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17 hours ago

A galaxy so faint you can barely see it ✨ @NASAHubble Space Telescope recently caught a glimpse of a galaxy 30 million light-years away. UGC 695 has so few stars that its brightness is less than the background brightness of Earth’s atmosphere — making it difficult to observe. Thankfully, Hubble managed to take a peek for us. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, D. Calzetti #NASA #Space #Galaxy

2 days ago

No, this isn’t a firework. 🎆 You are looking at a flame and the glowing soot clusters it produced aboard the International Space Station ( @ISS ). These yellow soot clusters grow larger than those on Earth, because they stay inside the flame longer in microgravity. This flame was one of many ignited inside a combustion research facility to investigate the amount of soot that is produced in different conditions. Soot is the carbon residue left behind when organic matter (or other carbon-containing material ) doesn’t fully burn. It causes environmental and health issues, but can be helpful in multiple ways, including by enhancing radiant heat. This experiment could allow the design of flames that are more sooty or soot-free. These results may help create burner designs which are more efficient and less polluting. Credit: NASA #flame #space #microgravity #heat

4 days ago

At the North Pole of Mars, springtime is avalanche season! ⁣ ⁣ The @UAHiRISE camera on our Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft captured this cloud of dust on May 29, 2019, as melting ice blocks broke loose and tumbled down a cliff face over 1600 feet (500 meters ) tall. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona⁣ ⁣ #mars #avalanche #dust #solarsystem #nasa

2 weeks ago

Look! A cosmic block party 🥳 ⁣ ⁣ In this Hubble image, you’ll find 50 spiral and dwarf galaxies hanging out in our cosmic neighborhood. ⁣ ⁣ The main focal point of stars is actually a dwarf galaxy. Dwarf galaxies often show a hazy structure, an ill-defined shape and an appearance somewhat akin to a swarm or cloud of stars — and UGC 685 is no exception to this. ⁣ ⁣ These data were gathered under Hubble’s Legacy ExtraGalactic UV Survey (LEGUS ) program, the sharpest and most comprehensive ultraviolet survey of star-forming galaxies in the nearby universe. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA; the LEGUS team, B. Tully, D. Calzetti⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Stars #BlockParty #Space

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Dust in this galaxy is bathed by ultraviolet and visible light from nearby stars. ✨ ⁣ ⁣ M81 is located in the northern constellation of Ursa Major 12 million light-years away from us — easily visible through binoculars or a small telescope. ⁣ ⁣ This Spitzer Space Telescope infrared image is a composite mosaic combining data from the Infrared Array Camera with data from the Multiband Imaging Photometer.⁣ ⁣ Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣ Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Space #Galaxy

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The final stages of a star’s life allow us a glimpse into the future of our own solar system. 🌟 ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ This image from @NASAHubble shows what’s left of a star 10,000 light-years from Earth. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ A star like our Sun will, at the end of its life, transform into a red giant. The core of the star will eventually collapse in on itself, ejecting the surface layers outward. After that, all that remains of the star is what we see here: glowing outer layers surrounding a white dwarf star. ⁣ ⁣ Click the link above for more info ⬆️⁣ ⁣⁣ Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. Wade et al.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #NASA #Space #Star

2 weeks ago

🌀Here’s a view of #HurricaneDorian from space. ⁣ From 260 miles in altitude, cameras outside the International Space Station ( @ISS ) captured this view at 11:27 a.m. EDT on Sept. 2 as the storm churned over northwestern Bahamas.⁣ ⁣ Although gradual weakening is forecast, Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next couple of days while moving on a possible track up the southeastern U.S. seaboard. ⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #NASA #hurricane #Bahamas #weather #space #Dorian #Earth

3 weeks ago

🌀As Hurricane Dorian continues its move towards land, satellite missions from NASA and @NOAA are keeping an eye on the storm from space. After brushing past Puerto Rico, the storm began intensifying over open waters. On Aug. 29, forecasters noted: “Strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and Dorian is expected to become a major hurricane on Friday, and remain an extremely dangerous hurricane through the weekend.” Seen here is a composite image of the strengthening storm from the GOES-16 satellite. This simulated natural color image comes from the weather satellite’s Advanced Baseline Imager. GOES-16 is operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA ). NASA helps develop and launch the GOES series of satellites. Image credit: NASA/NOAA/NESDIS #HurricaneDorian #Dorian #Storm #Hurricane #SatelliteView #Earth

3 weeks ago

What remains after a star explodes 💥 ? A brightly glowing field of debris, expanding outward into space.⁣ ⁣ This supernova remnant, Cassiopeia A or Cas A, was imaged by our Chandra X-ray Observatory ( @nasachandraxray ). It's located about 11,000 light years from Earth and was also featured in Chandra's "first light" image at the start of the mission in 1999. This recent study of Cas A adds to a long collection of Chandra discoveries over the course of the telescope’s 20 years. In addition to finding the central neutron star, Chandra data have revealed the distribution of elements essential for life ejected by the explosion, clues about the details of how the star exploded, and much more.⁣ ⁣ Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/RIKEN/T. Sato et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI⁣ ⁣ #supernova #universe #cassiopeia #nebula

4 weeks ago

What's it like to step out into space for your third spacewalk? "Each time I open the door the views keep getting better." 🤩⁣ ⁣ Astronaut Nick Hague, along with fellow crew member Andrew Morgan, worked outside the International Space Station ( @ISS ) for 6 hours and 32 minutes yesterday. They installed the station's second docking port for commercial crew spacecraft — which will be used by the @SpaceX Dragon and @Boeing Starliner spacecrafts when they carry astronauts to the station.⁣ ⁣ #spacewalk #astronaut #spacestation #officeview #earthviews#workflow ⁣ Image Credit: NASA

4 weeks ago

What do you see in the clouds? ☁️☁️☁️ ⁣ ⁣ These spiraling cloud patterns off the coast of Morocco were captured by our @NASAEarth instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite on July 19, 2019. They're known as von Kármán vortices, which can form nearly anywhere that fluid flow is disturbed by a solid object. Here, the patterns formed when winds flowed around small islands in the North Atlantic.⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using VIIRS day-night band data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership. ⁣ ⁣ #clouds #nighttime #vortices #cloudpatterns #earth

4 weeks ago

A Spacecraft Duo! The @NorthropGrumman Cygnus and @SpaceX Dragon spacecrafts are seen in this August 6 view from the International Space Station ( @ISS ). The Cygnus resupply spacecraft is shown grappled by the #Canadarm2 robotic arm following its detachment from its docking port on the orbiting outpost and just before release. Behind the robotic arm, the Dragon is seen still attached to the station. Both spacecraft are currently re-supplying the orbiting laboratory with science and supplies to support the crew. Image credit: NASA #Cygnus #Dragon #SpaceX #Earth #Views #ISS

5 weeks ago

This rounded object isn't something seen through a microscope. Instead, it's a vast orb of gas in space, cast off by an aging star and seen by the @NASAHubble telescope. The star is visible in the orb's center, shining through the gases it formerly held onto for most of its stellar life. When stars like the Sun grow advanced in age, they expand and glow red. These so-called red giants then begin to lose their outer layers of material into space. More than half of such a star's mass can be shed in this manner, forming a shell of surrounding gas. At the same time, the star's core shrinks and grows hotter, emitting ultraviolet light that causes the expelled gases to glow. Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. Wade #Hubble #Stars #Glow #Universe #Cosmos

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A full Moon is seen as the International Space Station ( @ISS ) flew 270 miles above the South Pacific Ocean off the coast of South America. The space station is an international partnership of the space agencies of the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada. In addition to photographs of the beautiful planet we call home, the Space Station functions as cooperative international laboratory, the work of which benefits all humanity. Click the link in our bio to learn more! Image Credit: NASA #Moon #Lunar #Views #NightSky #NASA

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As the @NASAHubble telescope turned its eye on Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, an Earth-sized storm rolling counterclockwise between two bands of clouds, it noticed something unusual. Can you tell what it is? 🤔⁣ ⁣ The color palette in the clouds is more intense than usual. The colorful bands, which flow in opposite directions at various latitudes, result from different atmospheric pressures. Lighter bands rise higher and have thicker clouds than the darker bands. The intensity of the colors reveals important clues about the planet’s turbulent atmosphere. ⁣ ⁣ Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Credits: NASA, ESA, A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center ) and M.H. Wong (University of California, Berkeley )⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Jupiter #GreatRedSpot

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According to astronaut Christina Koch, this is one of the most bold and recognizable geographical places on Earth. It's the Baja California Peninsula in Northwestern Mexico, seen here in a stunning view she shared from her orbiting spot 250 miles above the Earth. Astronauts have used hand-held cameras to photograph the Earth for decades. Beginning with the Mercury missions in the early 1960s, astronauts have taken millions of photographs of our home planet. Today, they continue this tradition of Earth observation from the International Space Station ( @ISS ). Image credit: NASA #Earth #Home #Baja #California #BlueMarble #Views

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When 2️⃣ become 1️⃣! This galactic duo of strange, luminescent creatures at play in this image are actually galaxies — realms of millions upon millions of stars. The galaxies are seen by our @NASAHubble telescope as their mutual gravitational attraction is pulling them closer and closer together and distorting their shapes in the process. Over time, the two galaxies will likely merge into one. Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Evans #Hubble #Galaxy #Merge #TwoBecomeOne

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No, this red beam in space isn't a light saber! It's a galaxy, far, far away — 44 million light-years away, to be exact. We often imagine galaxies as having massive spiral arms or thick disks of dust, but not all galaxies are oriented face-on as viewed from Earth. From our viewpoint, our Spitzer Space Telescope can detect this galaxy's infrared light but can only view the entire galaxy on its side where we can't see its spiral features. We know it has a diameter of roughly 60,000 light-years — a little more than half the diameter of our own Milky Way galaxy. Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️ Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech #galaxy #spitzer #infrared #lightsaber #farfaraway

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Let the sunshine in.⁣ ☀️⁣ ⁣⁣ Our Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, was launched on February 11, 2010 to help 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. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Each day, SDO images the sun in a variety of wavelengths. Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #NASA #Sunshine #Space

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Seven years. 13 miles. 22 samples. ⁣ ⁣ Our Curiosity rover has come a long way since touching down on Mars seven years ago. It has traveled a total of 13 miles (21 kilometers ) and ascended 1,207 feet (368 meters ) to its current location. Along the way, Curiosity discovered Mars had the conditions to support microbial life in the ancient past. And the rover is far from done, having just drilled its 22nd sample from the Martian surface. ⁣ ⁣ Curiosity captured this 360-degree panorama of a location on Mars called “Teal Ridge” on June 18, 2019. Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Mars #Curiosity

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Did you know that two Earths could fit snugly inside Jupiter's iconic Great Red Spot? The powerful storm is one of many colorful features we see in this image that was captured by our @NASAJuno spacecraft and then processed by citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill. At the time the image was taken, Juno was 26,697 miles (42,965 kilometers ) above the cloud tops. Image data: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS Image processing: Kevin M. Gill #nasa #nasajuno #jupiter #juno #space #astronomy #citizenscience

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On the edge of a galaxy.⁣ ⁣ Believe it or not, this long luminous streak is a spiral galaxy like our Milky Way. Because observatories like @NASAHubble have seen spiral galaxies at every kind of orientation, astronomers can tell when we’ve caught one from the side. We see this galaxy, named NGC 3432, oriented directly edge-on to us from our vantage point on Earth. ⁣ ⁣ Click the link above for more info ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Filippenko, R. Jansen⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Galaxy #Space

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A nearby galaxy contains a star-forming region where some 200 hot, young, massive stars reside. The cool dust and warmer gas in this stellar nursery appear as the wispy structures in an optical image from the @NASAHubble Space Telescope. In between these filaments are giant voids that are filled with hot, X-ray-emitting gas, seen by the @NASAChandraXRay Observatory. Chandra’s X-ray data (blue ) are combined in this image with optical data from Hubble (purple ). Astronomers think these bubbles are being blown off the surfaces of the young and massive stars throughout this star-forming region. Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/CfA/R. Tuellmann et al.; Optical: NASA/AURA/STScI/J. Schmidt #XRay #Hubble #NASA #Galaxy #Stars

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Moon chasing. 🌕 Usually, the crewmembers of the International Space Station ( @ISS ) see 16 moonsets and moonrises in a day. But every so often, the orbit of the station aligns with the day/night line on Earth, and the Moon and the Sun never appear to set. Here's a look at the Moon from our orbiting laboratory, as seen by @Astro_Christina Koch. As we prepare for future #Artemis missions, we are keeping the Moon in our sights. Credit: NASA #Moon #Orbit #NASA #Earth #Views

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The intricate, nearly flawless symmetry on display here reveals the incredible complexity of spiral galaxy NGC 2985. This @NASAHubble image shows how tightly wound spiral arms widen as they whirl outward from the galaxy’s bright core, slowly fading and dissipating until these majestic structures disappear into the emptiness of intergalactic space, bringing a beautiful end to their starry splendor. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, L. Ho #flawless #galaxy #space #science #astronomy #nasa

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Drone traffic overhead! 🚦 ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Our @nasaaero researchers flight tested these tiny aerial vehicles over Reno, Nevada in late June and will fly more over Corpus Christi, Texas in August. Why? With growing interest by commercial companies in using drones, we'll need a system to make sure they're flown safely and to manage future drone traffic, just like we manage air traffic. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit:⁣ NASA/Andrew Carlsen ⁣ #aeronautics #nasa #drone #drones #sky #reno

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🎶Gravity is working against me🎶⁣ ⁣ The map shown here depicts the gravity in south pole region of the Moon. There exists a good correlation between the gravity map and topographic features such as peaks and craters.⁣ ⁣ Our scientists are studying the frost locked in the soil of the Moon’s south pole region in order to prepare for future #Artemis missions to send the first woman and the next man to the Moon. Check out the link in the bio for more ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Credits: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Moon #Gravity

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The thick dust in this galaxy's spiral arms is a cosmic potpourri of particles that includes the leftovers of star and planet formation. It's a cosmic blend that's a feast for the eyes. Water ice and hydrocarbon molecules also make up the medley of dust in its spiral arms. For more about this @nasahubble image, click the link in bio. #galaxy #astronomy #space #hubble #nasa #potpourri

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That star stuff you see here? That's what you're made of. You possess the elements ✨ ⁣ ⁣ This composite image from our Chandra X-ray Observatory, the Spitzer Space Telescope and the Isaac Newton Telescope shows high-energy X-rays emitted by young, massive stars in the star cluster Cygnus OB2. This week we're celebrating the 20th anniversary of Chandra's launch. Want to dive deeper? Link in bio.⁣ ⁣ Credits: NASA/CXC/SAO/J. Drake et al; Univ. of Hertfordshire/INT/IPHAS; NASA/JPL-Caltech/Spitzer⁣ ⁣ #stars #space #universe #nasa #chandraxray #spacephotos #astronomy #believeinyourself

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"What a spectacular view!" — Neil Armstrong⁣⁣ "God, look at that Moon!" — Michael Collins⁣⁣ ⁣ On July 19, 1969, the Apollo 11 spacecraft entered lunar orbit. It was the fourth day of the mission and just one day before Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the surface in the lunar module, Eagle, and took the first steps on the Moon. This close-up photograph of the lunar surface taken by the Apollo 11 astronauts shows the large crater Theophilus located at the northwest edge of Mare Nectaris on the lunar nearside. Theophilus is about 60 statute miles in diameter. ⁣⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #apollo11 #apollo50th #neilarmstrong #nasa #apollo #moonlanding #moon

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The Apollo 50th anniversary celebrations are no longer just a tale of the past, we are preparing to send humans to the Moon again in the next 5 years with our Artemis program. This time, we won’t go alone, and the Moon is no longer the final destination. We will make the journey with government, industry, and international partners in a global effort to build and test the systems needed for sending astronauts on challenging missions to Mars and beyond. Credit: NASA #NASA #spaceflight #space #Apollo50th #ThrowbackThursday #TBT

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