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“That's here. That's home. That's us.” – Carl Sagan Seeing Earth from space can alter an astronauts’ cosmic perspective, a mental shift known as the “Overview Effect.” First coined by space writer Frank White in 1987, the Overview Effect is described as a feeling of awe for our home planet and a sense of responsibility for taking care of it. See Earth from the vantage point of our astronauts in these perspective-changing views. Credit: NASA #nasa #space #science #earth

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No, that’s not a fiery jack-o’-lantern 🔥🎃. It’s the Sun! ⁣ ⁣ Our Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this ultraviolet image in October 2014, showing active regions on our home star. The active regions in this image appear brighter because those are areas that emit more light and energy. They are markers of an intense and complex set of magnetic fields hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/SDO⁣ ⁣ #nasa #space #halloween19 #halloween #pumpkin

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👀 When we peer deep into space, we don't expect to find something staring back at us...⁣ ⁣ This galactic ghoul, captured by our Hubble Space Telescope, is actually a titanic head-on collision between two galaxies. Each "eye" is the bright core of a galaxy, one of which slammed into another. The outline of the face is a ring of young blue stars. Other clumps of new stars form a nose and mouth. ⁣ ⁣ Although galaxy collisions are common most of them are not head-on smashups like this Arp-Madore system. Get spooked and find out what lies inside this ghostly apparition from the link in our bio. ⁣ ⁣ #halloween #spooky #space #galaxies #nasa #facesinplaces

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They did the Monster Mash… in SPACE! 👻🎃💫 ⁣ ⁣ Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopev, European Space Agency astronaut Alex Gerst and NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor posed for a Halloween photo on the @iss in 2018.⁣ ⁣ If you have a stellar space-themed Halloween costume, share your photos with us using #NASAcostume ⁣ #nasa #space #halloween #spooky

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Saturn on Insta vs. Saturn IRL 👀⁣ ⁣ An illusion of perspective, Saturn’s moon Tethys seems to hang above the planet's north pole in this view from @NASAJPL's Cassini spacecraft that was captured on Jan. 26, 2015. Tethys is actually farther away than Saturn in this image. Lacking visual clues about distance, our brains place the moon above Saturn's north pole, but like all of Saturn's major moons and its ring system, Tethys actually orbits almost exactly at the planet’s equator.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute⁣ ⁣ #nasa #nasacassini #Saturn #moon #space #planet #photography

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Name that city! Shoutout to the first correct answer naming the two cities and the bridge connecting them seen in this photo. Easy, huh? . . . . . #citiesfromspace #citiesatnight #earthatnight #earthfromabove #viewfromabove #astronaut #nasa #spacex #Rocketship #spaceship #SpaceshipEarth #spacestation #pilotseye #piloteyes #pilotsview #aviationdaily #aviationphotography #avgeeks #pilots #planespotter #instaaviation #pilotslife #planelovers #airbuslovers #lufthansa

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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

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“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

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🧭 Explorer, 📸 photographer, ⛰️ geologist, 🧪 chemist... Mars Curiosity does it all!⁣ ⁣ The rover captured images on Oct. 11 for this celebratory #selfie, after its second-ever "wet chemistry" experiment using solvents to help its portable laboratory detect certain carbon-based molecules important to the formation of life, called organic compounds. ⁣ ⁣ About 984 feet (300 meters) behind the rover is Vera Rubin Ridge, which Curiosity departed nearly a year ago. Beyond the ridge, you can see the floor of Gale Crater and the crater's northern rim. Curiosity has been ascending Mount Sharp, a 3-mile-tall (5-kilometer-tall) mountain inside the crater.⁣ ⁣ The individual images in this selfie were taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), a camera on the end of the rover's robotic arm. The images are stitched together into a panorama; the robotic arm isn't visible in the parts of the images used in the composite.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS⁣ ⁣ #mars #rover #solarsystem #nasa #chemistry #robots

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A trail of night lights ✨ ✨ ✨ This image compiles over 400 time-lapse photos taken by @astro_christina from the International Space Station (@ISS), as the station traveled from Namibia toward the Red Sea on July 5, 2019.⁣ ⁣ Here, stationary features like cities appear as pale yellow-white dotted streaks; many of the thinner dotted lines with darker orange hues are seasonal fires burning. Northward, you can see bright white lightning flashes from thunderstorms and above the horizon, a faint green-yellow tracing of the upper atmosphere known as airglow.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣ Caption: Andrea Meado, Jacobs Technology⁣ ⁣ #StarTrails #Stars #space #airglow #timelapse #nasa

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Showcasing: New spacesuits for #artemis generation astronauts! ✨👩‍🚀👨‍🚀⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The red, white and blue Exploration Extravehicular mobility Unit (xEMU) is designed for planetary missions to the Moon and Mars and spacewalks outside the station. With new upgrades such as advanced mobility, enhanced communications systems and protection from extreme temperatures - our @NASAAstronauts will be able to accomplish more complex tasks on the lunar South Pole in 2024. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The orange Orion Crew Survival System (OCSS) suit is designed for launch and re-entry, high-risk situations and emergencies. With upgrades such as enhanced mobility, a lighter, stronger helmet and fire resistant material - future astronauts will be kept safe during high-intensity situations.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Check out the link in bio for more! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #nasa #spacesuits #fashion #space #artemis #suitup

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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

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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

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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

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Celebrate Spitzer's Super Sweet 16! 🎂⁣ ⁣ Since 2003, our Spitzer Space Telescope has been lifting the veil on the wonders of the cosmos, from our own solar system to faraway galaxies, using infrared light! ✨💫⭐️⁣ ⁣ Thanks to Spitzer, we've confirm the presence of seven rocky, Earth-size planets, received weather maps of hot, gaseous exoplanets and discovered a hidden ring around Saturn. ⁣ ⁣ 🥳 In honor of Spitzer's Sweet 16 in space, enjoy 10 jaw-dropping images from its mission. Check out our link in bio for more on these discoveries! ⁣ ⁣ #spitzerspacetelescope #nasa #sweet16 #space #explorer #Stars

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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

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We have always been futuristic in our productions and designs. With a collaboration with @NASA and @houstonmethodist, we’re ready to take this a step forward by being the first automaker to subject samples of our carbon fiber composite materials to the extreme environment of space at the @ISS. Their analysis would yield interesting and useful results for the automotive and medical fields. Photo by @philipprupprecht_ . #lamborghini #aventadorsvj #nasa #space

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"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)⁣

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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

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#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

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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

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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

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August 2019 is continuing an active Amazon fire season, with large and intense fires burning in the region. NASA satellites tracked actively burning fires across South America and captured images of smoke in the last week. So far, in 2019, the region is experiencing more fires, with more intense burns, than in recent years.⁣⁣ ⁣ Credits: NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview, Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS) data from NASA EOSDIS, and data from the Global Fire Emissions Database (GFED).⁣ ⁣⁣ #nasa #Amazon #amazonia #fire #earth #SatelliteImagery ⁣⁣ ⁣

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"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

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From the vantage point of 250 miles above Earth, astronauts aboard the International Space Station (@ISS) captured these views of #hurricanedorian on Sept 2. Now a high category 2 hurricane, the storm is beginning to move northwestward.⁣ ⁣ Following a hurricane’s landfall, flooding and power outages are mapped using @NOAA and @NASAEarth satellites. Having data on the various factors of a severe storm can help first responders and recovery efforts. ⁣ ⁣ Stay safe and visit our hurricane blog for updates: https://go.nasa.gov/Dorian ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/ESA ⁣ ⁣ #hurricane #nasa #weather #space

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Ursa Major is one of the most famous constellations in the sky, visible throughout the year from the northern hemisphere. The seven brightest stars of the Ursa form the asterism of the Big Dipper, which can be used to find other stars. In fact, by prolonging five times the distance that separates the two brightest stars of the constellation, Dubhe and Merak, the Polar Star can be identified. . . 🇮🇹: L'Orsa Maggiore è una delle costellazioni più famose del cielo, visibile per tutto l'anno dall'emisfero nord. Le sette stelle più luminose dell'Orsa formano l'asterismo del Grande Carro, che può essere utilizzato per trovare altre stelle. Prolungando per cinque volte infatti la distanza che separa le due stelle più luminose della costellazione, Dubhe e Merak, si arriva ad individuare la Stella Polare. Prolungando invece la coda dell'Orsa si trova Arturo, la stella più luminosa della costellazione del Boote. #solarsystem #planet #space #nasa #nebula #astronomy #astronomia #astrophoto #AstroPhotography #Cosmos #universe #milkyway #astrophysics #Stars #moon #science #universo #telescope #astronaut #galaxy #nightsky #hubble #astro #planets #cosmology #hubbletelescope #astronomer #astronomylover #constellation #bigdipper

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Greenland is where it’s at. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ And by “it,” we mean three of our different ice measuring missions — Operation #IceBridge, Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) and the Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS). ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ IceBridge is in Greenland beginning a series of flights to measure sea ice and land ice during the summer melt season. OMG is studying the ocean’s effect on the island’s melt and AVIRIS is verifying how the satellite #ICESat2’s lasers are working to see melty ice. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ In the last image, you can see all three planes meeting on the runway. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Image 1 & 2: Linette Boisvert/NASA⁣⁣ Image 3 & 4: John Sonntag/NASA⁣⁣ Image 5: Eugenia de Marco/NASA⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #nasa #earth #ice

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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

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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

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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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IT'S LAUNCH DAY! CRS19 is vertical on launch pad 40. This is the 19th resupply mission for SpaceX. The #dragon spacecraft will deliver over 5000lbs of supplies to the International space station. The booster will attempt a landing on drone ship #ofcourseistillloveyou #GODRAGONGO! 🍀🍀🍀 . . . . . . . . . Credit to babaganush #spacex #space #science #travel #technology #engineering #tech #technology #Sciences #amazing #awesome #launch #rocket #future #adventure #nasa #Innovation #mars #iss #usa

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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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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

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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

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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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“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

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Happy #flagday! ⁣ ⁣ One of the most iconic images from the #apollo11 mission is of Buzz Aldrin saluting the American flag on the surface of the Moon. But did you know that over the next three years, five more flags joined the one left by Apollo 11 — and that many other flags have flown onboard our spacecraft? ⁣ ⁣ Scroll through and read the comments to learn about stars and stripes in space!⁣ ⁣ Image Credit 1-8: NASA⁣⁣ ⁣ #nasa #space #moon

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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

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Flying through a fire cloud ☁️🔥☁️⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ This photo from roughly 30,000 ft (9 km) shows how smoke particles reflect light in ways that make the Sun appear blazing orange. Our DC-8 flying laboratory passed directly through a large fire cloud — called a pyrocumulonimbus — on August 8 as it was rising from a fire in eastern Washington, giving scientists a look at the phenomena. These clouds form when the intense heat of wildfires lift the smoke above the boundary layer, the lowest part of Earth's atmosphere.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ The flight was part of a joint NOAA and NASA field campaign called FIREX-AQ. Scientists are studying the composition and chemistry of smoke in the atmosphere to better understand its impact on air quality and climate.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ NASA Earth Observatory image credit: NASA/Joshua Stevens⁣⁣ Photography credits: U.S. Naval Research Laboratory/David Peterson⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ #nasa #wildfires #science #Clouds #fires #ourplanet