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This beautiful clump of glowing gas, dark dust and glittering stars is a spiral galaxy located about 24 million light-years away in the constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs). This image comes from the Hubble Space Telescope's first ultraviolet “atlas,” a survey of 50 nearby star-forming galaxies. Astronomers studying this sample are exploring how massive stars form and evolve within such galaxies and this study can help us to piece together the star-formation history of the Universe. Image credit: NASA/ESA #nasa #space #spothubble #hubble #galaxy #universe #astronomy #stargazing #spacetelescope #telescope #lightyears #science #hst #spiralgalaxy #instagram #spacepic #picoftheday
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What's up in the night sky?Look up tonight as we have two good meteor showers to end this month. Both showers peak on the morning of July 30. The southern Delta Aquarids have a maximum rate of 25 meteors per hour between midnight and dawn. Meanwhile, the Alpha Capricornids peak at 5 per hour and often produce fireballs. Credit: NASA #space #nasa #meteorshower #astronomy #solarsystem #meteors #nightsky
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Astronaut Jack Fischer (@Astro2Fish) on the International Space Station (@ISS) shared this image of a Soyuz spacecraft over the Earth this morning saying "Welcome aboard" to 3 new crewmates. NASA’s Randy Bresnik (@astrokomrade), Sergei Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos and Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency (@europeanspaceagency) arrived at the station after launching Friday at 11:41 a.m. ET, orbiting Earth four times over a six-hour spaceflight, and docking at 5:54 p.m. ET Friday. With the arrival of three new crew, the space station is now home to six humans living and working in space who continue important scientific research in the orbiting laboratory. Image credit: NASA #nasa #esa #europeanspaceagency #roscosmos #randybresnik #paolonespoli #sergeiryazanskiy #spacestation #internationalspacestation #soyuz #iss #earth #space
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And liftoff! NASA’s Randy Bresnik (@astrokomrade), Sergei Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos and Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency launched at 11:41 a.m. EDT to the International Space Station (@ISS) aboard a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. They will join the crew of three already aboard the station. For the next four and a half months, they will live and work on the orbital platform, conducting research and expanding humanity’s knowledge of space. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky) #nasa #esa #europeanspaceagency #roscosmos #randybresnik #paolonespoli #sergeiryazanskiy #spacestation #internationalspacestation #baikonour #soyuz #rocket #launch #iss
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Aboard the International Space Station (@ISS), astronaut Jack Fisher (@Astro2Fish) “spied this cool view through the Japanese Airlock,” which gives astronauts the “great capability…to pass science in & out to space!” Part of the Japanese pressurized module called Kibo, which means "hope" in Japanese, the scientific airlock allows experiments to be transferred and exposed to the external environment of space. Items positioned on the exterior platform outside the airlock focus on Earth observation as well as communication, scientific, engineering and materials science experiments. The interior of Kibo is maintained at one atmosphere of pressure, providing the crew a suitable working environment for activities such as experiments, robotic operations, voice communications with the ground, and checkout or maintenance activities. The airlock in Kibo is not designed for the entry or exit of crew members during spacewalks. Image Credit: NASA #nasa #space #spacestation #internationalspacestation #jackfisher #astronaut #kibo #jaxa #research #science #astro2fish
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NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik (@astrokomrade), Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy and European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli are slated to launch to the International Space Station (@ISS) at 11:41 a.m. EDT on Friday aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, shown here in a black and white infrared view after it was raised into a vertical position on the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The crew will spend more than four months aboard the orbiting laboratory before returning to Earth in December. You can watch launch live at: www.nasa.gov/live Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky) #nasa #space #astronauts #spacestation #internationalspacestation #randybresnik #soyuz
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Numerous arches of magnetic field lines danced and swayed above a large active region on the Sun over about a 30-hour period on July 17-18, 2017. We can also see the magnetic field lines from the large active region reached out and connected with a smaller active region. Those linked lines then strengthened (become brighter), but soon began to develop a kink in them and rather swiftly faded from view. All of this activity is driven by strong magnetic forces associated with the active regions. The images were taken in extreme ultraviolet light. Credit: NASA #nasa #space #solar #observation #sdo #sun #solarsystem #active #loops #videooftheday #star #astronomy #science
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Phobos photobombs Hubble’s look at Mars! When the Hubble Space Telescope observed Mars near opposition in May 2016, a sneaky companion photobombed the picture. Phobos, the Greek personification of fear, is one of two tiny moons orbiting Mars. In 13 exposures over 22 minutes, Hubble captured a timelapse of Phobos moving through its 7-hour 39-minute orbit. This timelapse video captures a portion of the path that tiny Phobos takes around Mars. The transitions between frames have been smoothed to illustrate continuous motion. Phobos completes an orbit in just 7 hours and 39 minutes, which is faster than Mars rotates. Rising in the Martian west, it runs three laps around the Red Planet in the course of one Martian day, which is about 24 hours and 40 minutes. It is the only natural satellite in the solar system that circles its planet in a time shorter than the parent planet’s day. Hubble photographed Phobos orbiting the Red Planet on May 12, 2016, when Mars was 50 million miles from Earth. This was just a few days before the planet passed closer to Earth in its orbit than it had in the past 11 years. Credits: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon and Z. Levay (STScI) #Hubble #Mars #space #science #nasa #astronomy #planet #solarsystem #phobos #telescope
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Tucked away in a small constellation around 30 million light-years from us is this relatively dim, low-star-forming galaxy. While it is not all that remarkable, it is still a beautiful and ethereal sight. At this distance from Earth, actually not all that far on a cosmic scale, this galaxy is visible to anyone armed with even a basic telescope, as British astronomer William Herschel found when he discovered it in 1788. This image shows the galaxy’s bright center and the surrounding dimmer and more diffuse “fuzz.” Despite appearing to be relatively bright in this image, studies have found that this galaxy is actually dim. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA #nasa #space #spothubble #hubble #galaxy #universe #astronomy #stargazing #spacetelescope #telescope #lightyears
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How do eclipses work? Solar eclipses occur when the new moon passes between Earth and the sun and the moon casts a traveling shadow on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the new moon is in the right position to exactly cover the sun's disk. This will happen next month when the new moon will completely block our view of the sun along a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina. During August's total solar eclipse, it may be dark enough to see some of the brighter stars and a few planets! Two weeks before or after a solar eclipse there's often, but not always, a lunar eclipse. But it's not necessarily a total lunar eclipse. This will happen because the moon will be at opposition. The full moon and Earth and the sun will be lined up with Earth in the middle. Credit: NASA #nasa #space #solarsystem #astronomy #eclipse #solareclipse #eclipse2017 #earth #moon #sun #shadow
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On this day in 1969, NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took “one small step” and planted the first human feet on another world, our moon. At 10:56 p.m. EDT, with more than half a billion people watching on television, Armstrong climbs down the ladder and proclaims: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Aldrin joins him shortly, and offers a simple but powerful description of the lunar surface: “magnificent desolation.” They leave behind an American flag, a patch honoring the fallen Apollo 1 crew and a plaque on one of Eagle’s legs. It reads, “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.” Armstrong and Aldrin blast off and dock with Michael Collins in the Columbia Command Module. Credit: NASA #nasa #space #moon #Apollo11 #Apollo #landing #moonlanding #astronaut #armstrong #aldrin #collins #eagle #module #lunar #spacepic #instagram#otd
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Freaky fast and really awesome! NASA astronaut Jack Fischer posted this GIF to his social media Tuesday saying, “I was checking the view out the back window & decided to take a pic so you can see proof of our ludicrous speed! #SpaceIsAwesome”. In case you didn’t know, the International Space Station travels 17,500 miles per hour as it orbits 250 miles above the Earth. Currently, three humans are living and working there, conducting important science and research. The orbiting laboratory is home to more than 250 experiments, including some that are helping us determine the effects of microgravity on the human body. Research on the station will not only help us send humans deeper into space than ever before, including to destinations like Mars, but also benefits life here on Earth. Credit: NASA #nasa #space #gif #spacestation #astro2fish #astronaut #speed #fast #auroa #atmosphere #stars #solarsystem #orbit #instagram #picoftheday
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