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Take this life hack from galaxies: they don’t let labels define them 🙅‍♀‍The galaxy pictured above is tricky to classify. While it is sometimes classified as a spiral galaxy, similar to our own Milky Way, it is also sometimes classified as a lenticular galaxy. Lenticular galaxies are a galaxy type that sits between spiral and elliptical varieties. Here’s how you can tell: While the spiral arms of this galaxy are distinguishable, they’re not clearly defined. Pictured here, the tip of one arm appears to be diffused. The way we grow and change – galaxies do, too! A galaxy's morphology (and therefore their classification) can vary throughout their lifetime. Spiral galaxies are thought to evolve into elliptical. This can happen by merging with one another, causing them to lose their distinctive spiral structure. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Riess et al.#NASA #Hubble #Galaxies #LifeHacks #Uniqueness

Take this life hack from galaxies: they don’t let labels define them 🙅‍♀‍The galaxy pictured above is tricky to classify. While it is sometimes classified as a spiral galaxy, similar to our own Milky Way, it is also sometimes classified as a lenticular galaxy. Lenticular galaxies are a galaxy type that sits between spiral and elliptical varieties. Here’s how you can tell: While the spiral arms of this galaxy are distinguishable, they’re not clearly defined. Pictured here, the tip of one arm appears to be diffused. The way we grow and change – galaxies do, too! A galaxy's morphology (and therefore their classification) can vary throughout their lifetime. Spiral galaxies are thought to evolve into elliptical. This can happen by merging with one another, causing them to lose their distinctive spiral structure. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Riess et al. #NASA #Hubble #Galaxies #LifeHacks #Uniqueness

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☀️ Learn from flowers - always angle towards the Sun. One truly believes in the wonders of nature, when you see the 'larger picture'. An orbital sunrise is pictured here from the International Space Station (@ISS) as it soared 265 miles above the Indian Ocean off the coast of Western Australia. Orbiting Earth once every 90 minutes, the ISS soars into 16 sunrises & sunsets every single day. Many of these sunrises occurring while the brave crew is working or resting with the end all goal of exploring, discovering, and expanding knowledge for the benefit of humanity. We can’t think of any words, in any language, to match the beauty of an orbital sunrise... Can you? Credit: NASA #NASA #ISS #Views #Sky #Galaxy #Universe #Glow #Day #Night #Nature

☀️ Learn from flowers - always angle towards the Sun. One truly believes in the wonders of nature, when you see the 'larger picture'. An orbital sunrise is pictured here from the International Space Station (@ISS) as it soared 265 miles above the Indian Ocean off the coast of Western Australia. Orbiting Earth once every 90 minutes, the ISS soars into 16 sunrises & sunsets every single day. Many of these sunrises occurring while the brave crew is working or resting with the end all goal of exploring, discovering, and expanding knowledge for the benefit of humanity. We can’t think of any words, in any language, to match the beauty of an orbital sunrise... Can you? Credit: NASA #NASA #ISS #Views #Sky #Galaxy #Universe #Glow #Day #Night #Nature

689855 2,377 1 day ago
🥺😍🌙 With our eyes to the skies, we felt our hearts skip a beat and we admired. A view of a lifetime. Shown here, we see a partial solar eclipse as the Sun peeks behind the United States Capitol Building and from the Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse, on June 10, 2021. Solar eclipses happen when the Moon dances in front of the Sun, from the viewpoint of our planet. A "ring of fire" or annular eclipse occurs when the Moon is near its farthest point from Earth during an eclipse, so the Moon appears smaller than the Sun in the sky and doesn't block the whole solar disk. The “ring of fire” solar eclipse was only visible to some people in Greenland, Northern Russia, and Canada. 🌘 We're feeling the feels. Tag a loved one you would like to catch the next solar eclipse with below! Credit: 1. NASA/Bill Ingalls
2. NASA/Aubrey Gemignani #NASA #Eclipse #Galaxy #Moon #Universe #RingOfFire #Nature #AnnularEclipse

🥺😍🌙 With our eyes to the skies, we felt our hearts skip a beat and we admired. A view of a lifetime. Shown here, we see a partial solar eclipse as the Sun peeks behind the United States Capitol Building and from the Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse, on June 10, 2021. Solar eclipses happen when the Moon dances in front of the Sun, from the viewpoint of our planet. A "ring of fire" or annular eclipse occurs when the Moon is near its farthest point from Earth during an eclipse, so the Moon appears smaller than the Sun in the sky and doesn't block the whole solar disk. The “ring of fire” solar eclipse was only visible to some people in Greenland, Northern Russia, and Canada. 🌘 We're feeling the feels. Tag a loved one you would like to catch the next solar eclipse with below! Credit: 1. NASA/Bill Ingalls
2. NASA/Aubrey Gemignani #NASA #Eclipse #Galaxy #Moon #Universe #RingOfFire #Nature #AnnularEclipse

1106742 4,226 3 days ago
Blended, not stirred, please.Shown here we see Arp 299, a galactic system located about 140 million light-years from Earth that contains two swirling galaxies merging. As two become one, shock waves rumble through both galaxies and trigger waves of new star formation. Some of these stars are very large and live brief and violent lives.  Data from @nasachandraxray reveals 25 bright X-ray sources sprinkled throughout. Fourteen of these sources are such strong emitters of X-rays that astronomers categorize them as "ultra-luminous X-ray sources," or ULXs. These ULXs are likely binary systems where a black hole or neutron star is pulling material from a companion star.This composite image contains X-ray data from Chandra (pink), higher-energy X-ray data from NuSTAR (purple), and optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope (white and faint brown). Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ of Crete/K. Anastasopoulou et al, NASA/NuSTAR/GSFC/A. Ptak et al; Optical: NASA/STScI#NASA #Space #Galaxy #XRay #Stars #Universe #LetsGetInFormation

Blended, not stirred, please.Shown here we see Arp 299, a galactic system located about 140 million light-years from Earth that contains two swirling galaxies merging. As two become one, shock waves rumble through both galaxies and trigger waves of new star formation. Some of these stars are very large and live brief and violent lives. Data from @nasachandraxray reveals 25 bright X-ray sources sprinkled throughout. Fourteen of these sources are such strong emitters of X-rays that astronomers categorize them as "ultra-luminous X-ray sources," or ULXs. These ULXs are likely binary systems where a black hole or neutron star is pulling material from a companion star.This composite image contains X-ray data from Chandra (pink), higher-energy X-ray data from NuSTAR (purple), and optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope (white and faint brown). Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ of Crete/K. Anastasopoulou et al, NASA/NuSTAR/GSFC/A. Ptak et al; Optical: NASA/STScI #NASA #Space #Galaxy #XRay #Stars #Universe #LetsGetInFormation

686749 2,350 3 days ago
Drops of Jupiter’s [moon] 🌕 ✨Jupiter’s giant moon, Ganymede, is pictured here in two of the first images to be received on Earth from our Juno spacecraft’s June 7, 2021 flyby of the icy moon. The flyby was one of the closest any spacecraft has gotten to Jupiter’s largest moon in more than 20 years. At the time of its closest approach, Juno was within 645 miles (1,038 kilometers) of Ganymede’s surface.Picture this: Ganymede is bigger than the planet Mercury! 🤯Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS#NASA #Jupiter #Juno #Moon

Drops of Jupiter’s [moon] 🌕 ✨Jupiter’s giant moon, Ganymede, is pictured here in two of the first images to be received on Earth from our Juno spacecraft’s June 7, 2021 flyby of the icy moon. The flyby was one of the closest any spacecraft has gotten to Jupiter’s largest moon in more than 20 years. At the time of its closest approach, Juno was within 645 miles (1,038 kilometers) of Ganymede’s surface.Picture this: Ganymede is bigger than the planet Mercury! 🤯Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS #NASA #Jupiter #Juno #Moon

1193815 3,968 4 days ago
🌎🌊 Sea your planet.⁣⁣Astronaut Shane Kimbrough (@Astro_Kimbrough) took this photo of Earth from the windows of the @SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour, which is currently docked to the International Space Station (@iss).⁣⁣Seen here is the Baja Peninsula, the Sea of California, and western portions of Mexico. To the left of the frame, you can also see the Canadian-built Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator, also known as Dextre. Dextre is the @CanadianSpaceAgency's robotic arm that performs routine maintenance on the @iss, sometimes aiding astronauts with hard-to-reach tasks during excursions outside the space station, and overall reducing the need for spacewalks.⁣⁣You can also marvel at the fragile, blue layer of atmosphere that protects our planet’s lands and oceans. Tomorrow, June 8, is #WorldOceansDay, and we’ll be sharing info on our social media accounts on how we study these sources of life. As our planet’s climate continues to change, we want to understand how one of our biggest ecosystems is changing with it. Dive in with us.⁣⁣Credit: NASA⁣⁣#Earth #Views #BajaCalifornia #Space #FromAbove⁣

🌎🌊 Sea your planet.⁣⁣Astronaut Shane Kimbrough (@Astro_Kimbrough) took this photo of Earth from the windows of the @SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour, which is currently docked to the International Space Station (@iss).⁣⁣Seen here is the Baja Peninsula, the Sea of California, and western portions of Mexico. To the left of the frame, you can also see the Canadian-built Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator, also known as Dextre. Dextre is the @CanadianSpaceAgency's robotic arm that performs routine maintenance on the @iss, sometimes aiding astronauts with hard-to-reach tasks during excursions outside the space station, and overall reducing the need for spacewalks.⁣⁣You can also marvel at the fragile, blue layer of atmosphere that protects our planet’s lands and oceans. Tomorrow, June 8, is #WorldOceansDay, and we’ll be sharing info on our social media accounts on how we study these sources of life. As our planet’s climate continues to change, we want to understand how one of our biggest ecosystems is changing with it. Dive in with us.⁣⁣Credit: NASA⁣⁣ #Earth #Views #BajaCalifornia #Space #FromAbove

830090 3,813 5 days ago
The center of our Milky Way galaxy is aglow 🌌⁣⁣This 2004 @NASAChandraXRay image was produced by combining a dozen observations of a region 130 light-years across, in the center of the Milky Way. Chandra is a telescope designed to detect X-ray emissions from very hot regions of the universe. ⁣⁣Here, the bright colors represent X-rays according to their energy level: low (red ) medium (green) and high (blue). Thanks to Chandra, astronomers have been able to identify thousands of point-like X-ray sources: neutron stars, black holes, white dwarfs, foreground stars, and background galaxies. What remains is a diffuse X-ray glow extending from the upper left to the lower right, along the direction of the disk of the galaxy.⁣⁣The spectrum of the diffuse glow is consistent with a hot gas cloud that contains two components: 10-million-degree Celsius gas, and 100-million-degree gas. The diffuse X-rays appear to be the brightest part of a ridge of X-ray emission that stretches for several thousand light years along the disk of the galaxy. The extent of this ridge implies that the diffuse hot gas in this image is probably not being heated by the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.⁣⁣Credit: NASA/CXC/UCLA/MIT/M.Muno et al.⁣⁣#NASA #XRays #Galaxy #MilkyWay #Glowing

The center of our Milky Way galaxy is aglow 🌌⁣⁣This 2004 @NASAChandraXRay image was produced by combining a dozen observations of a region 130 light-years across, in the center of the Milky Way. Chandra is a telescope designed to detect X-ray emissions from very hot regions of the universe. ⁣⁣Here, the bright colors represent X-rays according to their energy level: low (red ) medium (green) and high (blue). Thanks to Chandra, astronomers have been able to identify thousands of point-like X-ray sources: neutron stars, black holes, white dwarfs, foreground stars, and background galaxies. What remains is a diffuse X-ray glow extending from the upper left to the lower right, along the direction of the disk of the galaxy.⁣⁣The spectrum of the diffuse glow is consistent with a hot gas cloud that contains two components: 10-million-degree Celsius gas, and 100-million-degree gas. The diffuse X-rays appear to be the brightest part of a ridge of X-ray emission that stretches for several thousand light years along the disk of the galaxy. The extent of this ridge implies that the diffuse hot gas in this image is probably not being heated by the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.⁣⁣Credit: NASA/CXC/UCLA/MIT/M.Muno et al.⁣⁣ #NASA #XRays #Galaxy #MilkyWay #Glowing

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Not your average filter pic ✨💫Located about 120 million light-years from Earth, this spiral galaxy features a group of gravitational bound galaxies in fantastic detail. 📸We often attribute astronomical masterpieces like these taken by the @NASAHubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), but how does an image like this come to be? 🎨The Hubble observes objects such as this one using a range of filters. Each filter is set to allow certain wavelengths of light to reach the Hubble’s WFC3. Based on the corresponding wavelengths of light from emitted from the astronomical object, specialists make informed choices about which color best corresponds with the wavelength of light for each filter. 🌌Combining these uniquely colored images from each filter creates the full color image that reveals deep insight into the nature and appearance of these objects. Credit: @EuropeanSpaceAgency/Hubble & NASA, A. Riess et al.; Acknowledgment: M. Zamani#NASA #Hubble #FilterFun #Astrophoto

Not your average filter pic ✨💫Located about 120 million light-years from Earth, this spiral galaxy features a group of gravitational bound galaxies in fantastic detail. 📸We often attribute astronomical masterpieces like these taken by the @NASAHubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), but how does an image like this come to be? 🎨The Hubble observes objects such as this one using a range of filters. Each filter is set to allow certain wavelengths of light to reach the Hubble’s WFC3. Based on the corresponding wavelengths of light from emitted from the astronomical object, specialists make informed choices about which color best corresponds with the wavelength of light for each filter. 🌌Combining these uniquely colored images from each filter creates the full color image that reveals deep insight into the nature and appearance of these objects. Credit: @EuropeanSpaceAgency/Hubble & NASA, A. Riess et al.; Acknowledgment: M. Zamani #NASA #Hubble #FilterFun #Astrophoto

992148 3,316 7 days ago
🚀 Rockets, science, and bears - oh my! Yesterday at 1:29pm ET, a @SpaceX Dragon spacecraft successfully lifted off to the International Space Station (@ISS) from @nasakennedy in Florida, carrying more than 7,300 pounds of science experiments, new solar rays, and other vital cargo. Studies include an investigation of how microscopic water bears react to life in microgravity, and an experiment aimed at giving scientists fundamental knowledge of how good microbes interact with animal tissue. 🤔 Did you know? Water bears can survive in conditions that would prove fatal for most other animals, such as exposure to extreme temperatures, pressure, and radiation. Long story short: They are basically indestructible superheroes that make them the perfect test subjects for providing insight into biological survival in space and here on Earth. The Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to autonomously dock at the space station tomorrow, Sat., June 5 at about 5:00 a.m. EDT and will remain at the station for approximately one month. ➡️ Catch the live coverage of arrival and docking beginning at 3:30 a.m. EDT on NASA TV! Credit: NASA/Tony Gray and Kevin O’Connell #NASA #SpaceX #Rocket #Launch #Success #Universe #ISS #Dragon #NotAllSuperHeroesWearCapes

🚀 Rockets, science, and bears - oh my! Yesterday at 1:29pm ET, a @SpaceX Dragon spacecraft successfully lifted off to the International Space Station (@ISS) from @nasakennedy in Florida, carrying more than 7,300 pounds of science experiments, new solar rays, and other vital cargo. Studies include an investigation of how microscopic water bears react to life in microgravity, and an experiment aimed at giving scientists fundamental knowledge of how good microbes interact with animal tissue. 🤔 Did you know? Water bears can survive in conditions that would prove fatal for most other animals, such as exposure to extreme temperatures, pressure, and radiation. Long story short: They are basically indestructible superheroes that make them the perfect test subjects for providing insight into biological survival in space and here on Earth. The Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to autonomously dock at the space station tomorrow, Sat., June 5 at about 5:00 a.m. EDT and will remain at the station for approximately one month. ➡️ Catch the live coverage of arrival and docking beginning at 3:30 a.m. EDT on NASA TV! Credit: NASA/Tony Gray and Kevin O’Connell #NASA #SpaceX #Rocket #Launch #Success #Universe #ISS #Dragon #NotAllSuperHeroesWearCapes

817288 2,627 8 days ago
This month has many treats for you stargazers! Here’s a breakdown of when and where to look up: ⁣⁣😎June 10 – A partial solar eclipse visible in the Northeast U.S., Eastern Canada, and Northern Europe. ⁣☀️June 20 – The Summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere at 11:32 p.m. EDT.⁣🍓June 24 – A “Strawberry” Full Moon. ⁣🔭All month – The constellation Scorpius visible in the evening southern sky, and Saturn and Jupiter visible in the south at dawn. ⁣⁣And for more Jupiter excitement in June, @NASASolarSystem’s Juno spacecraft is making its next close flyby over Jupiter on June 8th, and this time it will also make a low-altitude flyby over the planet-sized, icy moon Ganymede on June 7th. ⁣⁣Credit: NASA⁣⁣#TipsAndTricks #SkyGazing #AstronomyLover #Constellations #NASA #LookUp⁣

This month has many treats for you stargazers! Here’s a breakdown of when and where to look up: ⁣⁣😎June 10 – A partial solar eclipse visible in the Northeast U.S., Eastern Canada, and Northern Europe. ⁣☀️June 20 – The Summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere at 11:32 p.m. EDT.⁣🍓June 24 – A “Strawberry” Full Moon. ⁣🔭All month – The constellation Scorpius visible in the evening southern sky, and Saturn and Jupiter visible in the south at dawn. ⁣⁣And for more Jupiter excitement in June, @NASASolarSystem’s Juno spacecraft is making its next close flyby over Jupiter on June 8th, and this time it will also make a low-altitude flyby over the planet-sized, icy moon Ganymede on June 7th. ⁣⁣Credit: NASA⁣⁣ #TipsAndTricks #SkyGazing #AstronomyLover #Constellations #NASA #LookUp

201882 755 9 days ago
Two bold new @NASASolarSystem missions, DAVINCI+ and VERITAS, will become the first NASA spacecraft in 30 years to visit this hot, hellish, unforgiving world.⁣⁣They'll seek to understand how Venus became an inferno-like world, when it has so many other characteristics similar to Earth. ⁣⁣DAVINCI+, a descent sphere that will plunge through Venus' thick atmosphere, will measure its composition to understand how it formed and evolved, and determine whether the planet ever had an ocean. It'll also take the first high resolution pictures of the unique geological features on Venus known as “tesserae,” which may be comparable to Earth’s continents.⁣⁣VERITAS, an orbiter, will map Venus’ surface to determine the planet’s geologic history and understand why it developed so differently than Earth. It will chart surface elevations over nearly the entire planet to create 3D reconstructions of topography and confirm whether processes such as plate tectonics and volcanism are still active on Venus.⁣⁣Credit: NASA⁣ 360⁣#Venus #PlanetaryScience #SolarSystem #Spacecraft

Two bold new @NASASolarSystem missions, DAVINCI+ and VERITAS, will become the first NASA spacecraft in 30 years to visit this hot, hellish, unforgiving world.⁣⁣They'll seek to understand how Venus became an inferno-like world, when it has so many other characteristics similar to Earth. ⁣⁣DAVINCI+, a descent sphere that will plunge through Venus' thick atmosphere, will measure its composition to understand how it formed and evolved, and determine whether the planet ever had an ocean. It'll also take the first high resolution pictures of the unique geological features on Venus known as “tesserae,” which may be comparable to Earth’s continents.⁣⁣VERITAS, an orbiter, will map Venus’ surface to determine the planet’s geologic history and understand why it developed so differently than Earth. It will chart surface elevations over nearly the entire planet to create 3D reconstructions of topography and confirm whether processes such as plate tectonics and volcanism are still active on Venus.⁣⁣Credit: NASA⁣ 360⁣ #Venus #PlanetaryScience #SolarSystem #Spacecraft

270777 2,027 10 days ago
Weathering the 2021 hurricane season 🌀Today marks the first day of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. Here at NASA, we’re developing new technology to help study storm formation and impact. Here’s five fast facts how: 1️⃣ Viewing storms from spaceIn addition to the vantage point of space, satellites can capture other wavelengths of light, such as infrared, which can help identify features our eyes can’t on their own.2️⃣ Satellites can see inside hurricanes in 3DBy looking inside a hurricane, scientists can help understand how the storm is changing by studying the precipitation structure of the storm over time and monitor the risk of severe flooding.3️⃣ Understanding climate change’s effect on storm behaviorMore storms are increasing in strength quickly, a process called rapid intensification, where hurricane wind speeds increase by 35 mph (or more) in just 24 hours. 4️⃣ Monitoring the damage done by hurricanesMeasurements from the ground, the air, and space can give researchers insights into the way these storms reshape natural habitats and communities.5️⃣ Helping communities prepare for storms and respond to the aftermathThe data collected is available for free to the public, which regional and local governments use to prepare for and understand the impacts of these disasters.Working together with partners such as @NOAA and @FEMA, NASA is ready to help communities weather another year of storms.Credit: NASA#NASA #HurricaneSeason2021 #Hurricanes

Weathering the 2021 hurricane season 🌀Today marks the first day of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. Here at NASA, we’re developing new technology to help study storm formation and impact. Here’s five fast facts how: 1️⃣ Viewing storms from spaceIn addition to the vantage point of space, satellites can capture other wavelengths of light, such as infrared, which can help identify features our eyes can’t on their own.2️⃣ Satellites can see inside hurricanes in 3DBy looking inside a hurricane, scientists can help understand how the storm is changing by studying the precipitation structure of the storm over time and monitor the risk of severe flooding.3️⃣ Understanding climate change’s effect on storm behaviorMore storms are increasing in strength quickly, a process called rapid intensification, where hurricane wind speeds increase by 35 mph (or more) in just 24 hours. 4️⃣ Monitoring the damage done by hurricanesMeasurements from the ground, the air, and space can give researchers insights into the way these storms reshape natural habitats and communities.5️⃣ Helping communities prepare for storms and respond to the aftermathThe data collected is available for free to the public, which regional and local governments use to prepare for and understand the impacts of these disasters.Working together with partners such as @NOAA and @FEMA, NASA is ready to help communities weather another year of storms.Credit: NASA #NASA #HurricaneSeason2021 #Hurricanes

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