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A spiral in profile! 🌀⁣ ⁣ @nasahubble sees galaxies of all shapes, sizes, luminosities and orientations in the cosmos. Sometimes, the telescope gazes at a galaxy oriented sideways — as shown here. This galaxy, called NGC 3717, is about 60 million light-years away in the constellation of Hydra (the Sea Serpent). ⁣ ⁣ Seeing a spiral almost in profile, as Hubble has here, can provide a vivid sense of its three-dimensional shape. Through most of their expanse, spiral galaxies are shaped like a thin pancake. At their cores, though, they have bright, spherical, star-filled bulges that extend above and below this disk, giving these galaxies a shape somewhat like that of a flying saucer when they are seen edge-on.⁣ ⁣ NGC 3717 is not captured perfectly edge-on in this image; the nearer part of the galaxy is tilted ever so slightly down, and the far side tilted up. This angle affords a view across the disk and the central bulge (of which only one side is visible).⁣ ⁣ #galaxy #cosmos #universe #hubble #outerspace⁣ ⁣ Text credit: ESA (European Space Agency)⁣ Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, D. Rosario
Colors on the wind 🌬️⁣ ⁣ In this view of Jupiter, @nasajuno captures swirling clouds in the region of the giant planet’s northern hemisphere known as “Jet N4.” ⁣ ⁣ Jupiter spins once every 10 hours, and this fast rotation creates strong jet streams, separating its clouds into dark belts and bright zones that stretch across the face of the planet. More than a dozen prevailing winds sweep over Jupiter, some reaching more than 300 miles per hour (480 km per hour) at the equator.⁣ ⁣ Citizen scientist Björn Jónsson created this enhanced-color image using data from the spacecraft's JunoCam imager. The raw image was taken on Sept. 11, 2019, at 11:31 p.m. EDT as Juno performed its 22nd close flyby of Jupiter. At the time the image was taken, the spacecraft was about 7,540 miles (12,140 km) from the cloud tops at a latitude of 45 degrees. ⁣ ⁣ #jupiter #clouds #juno #solarsystem #swirls⁣ ⁣ Image data: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS⁣ Image processing by Björn Jónsson, © CC NC SA 3.0
#fallfashioninspo 🍂  Even though it looks like an autumn 2019 trend report, it’s even more otherworldly! This #earthart is a view of river mouths in Northern Madagascar captured by Christina Koch (@Astro_Christina) from the International Space Station (@ISS). These waters are often a rusty red year-round because they carry iron-rich sediment from highlands in the island’s interior where they originate. Upon meeting the president of Madagascar, one astronaut is said to have joked: “Oh, yes, I know your country. It is the one bleeding into the ocean.” Photographing the Earth from the space station is an important way for @nasaastromaterials scientists to keep an eye on our ever-changing planet from a priceless perspective. You could call it our own trend report of sorts!  Image Credit: NASA/Christina Hammock Koch  #nasa #earth #photography #fall #fallcolors #fallfashion #space #astronaut #inspo #art #colorpalette
Does this image cause you to reflect? 😲  NASA astronaut @astrodrewmorgan conducts a spacewalk to upgrade the International Space Station's (@iss) power systems, in this image taken on Oct. 6, 2019. Fellow astronaut @astro_christina photographed him as together they worked outside in the vacuum of space for 7 hours and 1 minute to begin the latest round of upgrading the station's large nickel-hydrogen batteries with newer, more powerful lithium-ion batteries. The spacewalk marked the first of 10 spacewalks — a cadence that has not been seen since the final assembly of the space station in 2011.⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #reflections #nasa #space #astronauts #spacewalks #spacestation
“Paris is always a good idea.” — Audrey Hepburn ✨✨✨⁣ ⁣ Originally nicknamed the “City of Light” for its efforts in pioneering street lamps to increase public safety in the 1600s, the name stuck through the following Age of Enlightenment as it cemented itself as a center for art, innovation and education.⁣ ⁣ This photo of Paris at nighttime from the space station proves the name still holds true. Back then, they probably could have never predicted its street grids would be clearly recognizable from the @ISS 250 miles above as it orbits the planet once every 90 minutes with humans onboard.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #nasa #space #earth #photography #astronaut #paris #nighttimephotography #lights #travel #paris #france #cityoflight⁣
Luna. Lune. Chaand.🌕🌖🌗🌘🌚⁣⁣ ⁣ How do you say "Moon" in your language? ⁣ ⁣ No matter what you call it, we all look at the same Moon. It's where we're sending #artemis astronauts by 2024 on a mission to explore our nearest celestial neighbor before we eventually go to Mars. ⁣ ⁣ Look up and don’t miss an opportunity to #observethemoon tonight! ⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #moon #lunar #views #nightsky #nasa⁣
Go on. Stare at it.⁣ 👁️ 👁️ ⁣  The legend of Medusa holds that anyone who gazed at her directly would transform into stone. Thankfully you can feast your eyes without fear on this @nasahubble image of the Medusa merger, a galaxy that is actually the collision of two galaxies formed billions of years ago. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ The streams of stars and dust, seen rising from the top of the merged galaxy, resemble the writhing snakes that Medusa, a monster in ancient Greek mythology, famously had on her head in place of hair, lending the object its intriguing name.  Image Credit: ESA/NASA/Hubble⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ #nasa #space #galaxy #astronomy #medusa #snakehairdontcare
"Entranced by the eerie dance of the Southern lights, I can’t help but remember sitting next to my children watching the movie “Frozen,” listening to “Let it go. Let it go.” I'm looking forward to reuniting with my family and loved ones tomorrow."⁣ ⁣ That's what astronaut Nick Hague (@astrohague) tweeted on Oct. 2 as he was preparing to return to Earth. The image is of an aurora, a phenomenon that occurs when charged particles from the Sun interact with Earth's magnetic field. Astronauts aboard the @iss are frequently treated to views of aurorae as they orbit Earth at 17,500 mph (28,000 kph). Hague and his two crewmates, cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos and visiting astronaut Hazzaa Ali Almansoori of the United Arab Emirates, are scheduled to touch down at 7am ET on Oct. 3. ⁣ ⁣ #nasa #aurora #space #iss #beauty #views
Cosmic bubbles in the Milky Way! 🌌 ⁣ ⁣ This Spitzer Space Telescope image shows a cloud of dust and gas filled with bubbles 10 to 30 light-years across, each containing hundreds of thousands of stars. ⁣ ⁣ This active region of star formation is located within the Milky Way galaxy, in the constellation Aquila (also known as the Eagle). Black veins running throughout the cloud are regions of especially dense cold dust and gas where even more new stars are likely to form.⁣ ⁣ The colors in this image represent different wavelengths of infrared light. Blue represents a wavelength of light primarily emitted by stars; dust and organic molecules called hydrocarbons appear green, and warm dust that's been heated by stars appears red.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech⁣ ⁣ #cosmos #milkyway #nebula #infrared #nasa #starformation
Visualize a mind-bending black hole!😱⁣ ⁣ The gravity of a black hole is so intense, it distorts its surroundings like a carnival mirror. ⁣ ⁣ Seen nearly edgewise in this visualization, the turbulent disk of gas churning around a black hole takes on a crazy double-humped appearance. The black hole’s extreme gravity alters the paths of light coming from different parts of the disk, producing the warped image. The black hole’s extreme gravitational field redirects and distorts light coming from different parts of the disk, but exactly what we see depends on our viewing angle. The greatest distortion occurs when viewing the system nearly edgewise.⁣ ⁣ Simulations like this one help us visualize what Einstein meant when he said that gravity warps the fabric of space and time.⁣ ⁣ Credit: @NASAGoddard/Jeremy Schnittman⁣ ⁣ #nasa #blackholes #mesmerizing #gravity #space ⁣#Visualization ⁣
Don't quit your daydream! 🤩 Staring out of the window overlooking Earth is a one-of-a-kind view and our @NASAAstronauts have had the privilege of doing it since that start of the space program. Now sharing it with you on social media, through these images captured aboard the @ISS, we see the Earth as a globally connected, integrated and fascinating place. Take in the beauty of the place we call home, sweet home. ⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #nasa #homesweethome #views #space #beauty ⁣
Jupiter LIVES for the drama. Just look. 👀 ⁣  In this image we see Jupiter's volcanically active moon Io cast a shadow on its cloud tops as it transits in front of the Sun. Due to its sheer size and orbital tilt, the planet's many moons regularly cast their shadows upon its cloud tops. Citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill created this enhanced-color image using data from our Juno spacecraft's JunoCam imager while the spacecraft was about 4,885 miles (7,862 kilometers) above the clouds.⁣ ⁣ Image credits: NASA JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS⁣ Image processing by Kevin M. Gill, © CC BY 3.0.  #nasa #jupiter #juno #junocam #space #drama #shady
"What it looks like from the space station when your best friend achieves her lifelong dream to go to space." 👩‍🚀 From orbit, astronaut Christina Koch (@astro_christina) captured this photo of the second stage of the Soyuz spacecraft launch carrying Jessica Meir (@astro_jessica) and two more space travelers: Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos and spaceflight participant Hazzaa Ali Almansoori. The Soyuz docked to the @ISS today after a four-orbit, six-hour flight. Scroll through for more images of the launch!⁣ ⁣ #friendshipgoals #launch #spaceflight #astronauts #spacestation #nasa⁣ ⁣ Image 1: Soyuz launch photographed from the International Space Station Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, by NASA astronaut Christina Koch. Photo Credit: NASA⁣ Images 2-4: The Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft is launched with Expedition 61 crewmembers Jessica Meir of NASA and Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos, and spaceflight participant Hazzaa Ali Almansoori of the United Arab Emirates Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)⁣ Image 5: Expedition 61 astronaut Jessica Meir of NASA, top, spaceflight participant Hazzaa Ali Almansoori of the United Arab Emirates, center, and Expedition 61 cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos, wave farewell prior to boarding the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft for launch, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)⁣
Stuck on the rings 💍💍💍 From this perspective, icy moon Tethys appears to be stuck to the A and F rings of planet Saturn! This view from our Cassini spacecraft's narrow-angle camera, taken on July 14, 2014, looks toward the Saturn-facing hemisphere of Tethys. North on Tethys is up and rotated 43 degrees to the right. ⁣ ⁣ Cassini launched in 1997 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and arrived at Saturn in 2004. NASA extended its mission twice – first for two years, and then for seven more. The second mission extension provided dozens of flybys of the planet's icy moons. Cassini explored the Saturn system for 13 years, finishing with "Grand Finale" dives between Saturn and its rings. The mission ended on Sept. 15, 2017.⁣ ⁣ Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute⁣ ⁣ #tethys #moons #rings #saturn #cassini #solarsystem
The power of a supermassive black hole! 💪 An x-ray jet of high-energy particles — pointing to the upper left in this image — extends for 13,000 light years to the outer reaches of nearby galaxy Centarus A. ⁣ ⁣ Astronomers think that such jets are important vehicles for transporting energy from the black hole to the much larger dimensions of a galaxy, and affecting the rate at which stars form there.⁣ ⁣ This @nasachandraxray image was made in 2008 from an ultra-deep look at the galaxy, equivalent to more than seven days of continuous observations.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/CXC/CfA/R.Kraft et al⁣ ⁣ #blackholes #blackholeweek #galaxy #universe #xray
Already feeling the Halloween spirit? 💀 This galaxy looks like it’s rising from the dead. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Messier 110 is an elliptical galaxy — a type of galaxy that’s often considered “dead” because it contains mostly old stars. But astronomers have spotted signs of a population of young, blue stars at the center of Messier 110, hinting that it may not be so “dead” after all. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Image credit: ESA/@NASAHubble & NASA, L. Ferrarese et al.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #nasa #space #galaxy⁣
Eons of erosion on Mars have formed the sweeping layers seen in this sedimentary rock located in Danielson crater, an impact crater located in the Arabia Terra region of the Red Planet.⁣ ⁣ This stereo image taken by our Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter allows scientists to measure the thicknesses of these sedimentary layers. The layer thicknesses and how they vary through time can provide some insight into the processes, possibly linked to ancient climate, that deposited the layers so long ago.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona⁣ ⁣ #mars #rocks #nasa #space #solarsystem
“Humanity glides by beneath us as we go screaming through the sky.” Astronaut Nick Hague captured this image from one of the windows of the International Space Station (@ISS) as the orbiting laboratory moved around the Earth at ~5 miles (~8 kilometers) a second. He is now reaching the tail-end of his 200-day mission, with less than a month left until he returns to Earth.  Image Credit: Nick Hague / NASA  #nasa #space #earth
"The living history of the Earth jumps out at you through buckles, folds, giant fans," wrote astronaut Nick Hague (@astrohague) about his photo of the "Eye of the Sahara" from the International Space Station (@ISS). Scroll through for more images of this striking geologic feature, the Richat Structure of Mauritania, captured by astronauts on the station and @NASAEarth satellites. ⁣ ⁣ Located in the Sahara Desert, it measures 28 miles (45 kilometers) across and is made up of igneous and sedimentary rocks. It's thought to be caused by an uplifted dome that has been eroded to expose the originally flat rock layers.⁣ ⁣ #mauritania #sahara #desert #richatstructure #geology #earthart #spaceart⁣ ⁣ 1) Photograph taken from the International Space Station, Sept. 2019. The image has been enhanced to improve contrast.  Image Credit: NASA⁣ 2) ASTER Mission image from Oct. 7, 2000. Image Credit: NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Space Systems and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team⁣ 3) Landsat satellite image draped over an elevation model produced by the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM); February 2000 (SRTM), January 13, 1987 (Landsat). Image Credit: SRTM Team NASA/JPL/NIMA⁣ 4) Landsat-7 satellite image from Jan. 11, 2001. Image Credit: NASA/U.S. Geological Survey/Landsat-7/Goddard Space Flight Center⁣ 5) Photograph taken from the International Space Station, Dec. 17, 2011. Image Credit: NASA
Cloud formations over the Pacific! ⁣⁣☁️☁️☁️ ⁣⁣ An astronaut on the @ISS took this photo on April 4, 2019, while the station was traveling near the southernmost reaches of its orbit over the South Pacific Ocean. The striking colors within the cloud formation are a result of the local sunrise. When the Sun is at a low angle (relative to the atmosphere and the space station), sunlight passes through a thicker slice of the atmosphere. This can enhance the red end of the visible color spectrum, leading to the pink hues visible at the center of the image. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The astronaut who took this photograph sent a message to ask if this specific cloud formation had been a named tropical cyclone. However, because the weather system was short-lived, the storm dissipated before making landfall, and thus was not named. ⁣⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣⁣ #clouds #spacestation #weather #nasa #astronautphotographs #cloudformations
Saturn is so beautiful that astronomers cannot resist using the @NASAHubble Space Telescope to take yearly snapshots of the ringed world when it is at its closest distance to Earth. 😍⁣ ⁣ This image, however, is more than just a beauty shot. It reveals exquisite details of the planet as a part of the Outer Planets Atmospheres Legacy project to help scientists understand the atmospheric dynamics of our solar system's gas giants.⁣ ⁣ Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA, ESA, A. Simon (GSFC), M.H. Wong (University of California, Berkeley) and the OPAL Team⁣ ⁣ #nasa #saturn #space
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
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