these extraordinary creatures migrate from China and Mongolia to India. Their 5,000-mile (~8,000 km) journey takes them across the Himalayas, which Meir has captured here from space. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA / Jessica Meir⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Earth #Himalayas

“For once I’m flying higher than a bar-headed goose.”⁣
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Before Jessica Meir (@astro_jessica) was an astronaut on board the International Space Station (@ISS), she studied comparative physiology at the University of British Columbia. As a part of her research, she hand-raised a dozen bar-headed geese — the highest-flying birds on the planet. Twice a year, these extraordinary creatures migrate from China and Mongolia to India. Their 5,000-mile (~8,000 km) journey takes them across the Himalayas, which Meir has captured here from space. ⁣
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Image Credit: NASA / Jessica Meir⁣
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#NASA #Earth #Himalayas
1015 47 days ago

Completely invisible, yet unbelievably influential. 💫 ⁣ ⁣ According to new research from @sofiatelescope, spiral galaxies like the Milky Way are shaped by magnetic fields. These magnetic fields are invisible to the human eye. ⁣ ⁣ However, by combining imagery from @NASAHubble, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Array and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, the magnetic fields become apparent. In this image, scientists measured the magnetic fields along the spiral arms of the galaxy called NGC 1068. The fields are shown as streamlines that closely follow the circling arms.⁣ ⁣ Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/SOFIA; NASA/JPL-Caltech/Roma Tre Univ.⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Space #Magnetic #Galaxy

Completely invisible, yet unbelievably influential. 💫 ⁣
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According to new research from @sofiatelescope, spiral galaxies like the Milky Way are shaped by magnetic fields. These magnetic fields are invisible to the human eye. ⁣
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However, by combining imagery from @NASAHubble, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Array and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, the magnetic fields become apparent. In this image, scientists measured the magnetic fields along the spiral arms of the galaxy called NGC 1068. The fields are shown as streamlines that closely follow the circling arms.⁣ ⁣
Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣
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Image Credit: NASA/SOFIA; NASA/JPL-Caltech/Roma Tre Univ.⁣
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#NASA #Space #Magnetic #Galaxy
4357 48 days ago

Wait for it... 💥 Why did engineers push this rocket tank beyond its limits — on purpose?⁣ ⁣ This is an exact copy of the liquid hydrogen tank used on our Space Launch System (@NASA_SLS) rocket, which will fly #Artemis missions to the Moon. A team from @NASA_Marshall and Boeing put the tank in a 215-foot-tall test stand, fitted it with sensors and simulated the stress a rocket will experience during launch and flight. ⁣ ⁣ After millions of pounds of compression, tension and bending forces — 260% more than expected flight loads — engineers detected a buckling point, which then ruptured. "This data will benefit all aerospace companies designing rocket tanks,” said the SLS tank's lead engineer. This test will help safely and efficiently evolve the rocket's design for future space missions. ⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA ⁣ ⁣ #nasa #spacelaunchsystem #moon #deepspace #pushit

Wait for it... 💥 Why did engineers push this rocket tank beyond its limits — on purpose?⁣
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This is an exact copy of the liquid hydrogen tank used on our Space Launch System (@NASA_SLS) rocket, which will fly #Artemis missions to the Moon. A team from @NASA_Marshall and Boeing put the tank in a 215-foot-tall test stand, fitted it with sensors and simulated the stress a rocket will experience during launch and flight. ⁣
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After millions of pounds of compression, tension and bending forces — 260% more than expected flight loads — engineers detected a buckling point, which then ruptured.
1648 49 days ago

🔎 ☁️ Zoom in to Jupiter's clouds with our @NASAJuno mission! ⁣ ⁣ This image was taken by the spacecraft as it flew just 3,200 miles (5,200 km) from the giant planet's northern latitudes during a close flyby on Nov. 3, 2019. Small pop-up storms can also be seen rising above the lighter areas of the clouds, most noticeably on the right side of the image. ⁣ ⁣ Citizen scientist Björn Jónsson created this image using data from the spacecraft's JunoCam imager.⁣ ⁣ #jupiter #juno #nasa #clouds #storms #closeup

🔎 ☁️ Zoom in to Jupiter's clouds with our @NASAJuno mission! ⁣
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This image was taken by the spacecraft as it flew just 3,200 miles (5,200 km) from the giant planet's northern latitudes during a close flyby on Nov. 3, 2019. Small pop-up storms can also be seen rising above the lighter areas of the clouds, most noticeably on the right side of the image. ⁣
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Citizen scientist Björn Jónsson created this image using data from the spacecraft's JunoCam imager.⁣
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#jupiter #juno #nasa #clouds #storms #closeup
2586 50 days ago

Behold: The beauty of our home planet! 😍 On this day in 1972, this view of Earth was seen by our Apollo 17 crew members as they traveled toward the Moon. This translunar coast photograph extends from the Mediterranean Sea area to the Antarctica south polar ice cap, marking the first time the Apollo trajectory made it possible to photograph the south polar ice cap. Credit: NASA #nasa #bluemarble #homesweethome #planetearth #apollo

Behold: The beauty of our home planet! 😍

On this day in 1972, this view of Earth was seen by our Apollo 17 crew members as they traveled toward the Moon. This translunar coast photograph extends from the Mediterranean Sea area to the Antarctica south polar ice cap, marking the first time the Apollo trajectory made it possible to photograph the south polar ice cap.

Credit: NASA

#nasa #bluemarble #homesweethome #planetearth #apollo
12151 51 days ago

Hubble, Hubble, Hubble can’t you see? Sometimes your photos just hypnotize me. 🌀⁣⁣⠀⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ Outright mesmerizing, this spiral galaxy (NGC 5468) was captured in beautiful detail by our @NASAHubble Telescope. See those REALLY bright lights? Those are dying stars. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Such events create catastrophic explosions known as supernovae, which are some of the most dramatic occurrences in the universe. By either depleting their fuel and collapsing inward or siphoning mass off a companion object and igniting runaway nuclear fusion, they result in intensely bright objects that can rival the light of a whole galaxy. Can you spot the supernovae in this spiral galaxy? ⁣⁣⠀⁣ ⁣⁣⠀⁣ Image credit: @europeanspaceagency/Hubble & NASA, W. Li et al⁣⁣⠀⁣ ⁣⁣⠀⁣ #NASA #Dramatic #Galaxy #Biggie #Stars #ShineBright⁣⁣⠀⁣

Hubble, Hubble, Hubble can’t you see? Sometimes your photos just hypnotize me. 🌀⁣⁣⠀⁣ ⁣⁣⁣
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Outright mesmerizing, this spiral galaxy (NGC 5468) was captured in beautiful detail by our @NASAHubble Telescope. See those REALLY bright lights? Those are dying stars. ⁣
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Such events create catastrophic explosions known as supernovae, which are some of the most dramatic occurrences in the universe. By either depleting their fuel and collapsing inward or siphoning mass off a companion object and igniting runaway nuclear fusion, they result in intensely bright objects that can rival the light of a whole galaxy. Can you spot the supernovae in this spiral galaxy? ⁣⁣⠀⁣ ⁣⁣⠀⁣
Image credit: @europeanspaceagency/Hubble & NASA, W. Li et al⁣⁣⠀⁣
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#NASA #Dramatic #Galaxy #Biggie #Stars #ShineBright⁣⁣⠀⁣
3517 52 days ago

Turn the sound on and hear the roar of a Dragon taking flight 🔥🐉⁣ ⁣ A @SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is on its way to the @iss after launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 12:29 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 5. Dragon will arrive Sunday, Dec. 8, delivering more than 5,700 pounds of crew supplies and science investigations, including studies of malting barley in microgravity, the spread of fire, and bone and muscle loss. ⁣ ⁣ #tamethebeast #nasa #spacex #dragon #space #rocketlaunch

Turn the sound on and hear the roar of a Dragon taking flight 🔥🐉⁣
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A @SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is on its way to the @iss after launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 12:29 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 5. Dragon will arrive Sunday, Dec. 8, delivering more than 5,700 pounds of crew supplies and science investigations, including studies of malting barley in microgravity, the spread of fire, and bone and muscle loss. ⁣
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3512 53 days ago

On top of the world. ⁣ ⁣ On Dec. 2, NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan snapped a photo of the the Earth 250 miles (~400 km) below him. He was embarking on the third spacewalk to upgrade the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer’s (AMS) thermal pump system.⁣ ⁣ The AMS is designed to measure antimatter in cosmic rays, which helps us search for evidence of dark matter. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/Andrew Morgan (@astrodrewmorgan)⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Views #OnTopOfTheWorld

On top of the world. ⁣
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On Dec. 2, NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan snapped a photo of the the Earth 250 miles (~400 km) below him. He was embarking on the third spacewalk to upgrade the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer’s (AMS) thermal pump system.⁣
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The AMS is designed to measure antimatter in cosmic rays, which helps us search for evidence of dark matter. ⁣
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#NASA #Views #OnTopOfTheWorld
3450 55 days ago

Behold: the cosmic fire of creation. ⁣ ⁣ Popularly called the Orion Nebula, this stellar nursery has been known to many different cultures throughout human history. Located inside the constellation Orion, M42 can be spotted with the naked eye, while offering an excellent peek at stellar birth for those with telescopes.⁣ ⁣ Want to know more? Click the link in bio ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA, ESA, M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the @NASAHubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Orion #Cosmic

Behold: the cosmic fire of creation. ⁣
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Popularly called the Orion Nebula, this stellar nursery has been known to many different cultures throughout human history. Located inside the constellation Orion, M42 can be spotted with the naked eye, while offering an excellent peek at stellar birth for those with telescopes.⁣
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Want to know more? Click the link in bio ⬆️⁣
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Image Credit: NASA, ESA, M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the @NASAHubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team⁣
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#NASA #Orion #Cosmic
4254 56 days ago

This month starts off with a lovely string of pearls — with Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and the crescent Moon forming a lineup at dusk on December 1st. Plan to sky gaze throughout the month to see beautiful pairings of planets and the crescent Moon, at sunrise and sunset. Watch this video to discover when and where to look to see Venus, Saturn and Mars! 🔭🌟🪐

This month starts off with a lovely string of pearls — with Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and the crescent Moon forming a lineup at dusk on December 1st. Plan to sky gaze throughout the month to see beautiful pairings of planets and the crescent Moon, at sunrise and sunset.

Watch this video to discover when and where to look to see Venus, Saturn and Mars! 🔭🌟🪐
1433 57 days ago

Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Won't you be my neighbor?👋 ⁣ ⁣ While many galaxies live solitary lives, others interact with a neighbor galaxy, like this duo spotted by our @NASAHubble Space Telescope over 250 million light-years from Earth. ⁣ ⁣ These neighbors are interacting in the cosmos, with their mutual gravitational attraction pulling wisps of gas and streams of dust from them, distorting their shapes, and gently smudging and blurring their appearances on the sky — to Earth-based observers, at least. Thanks to Hubble, our view of the universe and our place within it has never been the same.⁣ ⁣ Image credit: @EuropeanSpaceAgency/Hubble & NASA, K. Larson et al.⁣ ⁣ #nasa #space #neighborhoodwatch #cosmos #hubble

Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Won't you be my neighbor?👋 ⁣
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While many galaxies live solitary lives, others interact with a neighbor galaxy, like this duo spotted by our @NASAHubble Space Telescope over 250 million light-years from Earth. ⁣
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These neighbors are interacting in the cosmos, with their mutual gravitational attraction pulling wisps of gas and streams of dust from them, distorting their shapes, and gently smudging and blurring their appearances on the sky — to Earth-based observers, at least. Thanks to Hubble, our view of the universe and our place within it has never been the same.⁣
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Image credit: @EuropeanSpaceAgency/Hubble & NASA, K. Larson et al.⁣
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#nasa #space #neighborhoodwatch #cosmos #hubble
3345 58 days ago

Are you throwing all your money into a black hole today?⁣ ⁣ Forget Black Friday — celebrate #BlackHoleFriday with us and get sucked into this recent discovery of a black hole that may have sparked star births across multiple galaxies. ⁣ ⁣ If confirmed, this discovery would represent the widest reach ever seen for a black hole acting as a stellar kick-starter — enhancing star formation more than one million light-years away. ⁣ ⁣ Telescopes like @nasachandraxray help us detect the X-rays produced by hot gas swirling around the black hole. Click the link in the bio to learn more. ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/INAF/R. Gilli et al.; Radio NRAO/VLA; Optical: NASA/STScI⁣ ⁣ #NASA #BlackHole #StarBirth

Are you throwing all your money into a black hole today?⁣
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Forget Black Friday — celebrate #BlackHoleFriday with us and get sucked into this recent discovery of a black hole that may have sparked star births across multiple galaxies. ⁣
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If confirmed, this discovery would represent the widest reach ever seen for a black hole acting as a stellar kick-starter — enhancing star formation more than one million light-years away. ⁣
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Telescopes like @nasachandraxray help us detect the X-rays produced by hot gas swirling around the black hole. Click the link in the bio to learn more. ⬆️⁣
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Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/INAF/R. Gilli et al.; Radio NRAO/VLA; Optical: NASA/STScI⁣
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#NASA #BlackHole #StarBirth
1517 59 days ago

Looking back at Jupiter's chaotic southern hemisphere...🌀⁣ ⁣ After a close flyby of Jupiter on Nov. 3, 2019, our @nasajuno spacecraft's JunoCam captured this striking view of the giant planet, showing massive cyclones and chaotic clouds. When the image was taken, Juno was traveling at about 85,000 mph (137,000 kilometers per hour) relative to the planet. A little more than an hour earlier — at the point of closest approach to the cloud tops — the spacecraft reached speeds relative to Jupiter in excess of 130,000 mph (209,000 kilometers per hour).⁣ ⁣ Citizen scientist Ali Abbasi created this image using data from the spacecraft's JunoCam imager. ⁣ ⁣ Image data: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS⁣ Image processing by AliAbbasiPov, © CC BY⁣ ⁣ #jupiter #planets #solarsystem #nasa #juno #clouds

Looking back at Jupiter's chaotic southern hemisphere...🌀⁣
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After a close flyby of Jupiter on Nov. 3, 2019, our @nasajuno spacecraft's JunoCam captured this striking view of the giant planet, showing massive cyclones and chaotic clouds. When the image was taken, Juno was traveling at about 85,000 mph (137,000 kilometers per hour) relative to the planet. A little more than an hour earlier — at the point of closest approach to the cloud tops — the spacecraft reached speeds relative to Jupiter in excess of 130,000 mph (209,000 kilometers per hour).⁣
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Citizen scientist Ali Abbasi created this image using data from the spacecraft's JunoCam imager. ⁣
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Image data: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS⁣
Image processing by AliAbbasiPov, © CC BY⁣
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#jupiter #planets #solarsystem #nasa #juno #clouds
2276 2 months ago

Spider webs. Shattered glass. Fractal art. ⁣ ⁣ What does this image evoke for you? This photo was captured by NASA astronaut Jessica Meir as the International Space Station (@ISS) orbited ~250 miles (~400 km) over London’s glittery nightscape.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/Jessica Meir⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Space #London

Spider webs. Shattered glass. Fractal art. ⁣
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What does this image evoke for you? This photo was captured by NASA astronaut Jessica Meir as the International Space Station (@ISS) orbited ~250 miles (~400 km) over London’s glittery nightscape.⁣
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Image Credit: NASA/Jessica Meir⁣
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#NASA #Space #London
2745 2 months ago

*Record scratch, freeze frame*⁣ ⁣ You're probably wondering how I ended up in this situation...⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ On a Nov. 22 spacewalk, @europeanspaceagency astronaut Luca Parmitano caught a ride over to the worksite outside the International Space Station (@ISS) aboard the station's robotic arm. Known as Canadarm2, the robotic arm was operated from inside the station by astronaut Jessica Meir. At the worksite, Parmitano and fellow spacewalker Andrew Morgan (@AstroDrewMorgan) performed repairs on the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer instrument, a cosmic particle detector. Repairs continue in the next spacewalk on Monday, Dec. 2.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA & ESA⁣ ⁣⁣ #spacewalk #astronaut #robots #nasa #esa⁣

*Record scratch, freeze frame*⁣
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You're probably wondering how I ended up in this situation...⁣⁣
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On a Nov. 22 spacewalk, @europeanspaceagency astronaut Luca Parmitano caught a ride over to the worksite outside the International Space Station (@ISS) aboard the station's robotic arm. Known as Canadarm2, the robotic arm was operated from inside the station by astronaut Jessica Meir. At the worksite, Parmitano and fellow spacewalker Andrew Morgan (@AstroDrewMorgan) performed repairs on the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer instrument, a cosmic particle detector. Repairs continue in the next spacewalk on Monday, Dec. 2.⁣ ⁣
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Credit: NASA & ESA⁣
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#spacewalk #astronaut #robots #nasa #esa⁣
2892 2 months ago

🎶 Baby stars! 🎶 ✨ This galaxy might be bursting with star formation and stellar newborns. ⁣ ⁣ Our @NASAHubble space telescope turned its powerful eye towards galaxy NGC 3749, over 135 million light-years away from Earth. This galaxy shows strong emission lines (signs of emission from elements within a galaxy's spectrum of light), suggesting that it has plenty of star-forming material and energetic new stars. ⁣ ⁣ This study technique, known as spectroscopy, is used by astronomers to understand a galaxy’s type and composition, the density and temperature of any emitting gas, the star formation rate, or how massive the galaxy’s central black hole might be. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, D. Rosario et al.⁣ ⁣ #hubble #galaxy #babies #stars #universe #esa #nasa

🎶 Baby stars! 🎶 ✨ This galaxy might be bursting with star formation and stellar newborns. ⁣
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Our @NASAHubble space telescope turned its powerful eye towards galaxy NGC 3749, over 135 million light-years away from Earth. This galaxy shows strong emission lines (signs of emission from elements within a galaxy's spectrum of light), suggesting that it has plenty of star-forming material and energetic new stars. ⁣
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This study technique, known as spectroscopy, is used by astronomers to understand a galaxy’s type and composition, the density and temperature of any emitting gas, the star formation rate, or how massive the galaxy’s central black hole might be. ⁣
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Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, D. Rosario et al.⁣
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#hubble #galaxy #babies #stars #universe #esa #nasa
2491 2 months ago

Did this debris shield spark joy?⁣ ⁣ Sometimes you need to let go of what no longer serves you!⁣ ⁣ On the first spacewalk to repair the International Space Station's cosmic particle detector, @AstroDrewMorgan and @europeanspaceagency astronaut Luca Parmitano removed a debris shield to access the work site. It was too big to take inside, so the best option was to jettison it behind @iss, where it will disintegrate in the upper atmosphere. This video was taken on Nov. 15.⁣ ⁣ On Friday, Nov. 22, the two astronauts will once again venture into the vacuum of space to resume repair work on the particle detector, called the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer. Watch live coverage starting at 5:30am ET on nasa.gov/live.⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA/Andrew Morgan⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Declutter #SparkJoy #TakeOutTheTrash

Did this debris shield spark joy?⁣
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Sometimes you need to let go of what no longer serves you!⁣
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On the first spacewalk to repair the International Space Station's cosmic particle detector, @AstroDrewMorgan and @europeanspaceagency astronaut Luca Parmitano removed a debris shield to access the work site. It was too big to take inside, so the best option was to jettison it behind @iss, where it will disintegrate in the upper atmosphere. This video was taken on Nov. 15.⁣
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On Friday, Nov. 22, the two astronauts will once again venture into the vacuum of space to resume repair work on the particle detector, called the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer. Watch live coverage starting at 5:30am ET on nasa.gov/live.⁣
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Credit: NASA/Andrew Morgan⁣
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#NASA #Declutter #SparkJoy #TakeOutTheTrash
9004 2 months ago

It may look like a veiny eyeball, but Jupiter's moon Europa is more than meets the eye. 👁️⁣ ⁣ For the first time, scientists have detected water vapor above the icy moon's surface, giving us further evidence that oceans of liquid water may exist beneath Europa's crust. ⁣ ⁣ 💧 Water is one of the main ingredients necessary for life, making Europa an alluring destination for exploration. Scientists will soon be able get close enough to this intriguing moon to settle their lingering questions. The Europa Clipper mission, expected to launch in the mid-2020s, will survey the moon up close and sample molecules in its atmosphere.⁣ ⁣ Seen here is a view of Europa made from images taken by the Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s during a flyby. ⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute⁣ ⁣ #nasa #europa #jupiter #space #science #astronomy #solarsystem #h2whoa

It may look like a veiny eyeball, but Jupiter's moon Europa is more than meets the eye. 👁️⁣
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 For the first time, scientists have detected water vapor above the icy moon's surface, giving us further evidence that oceans of liquid water may exist beneath Europa's crust. ⁣
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💧 Water is one of the main ingredients necessary for life, making Europa an alluring destination for exploration. Scientists will soon be able get close enough to this intriguing moon to settle their lingering questions. The Europa Clipper mission, expected to launch in the mid-2020s, will survey the moon up close and sample molecules in its atmosphere.⁣
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Seen here is a view of Europa made from images taken by the Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s during a flyby. ⁣
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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute⁣
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#nasa #europa #jupiter #space #science #astronomy #solarsystem #h2whoa
2858 2 months ago

Finally. ⁣ ⁣ After decades of searching, astronomers have found what they’ve been looking for: a galaxy cluster where large numbers of stars are being born at its core. ⁣ ⁣ Galaxy clusters are the largest structures in the cosmos that are held together by gravity, consisting of hundreds or thousands of galaxies. For decades, astronomers have looked for galaxy clusters containing rich nurseries of stars. Instead, they found powerful, giant black holes pumping out energy and keeping the gas too warm to form many stars. Until now. ⁣ ⁣ Data from @NASAHubble and @nasachandraxray is revealing new details about how the most massive black holes in the universe affect their host galaxies. Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/G.Schellenberger et al.; Optical:SDSS⁣ ⁣ #NASA #GalaxyCluster #BlackHoles

Finally. ⁣
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After decades of searching, astronomers have found what they’ve been looking for: a galaxy cluster where large numbers of stars are being born at its core. ⁣
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Galaxy clusters are the largest structures in the cosmos that are held together by gravity, consisting of hundreds or thousands of galaxies. For decades, astronomers have looked for galaxy clusters containing rich nurseries of stars. Instead, they found powerful, giant black holes pumping out energy and keeping the gas too warm to form many stars. Until now. ⁣
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Data from @NASAHubble and @nasachandraxray is revealing new details about how the most massive black holes in the universe affect their host galaxies. Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣
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Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/G.Schellenberger et al.; Optical:SDSS⁣
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#NASA #GalaxyCluster #BlackHoles
3961 2 months ago

No matter the similarities and differences, every galaxy is beautiful in its own way. 💜 💫⁣ ⁣ In this image from @NASAHubble, we see a galaxy very similar to our own Milky Way. NGC 772 is a spiral galaxy. From a glowing center, bright specks of star formation weave into dark ripples of cosmic dust. ⁣ ⁣ NGC 772 differs from our home galaxy in that it’s a “peculiar” spiral galaxy — meaning it is odd in size, shape or composition. However, this doesn't change how stunningly beautiful it is. ⁣ ⁣ Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Seth et al.⁣ ⁣ #Galaxy #NASA #BeautyIsEverywhere⁣

No matter the similarities and differences, every galaxy is beautiful in its own way. 💜 💫⁣
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In this image from @NASAHubble, we see a galaxy very similar to our own Milky Way. NGC 772 is a spiral galaxy. From a glowing center, bright specks of star formation weave into dark ripples of cosmic dust. ⁣
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NGC 772 differs from our home galaxy in that it’s a “peculiar” spiral galaxy — meaning it is odd in size, shape or composition. However, this doesn't change how stunningly beautiful it is. ⁣
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Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Seth et al.⁣
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#Galaxy #NASA #BeautyIsEverywhere⁣
2572 2 months ago

Our scientists launched rockets from the top of the world! 🌎🚀 In the tiny Arctic town of Ny-Ålesund, where polar bears outnumber people, winter means three months without sunlight. The unending darkness is ideal for those who seek a strange breed of northern lights, normally obscured by daylight. When these unusual auroras shine, Earth’s atmosphere leaks into space. Our scientists traveled to Ny-Ålesund to launch rockets through these auroras and witness oxygen particles right in the middle of their escape. Piercing these fleeting auroras, some 300 miles high, would require strategy, patience — and a fair bit of luck. This was our VISIONS-2 mission, and this is their story. VISIONS-2 was just the first of many. Over the coming months, rocket teams from all over the world will launch rockets into this region as part of the Grand Challenge Initiative—Cusp, an international collaboration to study the mysteries of the polar atmosphere. Read more: https://go.nasa.gov/VISIONS2blog #nasa #space #rocketscience #rocketlaunch #science

Our scientists launched rockets from the top of the world! 🌎🚀 In the tiny Arctic town of Ny-Ålesund, where polar bears outnumber people, winter means three months without sunlight. The unending darkness is ideal for those who seek a strange breed of northern lights, normally obscured by daylight. When these unusual auroras shine, Earth’s atmosphere leaks into space.

Our scientists traveled to Ny-Ålesund to launch rockets through these auroras and witness oxygen particles right in the middle of their escape. Piercing these fleeting auroras, some 300 miles high, would require strategy, patience — and a fair bit of luck. This was our VISIONS-2 mission, and this is their story.

VISIONS-2 was just the first of many. Over the coming months, rocket teams from all over the world will launch rockets into this region as part of the Grand Challenge Initiative—Cusp, an international collaboration to study the mysteries of the polar atmosphere.

Read more: https://go.nasa.gov/VISIONS2blog

#nasa #space #rocketscience #rocketlaunch #science
6352 2 months ago

5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0... Lift-off! 🚀 ⛈️ 50 years ago, Apollo 12 launched into a dark and rainy morning sky. ⁣ ⁣ With Apollo 12 at about 6,600 feet altitude, observers on the ground saw lightning striking the launch pad. The Saturn V rocket was unaffected and continued to operate normally. But in Mission Control, data on controllers’ displays turned garbled. Luckily, a quick-thinking flight controller, John Aaron, had a fix. The crew onboard the spacecraft reset an obscure system, and data returned to the screens in Mission Control. Once Apollo 12 mission commander Pete Conrad understood the cause of the excitement, he radioed to Houston, “I think we need to do a little more all-weather testing.” ⁣ ⁣ Five days later on Nov. 19, 1969, the Apollo 12 lunar module Intrepid landed on the Moon in a region called the Ocean of Storms, approximately 950 miles west of where Apollo 11 landed and only 535 feet from our robotic Surveyor III mission.⁣ ⁣ Images Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #apollo #apollo12 #launch #rocket #nasa #history #saturnv

5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0... Lift-off! 🚀 ⛈️ 50 years ago, Apollo 12 launched into a dark and rainy morning sky. ⁣
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With Apollo 12 at about 6,600 feet altitude, observers on the ground saw lightning striking the launch pad. The Saturn V rocket was unaffected and continued to operate normally. But in Mission Control, data on controllers’ displays turned garbled. Luckily, a quick-thinking flight controller, John Aaron, had a fix. The crew onboard the spacecraft reset an obscure system, and data returned to the screens in Mission Control. Once Apollo 12 mission commander Pete Conrad understood the cause of the excitement, he radioed to Houston, “I think we need to do a little more all-weather testing.” ⁣
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Five days later on Nov. 19, 1969, the Apollo 12 lunar module Intrepid landed on the Moon in a region called the Ocean of Storms, approximately 950 miles west of where Apollo 11 landed and only 535 feet from our robotic Surveyor III mission.⁣
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Images Credit: NASA⁣
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#apollo #apollo12 #launch #rocket #nasa #history #saturnv
1890 2 months ago

Tiny planet Mercury transits the Sun 👀⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ On Nov. 11, Mercury crossed between Earth and the Sun - a rare event we won't be able to see again until 2032. Our Solar Dynamics Observatory, which views the Sun in a variety of wavelengths of light in the extreme ultraviolet, tracked Mercury's journey.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #sun #transit #mercury #mercurytransit #solarsystem #nasa

Tiny planet Mercury transits the Sun 👀⁣⁣
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On Nov. 11, Mercury crossed between Earth and the Sun - a rare event we won't be able to see again until 2032. Our Solar Dynamics Observatory, which views the Sun in a variety of wavelengths of light in the extreme ultraviolet, tracked Mercury's journey.⁣⁣
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Credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio ⁣⁣
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#sun #transit #mercury #mercurytransit #solarsystem #nasa
12563 2 months ago

There’s a storm brewing in the solar system! 🌩️⁣ ⁣ Our @NASAJuno spacecraft captured this stunningly detailed look at a cyclonic storm in Jupiter's atmosphere during its 23rd close flyby of the planet. ⁣ ⁣ Juno observed this vortex in a region of Jupiter called the “north north north north temperate belt,” one of the gas giant planet’s many persistent cloud bands. These bands are formed by the prevailing winds at different latitudes. The vortex seen here is roughly 1,200 miles (2,000 kilometers) wide.⁣ ⁣ Citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill created this image using data from the spacecraft's JunoCam imager when the spacecraft was about 5,300 miles (8,500 kilometers) from Jupiter’s cloud tops above a latitude of about 49 degrees. ⁣ Image credit: Image data: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS⁣ Image processing by Kevin M. Gill, © CC BY⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Jupiter #SolarSystem #Swirls #Clouds

There’s a storm brewing in the solar system! 🌩️⁣
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Our @NASAJuno spacecraft captured this stunningly detailed look at a cyclonic storm in Jupiter's atmosphere during its 23rd close flyby of the planet. ⁣
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Juno observed this vortex in a region of Jupiter called the “north north north north temperate belt,” one of the gas giant planet’s many persistent cloud bands. These bands are formed by the prevailing winds at different latitudes. The vortex seen here is roughly 1,200 miles (2,000 kilometers) wide.⁣
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Citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill created this image using data from the spacecraft's JunoCam imager when the spacecraft was about 5,300 miles (8,500 kilometers) from Jupiter’s cloud tops above a latitude of about 49 degrees. ⁣

Image credit: Image data: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS⁣
Image processing by Kevin M. Gill, © CC BY⁣
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#NASA #Jupiter #SolarSystem #Swirls #Clouds
2674 2 months ago

✨“We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.”✨ Today we remember planetary scientist Carl Sagan on his birthday. ⁣ ⁣ Within a galaxy hosting around 300 billion stars, here @NASAHubble has captured a mere handful or two. These stars fall within NGC 1333, located about 1,000 light-years away in the constellation of Perseus. The cool gas and dust concentrated in this region is generating new stars whose light is then reflecting off the surrounding material, lighting it up and making this object’s lingering presence known to us.⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Hubble #Space #Stars #Astronomy #CarlSaganDay

✨“We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.”✨ Today we remember planetary scientist Carl Sagan on his birthday. ⁣
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Within a galaxy hosting around 300 billion stars, here @NASAHubble has captured a mere handful or two. These stars fall within NGC 1333, located about 1,000 light-years away in the constellation of Perseus. The cool gas and dust concentrated in this region is generating new stars whose light is then reflecting off the surrounding material, lighting it up and making this object’s lingering presence known to us.⁣
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#NASA #Hubble #Space #Stars #Astronomy #CarlSaganDay
2719 2 months ago

The "intricate, mesmerizing patterns of the International Space Station (@ISS) solar arrays." ☀️⁣ ⁣ The second image here is a close-up taken by @Astro_Jessica on Nov. 7 during a photo survey of the arrays, which convert solar energy to electrical power. ⁣ ⁣ In the space station's orbit 220 miles above Earth, the best source of energy is sunlight. When the station is in the Sun, about 60 percent of the electricity collected by its solar arrays is used to charge the station's batteries. The batteries then provide power to the station's systems during nighttime passes around Earth. ⁣ ⁣ Images Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #spacestation #solarpower #sun #solarcells #nasa #iss

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2174 2 months ago

The glow of the Milky Way arcs across a sea of stars... and planets! 🌌⁣ ⁣ This panorama of the southern sky was created with 208 images from a year of observations by our Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission. Swipe through the images to see TESS's discoveries: first, the host stars of 29 confirmed exoplanets (worlds beyond our solar system), and second, more than 1,000 candidate planets astronomers are now investigating. ⁣ ⁣ To find exoplanets, the four TESS cameras capture a full sector of the sky every 30 minutes to search for transits. Transits occur when a planet passes in front of its host star from our perspective, briefly and regularly dimming its light. ⁣ ⁣ Images Credit: NASA/MIT/TESS and Ethan Kruse (USRA)⁣ ⁣ #milkyway #nightsky #panorama #exoplanets #stars

The glow of the Milky Way arcs across a sea of stars... and planets! 🌌⁣
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This panorama of the southern sky was created with 208 images from a year of observations by our Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission. Swipe through the images to see TESS's discoveries: first, the host stars of 29 confirmed exoplanets (worlds beyond our solar system), and second, more than 1,000 candidate planets astronomers are now investigating. ⁣ ⁣
To find exoplanets, the four TESS cameras capture a full sector of the sky every 30 minutes to search for transits. Transits occur when a planet passes in front of its host star from our perspective, briefly and regularly dimming its light. ⁣
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Images Credit: NASA/MIT/TESS and Ethan Kruse (USRA)⁣
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#milkyway #nightsky #panorama #exoplanets #stars
2141 2 months ago

Not all galaxies are lonely. Some have galaxy squads. ⁣ ⁣ NGC 1706, captured in this image by @NASAHubble, belongs to something known as a galaxy group, which is just as the name suggests — a group of up to 50 galaxies which are gravitationally bound and relatively close to each other. ⁣ ⁣ Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, has its own squad — known as the Local Group, which also contains the Andromeda galaxy, the Large and Small Magellanic clouds and the Triangulum galaxy. Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Bellini et al.⁣ #galaxy #squadgoals #hubble #cosmos #universe

Not all galaxies are lonely. Some have galaxy squads. ⁣
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NGC 1706, captured in this image by @NASAHubble, belongs to something known as a galaxy group, which is just as the name suggests — a group of up to 50 galaxies which are gravitationally bound and relatively close to each other. ⁣
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Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, has its own squad — known as the Local Group, which also contains the Andromeda galaxy, the Large and Small Magellanic clouds and the Triangulum galaxy. Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣
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Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Bellini et al.⁣ #galaxy #squadgoals #hubble #cosmos #universe
2538 2 months ago