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  • Need a boost? How about a supernova explosion to get you going? 💥

Pulsars are superdense, rapidly spinning neutron stars left behind when a massive star explodes. This one is hurtling through space at nearly 2.5 million miles an hour — so fast it could travel the distance between Earth and the Moon in just 6 minutes. 
Credits: Composite by Jayanne English, University of Manitoba, using data from NRAO/F. Schinzel et al., DRAO/Canadian Galactic Plane Survey and NASA/IRAS

#Supernova #PickMeUp #NASA
  • Need a boost? How about a supernova explosion to get you going? 💥

    Pulsars are superdense, rapidly spinning neutron stars left behind when a massive star explodes. This one is hurtling through space at nearly 2.5 million miles an hour — so fast it could travel the distance between Earth and the Moon in just 6 minutes.
    Credits: Composite by Jayanne English, University of Manitoba, using data from NRAO/F. Schinzel et al., DRAO/Canadian Galactic Plane Survey and NASA/IRAS

    #Supernova #PickMeUp #NASA
  •  51,895  221  11 minutes ago

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  • The Moon 🌝: "I'm coming out ⁣
I want the world to know⁣
Got to let it show! ✨" ⁣
⁣
Stepping out on the world stage tonight is the final & brightest #supermoon for 2019. Just in time for the first day of spring, venture outside and look up to the night's sky for one of our favorite celestial neighbors.

In this photo, a plane is seen flying in front of the second full moon for the month of July on Friday, July 31, 2015 in Arlington, Va. 
Photo Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky
  • The Moon 🌝: "I'm coming out ⁣
    I want the world to know⁣
    Got to let it show! ✨" ⁣

    Stepping out on the world stage tonight is the final & brightest #supermoon for 2019. Just in time for the first day of spring, venture outside and look up to the night's sky for one of our favorite celestial neighbors.

    In this photo, a plane is seen flying in front of the second full moon for the month of July on Friday, July 31, 2015 in Arlington, Va.
    Photo Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky
  •  1,089,864  6,213  14 hours ago
  • Today, we're spilling all the ☕️ about a massive storm raging in a galaxy hosting this structure nicknamed the "Teacup”. The source of the cosmic squall? A supermassive black hole buried at the center of the galaxy. Located about 1.1 billion light years from Earth, this object’s "handle" is a ring of optical and X-ray light, while the "cup" is a black hole known as a quasar.

Image Credit: @nasachandraxray

#SpillingTheTea #NASA #Blackhole #Galactic
  • Today, we're spilling all the ☕️ about a massive storm raging in a galaxy hosting this structure nicknamed the "Teacup”. The source of the cosmic squall? A supermassive black hole buried at the center of the galaxy. Located about 1.1 billion light years from Earth, this object’s "handle" is a ring of optical and X-ray light, while the "cup" is a black hole known as a quasar.

    Image Credit: @nasachandraxray

    #SpillingTheTea #NASA #Blackhole #Galactic
  •  453,400  2,448  18 March, 2019

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  • Is there a pot of gold at the end of a green aurora? We're not sure, but these dancing green lights provide a spectacular view that's perfect for the #StPatricksDay holiday. 🍀

This stunning aurora was captured by one of our @NASAastronauts, Jeff Williams, during his 2016 mission on the International Space Station (@ISS). #FlashingLights #NASA #SeeingGreen
  • Is there a pot of gold at the end of a green aurora? We're not sure, but these dancing green lights provide a spectacular view that's perfect for the #StPatricksDay holiday. 🍀

    This stunning aurora was captured by one of our @NASAastronauts, Jeff Williams, during his 2016 mission on the International Space Station (@ISS). #FlashingLights #NASA #SeeingGreen
  •  490,352  3,743  17 March, 2019
  • 🌟Shine bright like a cluster 🌟

@NASAHubble has done it again. This image reveals a globular cluster of stars in the constellation of Sagittarius, 18,000 light-years away from Earth. Don’t forget to shine bright today. 
#HubbleFriday #NASA #ShineBright
  • 🌟Shine bright like a cluster 🌟

    @NASAHubble has done it again. This image reveals a globular cluster of stars in the constellation of Sagittarius, 18,000 light-years away from Earth. Don’t forget to shine bright today.
    #HubbleFriday #NASA #ShineBright
  •  1,102,034  5,595  15 March, 2019

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  • Cross your eyes and break out the 3D glasses! 😎

Our New Horizons team has new stereo views of the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule – the target of our New Horizons spacecraft’s historic New Year’s 2019 flyby, four billion miles from Earth – and the images are as cool and captivating as they are scientifically valuable. 
The 3D effects come from pairing or combining images taken at slightly different viewing angles, creating a “binocular” effect, just as the slight separation of our eyes allows us to see three-dimensionally. 
Using images like this, we can better understand the extraordinary shape of the farthest object ever explored 
Credits: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/National Optical Astronomy Observatory

#nasa #space #spacecraft #3d #kuiperbelt #flyby #newhorizons #ultimathule #picoftheday
  • Cross your eyes and break out the 3D glasses! 😎

    Our New Horizons team has new stereo views of the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule – the target of our New Horizons spacecraft’s historic New Year’s 2019 flyby, four billion miles from Earth – and the images are as cool and captivating as they are scientifically valuable.
    The 3D effects come from pairing or combining images taken at slightly different viewing angles, creating a “binocular” effect, just as the slight separation of our eyes allows us to see three-dimensionally.
    Using images like this, we can better understand the extraordinary shape of the farthest object ever explored
    Credits: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/National Optical Astronomy Observatory

    #nasa #space #spacecraft #3d #kuiperbelt #flyby #newhorizons #ultimathule #picoftheday
  •  411,952  2,645  10 March, 2019
  • Nothing quite like the chaotic beauty of colliding galaxies. 
The @NASAHubble telescope captured these galaxies crashing into each other inside of the Hercules constellation, about 230 million light-years away. They were first discovered in 1784 by William Herschel and were originally classified as a single irregular galaxy because of their odd shape.

A long time ago, gravity drew the two galaxies together into the chaotic state we now observe. Stars from within both of the original galaxies now follow new paths because of the changes in gravity. Eventually the galaxies will fully merge to form a single, stable galaxy.

Our own galaxy, the Milky Way, will undergo a similar collision in the future with our nearest galactic neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy. However, this is not expected to happen for around 4 billion years.

Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Adamo et al.

#NASA #Hubble #SolarSystem #Galaxy #Astrophysics #Chaos #Stars #Space #MilkyWay #Andromeda #SpaceTelescope #Hercules #Constellation #CollidingGalaxies #ChaoticState #Gravity #Astronomy #Science
  • Nothing quite like the chaotic beauty of colliding galaxies.
    The @NASAHubble telescope captured these galaxies crashing into each other inside of the Hercules constellation, about 230 million light-years away. They were first discovered in 1784 by William Herschel and were originally classified as a single irregular galaxy because of their odd shape.

    A long time ago, gravity drew the two galaxies together into the chaotic state we now observe. Stars from within both of the original galaxies now follow new paths because of the changes in gravity. Eventually the galaxies will fully merge to form a single, stable galaxy.

    Our own galaxy, the Milky Way, will undergo a similar collision in the future with our nearest galactic neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy. However, this is not expected to happen for around 4 billion years.

    Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Adamo et al.

    #NASA #Hubble #SolarSystem #Galaxy #Astrophysics #Chaos #Stars #Space #MilkyWay #Andromeda #SpaceTelescope #Hercules #Constellation #CollidingGalaxies #ChaoticState #Gravity #Astronomy #Science
  •  695,346  3,227  9 March, 2019
  • "Yes buddy, that’s your Mother Earth. Isn’t she beautiful?" Astronaut Anne McClain shared these images of an Earth plush toy that arrived on International Space Station (@ISS) aboard the @SpaceX #CrewDragon that launched on Saturday, March 2 and docked to the orbiting lab on Sunday, March 3. Loaded onto the spacecraft prior to launch, Elon Musk, founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX called the plush toy a "super high tech zero-g indicator." During the mission, astronaut Anne McClain shared what normal life was like on the orbiting outpost with the Earth plush toy. Living and working in space, they worked out, conducted science experiments, tested emergency procedures and more. 
The #CrewDragon spacecraft went on to undock from the station on Friday, March 8, followed by a deorbit burn to reenter Earth's atmosphere and splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean. This completed the Demo-1 flight test, in which SpaceX demonstrated systems which will be used to carry astronauts aboard the #CrewDragon to the station. 
Image credit: NASA
#nasa #spacex #crewdragon #earth #planet #toy #space #spacestation #iss #orbit #imageoftheday #views #picoftheday #adayinthelife #plushtoy #stuffed #astronaut #work #life #bluemarble
  • "Yes buddy, that’s your Mother Earth. Isn’t she beautiful?" Astronaut Anne McClain shared these images of an Earth plush toy that arrived on International Space Station (@ISS) aboard the @SpaceX #CrewDragon that launched on Saturday, March 2 and docked to the orbiting lab on Sunday, March 3. Loaded onto the spacecraft prior to launch, Elon Musk, founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX called the plush toy a "super high tech zero-g indicator." During the mission, astronaut Anne McClain shared what normal life was like on the orbiting outpost with the Earth plush toy. Living and working in space, they worked out, conducted science experiments, tested emergency procedures and more.
    The #CrewDragon spacecraft went on to undock from the station on Friday, March 8, followed by a deorbit burn to reenter Earth's atmosphere and splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean. This completed the Demo-1 flight test, in which SpaceX demonstrated systems which will be used to carry astronauts aboard the #CrewDragon to the station.
    Image credit: NASA
    #nasa #spacex #crewdragon #earth #planet #toy #space #spacestation #iss #orbit #imageoftheday #views #picoftheday #adayinthelife #plushtoy #stuffed #astronaut #work #life #bluemarble
  •  745,605  4,320  9 March, 2019
  • You’re looking at one of the unsolved mysteries of Mars: the “brain terrain.” 🧠 
The surface texture of interconnected ridges and troughs found in the mid-latitude regions of Mars may be directly related to the water ice that lies beneath the surface. 
One hypothesis is that when the buried water ice changes from a solid to a gas, it forms troughs in the ice. 
This image was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE), an instrument onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. 
Image Credit:  NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

#Mars #NASA #SolarSystem #PlanetaryScience #Space #WaterIce #BrainTerrain #Martian #Satellite #Astrophysics #HiRISE #Texture #Science #UnsolvedMysteries
  • You’re looking at one of the unsolved mysteries of Mars: the “brain terrain.” 🧠
    The surface texture of interconnected ridges and troughs found in the mid-latitude regions of Mars may be directly related to the water ice that lies beneath the surface.
    One hypothesis is that when the buried water ice changes from a solid to a gas, it forms troughs in the ice.
    This image was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE), an instrument onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
    Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

    #Mars #NASA #SolarSystem #PlanetaryScience #Space #WaterIce #BrainTerrain #Martian #Satellite #Astrophysics #HiRISE #Texture #Science #UnsolvedMysteries
  •  319,935  1,606  7 March, 2019
  • It’s supersonic! 💥An advanced air-to-air photo technology test by @NASAAero produced the first-ever images of the interaction of shockwaves from two supersonic aircraft in flight. 
This image features a pair of T-38s from the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, flying in formation at supersonic speeds — faster than the speed of sound. The T-38s are flying approximately 30 feet away from each other, with the trailing aircraft flying about 10 feet lower than the leading T-38. With exceptional clarity, the flow of the shock waves from both aircraft is seen, and for the first time, the interaction of the shocks can be seen in flight.

Originally monochromatic and shown here as a colorized composite, this image was captured during a supersonic flight series flown, in part, to better understand how shocks interact with aircraft plumes, as well as with each other.

The data from these flights will help us progress toward quiet supersonic research flights with the X-59’s Low-Boom Flight Demonstration and closer toward a major milestone in aviation.

Credit: NASA

#nasa #space #flight #aviation #supersonic #t38 #speed #sonicboom #compositeimage #imageoftheday #usairforce #formation
  • It’s supersonic! 💥An advanced air-to-air photo technology test by @NASAAero produced the first-ever images of the interaction of shockwaves from two supersonic aircraft in flight.
    This image features a pair of T-38s from the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, flying in formation at supersonic speeds — faster than the speed of sound. The T-38s are flying approximately 30 feet away from each other, with the trailing aircraft flying about 10 feet lower than the leading T-38. With exceptional clarity, the flow of the shock waves from both aircraft is seen, and for the first time, the interaction of the shocks can be seen in flight.

    Originally monochromatic and shown here as a colorized composite, this image was captured during a supersonic flight series flown, in part, to better understand how shocks interact with aircraft plumes, as well as with each other.

    The data from these flights will help us progress toward quiet supersonic research flights with the X-59’s Low-Boom Flight Demonstration and closer toward a major milestone in aviation.

    Credit: NASA

    #nasa #space #flight #aviation #supersonic #t38 #speed #sonicboom #compositeimage #imageoftheday #usairforce #formation
  •  394,649  1,964  7 March, 2019
  • This is the Cigar Galaxy (also called M82), a starburst galaxy about 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. 
Using our @SOFIATelescope observatory, researchers found the galactic wind flowing from the Cigar Galaxy weighs quite a lot: it carries the equivalent mass of 50 to 60 million Suns in gas and dust! Aligned along a magnetic field, the wind transports these materials into intergalactic space. 
The magnetic field is shown as streamlines in this composite image, which combines starlight (gray) and a tracing of hydrogen gas (red) from the Kitt Peak Observatory, with near-infrared and mid-infrared starlight and dust (yellow) from SOFIA and the Spitzer Space Telescope.

Image Credit: NASA/SOFIA/E. Lopez-Rodiguez; NASA/Spitzer/J. Moustakas et al.

#galaxy #magneticfields #space #outerspace #imageoftheday #picoftheday #astronomy #nasa
  • This is the Cigar Galaxy (also called M82), a starburst galaxy about 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major.
    Using our @SOFIATelescope observatory, researchers found the galactic wind flowing from the Cigar Galaxy weighs quite a lot: it carries the equivalent mass of 50 to 60 million Suns in gas and dust! Aligned along a magnetic field, the wind transports these materials into intergalactic space.
    The magnetic field is shown as streamlines in this composite image, which combines starlight (gray) and a tracing of hydrogen gas (red) from the Kitt Peak Observatory, with near-infrared and mid-infrared starlight and dust (yellow) from SOFIA and the Spitzer Space Telescope.

    Image Credit: NASA/SOFIA/E. Lopez-Rodiguez; NASA/Spitzer/J. Moustakas et al.

    #galaxy #magneticfields #space #outerspace #imageoftheday #picoftheday #astronomy #nasa
  •  756,737  3,575  5 March, 2019