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The Tasmania Fire Service webpage shows that all fires captured in this Aqua image from April 20, 2018 are, in fact, fires deliberately set for land management. This is a very important part of making sure that vast swaths of land don't burn during a lightning strike. In order to guard against this, firefighters take out areas of scrub, dead grasses, underbrush, and other flammable detritus so that if the area is hit by lightning or someone carelessly starts a fire, that fire does not get out of control quickly using that detritus as kindling for exacerbating the fire. . In fact prescribed fires are actually used for more than just fire management. These fires help in these ways: . After many years of fire exclusion, an ecosystem that needs periodic fire becomes unhealthy. Trees are stressed by overcrowding; fire-dependent species disappear; and flammable fuels build up and become hazardous. The right fire at the right place at the right time: . Reduces hazardous fuels, protecting human communities from extreme fires; minimizes the spread of pest insects and disease; removes unwanted species that threaten species native to an ecosystem; provides forage for game; improves habitat for threatened and endangered species; recycles nutrients back to the soil; and promotes the growth of trees, wildflowers, and other plants; . This image was captured by NASA's Aqua satellite using the MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) instrument onboard on April 20, 2018. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS’s thermal bands, are outlined in red. . NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team, GSFC #nasagoddard #fire #Tasmania #earth

9 hours ago

Image from space captures clear skies for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding day. . NASA’s Terra satellite captured clear skies over London, England, today, Saturday, May 19, the day of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding day. . This natural-color satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that flies aboard the Terra satellite. The image shows mostly clear skies over London and allowed MODIS a nearly unobstructed view of the site of the royal wedding. . According to Met Office, the UK's national weather service, an area of high pressure over the North Sea will bring largely dry and mild conditions to the United Kingdom on Saturday, May 19, 2018. . Credit: NASA/Goddard/MODIS/Terra #nasagoddard #RoyalWedding #London #UK #MeghanMarkle #PrinceHarry

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Sweltering, Smoky Fires in Siberia A large number of intense have spread across far eastern this spring, shrouding the skies, roads, and forests in smoke. In just six days between May 7–13, 2018, Russian firefighters beat back 693 fires in 40 territories. Many of the fires were located in the Amur Oblast region in . Crews are still working to extinguish fires in the area. This image of the blazes in Amur Oblast was captured by 8 on May 7, 2018. Natural-color data (bands 4–3–2) are overlaid with infrared data (bands 6 and 5) to reveal still-burning hot spots. A dry, warm winter has set the stage for a difficult wildfire season in 2018 in Russia. Forest fires are common in this heavily forested region, and the season usually starts in April or May. Farmers in this area also burn old crops to help clear fields and replenish the soil with nutrients; such fires occasionally burn out of control. Amur Oblast has so far experienced more fires per month this year than any since 2008, according to the Global Fire Emissions Database. Scientists have observed a spike in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and aerosols since the recent Siberian fires started raging. Aerosols, tiny airborne particles in the smoke, have been carried by weather fronts across the Pacific Ocean and into Canada, according to NASA’s Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite. The large quantities and long-distance transport of these aerosols could indicate a pyrocumulus event. Towering clouds are formed by heat from fire, rather than evaporation from sun-warmed ground. They tend to loft high into the atmosphere, where it can be swept away by upper–level winds. Also, high levels of carbon monoxide are forecasted to reach the Arctic, according to Mark Parrington, a senior scientist at the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service of the European Centre for Medium–Range Weather Forecasts. https://go.nasa.gov/2rT5HEE @nasa #fires #Russia #Siberia. #Landsat #pyrocumulus #smoke #nasaearth #amuroblast #forestfire #forestfires #wildfire Via: - @nasa_eo #nasa_eo #Nasa

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Resembling a wizard’s staff set aglow, NGC 1032 cleaves the quiet darkness of space in two in this image from Hubble. NGC 1032 is located about a hundred million light-years away in the constellation Cetus (the Sea Monster). Although beautiful, this image perhaps does not do justice to the galaxy’s true aesthetic appeal: NGC 1032 is actually a spectacular spiral galaxy, but from Earth, the galaxy’s vast disk of gas, dust and stars is seen nearly edge-on. A handful of other galaxies can be seen lurking in the background, scattered around the narrow strip of NGC 1032. Many are oriented face-on or at tilted angles, showing off their glamorous spiral arms and bright cores. Such orientations provide a wealth of detail about the arms and their nuclei, but fully understanding a galaxy’s three-dimensional structure also requires an edge-on view. This gives astronomers an overall idea of how stars are distributed throughout the galaxy and allows them to measure the “height” of the disk and the bright star-studded core. For the full story, head to nasa.gov/hubble Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA #NASA #Hubble #space #science #astronomy #universe #telescope #cosmos #HubbleFriday #galaxy Via: - @nasahubble #nasahubble #Nasa

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We are saddened to hear of Tom Wolfe’s passing and would like to extend our condolences to the Wolfe family. Author Tom Wolfe coined the term the "right stuff" in describing the fearless makeup of early test pilots at @edwardsairforcebase home of @NASAArmstrong. “Blue skies & tail winds” Credit: NASA Image/ X-15 Pilots, Left to Right: Air Force pilot William J. "Pete" Knight, Air Force Major Robert A. Rushworth, Air Force Captain Joseph H. Engle, NASA pilot Milton O. Thompson, NASA pilot Bill Dana, and NASA pilot John B. "Jack" McKay. #TomWolfe #TheRightStuff Via: - @nasaarmstrong #nasaarmstrong #Nasa

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Resembling a wizard’s staff set aglow, NGC 1032 cleaves the quiet darkness of space in two in this image from Hubble. NGC 1032 is located about a hundred million light-years away in the constellation Cetus (the Sea Monster). Although beautiful, this image perhaps does not do justice to the galaxy’s true aesthetic appeal: NGC 1032 is actually a spectacular spiral galaxy, but from Earth, the galaxy’s vast disk of gas, dust and stars is seen nearly edge-on. A handful of other galaxies can be seen lurking in the background, scattered around the narrow strip of NGC 1032. Many are oriented face-on or at tilted angles, showing off their glamorous spiral arms and bright cores. Such orientations provide a wealth of detail about the arms and their nuclei, but fully understanding a galaxy’s three-dimensional structure also requires an edge-on view. This gives astronomers an overall idea of how stars are distributed throughout the galaxy and allows them to measure the “height” of the disk and the bright star-studded core. For the full story, head to nasa.gov/hubble Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA #NASA #Hubble #space #science #astronomy #universe #telescope #cosmos #HubbleFriday #galaxy Via: - @nasahubble #nasahubble #Nasa

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Dynamic planet! This image captures the active nature of Jupiter's northern temperate belt, revealing a white, oval-shaped anticyclonic storm called WS-4. NASA’s Juno spacecraft took this color-enhanced image on April 1 during its 12th close flyby of the gas giant planet. At the time, the spacecraft was 4,087 miles (6,577 kilometers) from the tops of Jupiter’s clouds at 35.6 degrees north latitude. #NASA #JPL #Juno #Jupiter #planet #mission #space #science #citizenscience #astronomy #photography #STEM #STEAM Via: - @nasajuno #nasajuno #Nasa

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A powerful X-ray pulsar is whipping around its stellar partner at a record-breaking speed! These two stars orbit each other every 38 minutes, less than the amount of time it takes to stream an episode of your favorite tv sitcom. It’s the fastest-known orbit for this kind of binary star system, where a rapidly spinning, very dense star called a pulsar pulls material away from a lighter companion star. In this visualization you can see that the two stars in this system are closer to each other than Earth is to the Moon! Scientists were able to confirm the new record using our Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer aboard the International Space Station ( @ISS). Credit: @NASAGoddard #nasa #space #spacetelescope #star #universe #science #binarystars #pulsar #spacestation #iss #nicer #neutronstar #stars #xrays #orbit #space Via: - @nasa #nasa #Nasa

a day ago

A unique masterpiece among the stars. Enjoy @iss not only as an engineering marvel, but also a masterpiece of physical Art. It sustains our lives, allows us to work and conduct research on orbit, as well as having a singular beauty all its own. Watch the full length video in my ISS as Art highlight. Via: - @astrokomrade #astrokomrade #Nasa

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Astronomers are using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to study auroras — stunning light shows in a planet’s atmosphere — on the poles of the largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter. This observation program is supported by measurements made by NASA’s Juno spacecraft, currently on its way to Jupiter. Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, is best known for its colorful storms. Now astronomers have focused on another beautiful feature of the planet, using Hubble's ultraviolet capabilities.... Jonathan Nichols, principal investigator of the study said: “It almost seems as if Jupiter is throwing a firework party for the imminent arrival of Juno.” Happy ! Credit: NASA/ESA/J. Nichols #spacesaturday! #nasa #esa #hubble #juno #auroras #jupiter Via: - @explorenasa #explorenasa #Nasa

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Image from space captures clear skies for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding day. . NASA’s Terra satellite captured clear skies over London, England, today, Saturday, May 19, the day of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding day. . This natural-color satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that flies aboard the Terra satellite. The image shows mostly clear skies over London and allowed MODIS a nearly unobstructed view of the site of the royal wedding. . According to Met Office, the UK's national weather service, an area of high pressure over the North Sea will bring largely dry and mild conditions to the United Kingdom on Saturday, May 19, 2018. . Credit: NASA/Goddard/MODIS/Terra #nasagoddard #RoyalWedding #London #UK #MeghanMarkle #PrinceHarry Via: - @nasagoddard #nasagoddard #Nasa

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Right now Chandra is studying a supernova remnant in Scorpius! Nearby in the sky is NGC 6334, known as the Cat's Paw Nebula! This gigantic paw print is about 50 light years across and contains several tens of thousands of stars! Today's Observation: 9 hours 26 minutes Via: - @nasachandraxray #nasachandraxray #Nasa

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Resembling a wizard’s staff set aglow, NGC 1032 cleaves the quiet darkness of space in two in this image from Hubble. NGC 1032 is located about a hundred million light-years away in the constellation Cetus (the Sea Monster). Although beautiful, this image perhaps does not do justice to the galaxy’s true aesthetic appeal: NGC 1032 is actually a spectacular spiral galaxy, but from Earth, the galaxy’s vast disk of gas, dust and stars is seen nearly edge-on. A handful of other galaxies can be seen lurking in the background, scattered around the narrow strip of NGC 1032. Many are oriented face-on or at tilted angles, showing off their glamorous spiral arms and bright cores. Such orientations provide a wealth of detail about the arms and their nuclei, but fully understanding a galaxy’s three-dimensional structure also requires an edge-on view. This gives astronomers an overall idea of how stars are distributed throughout the galaxy and allows them to measure the “height” of the disk and the bright star-studded core. For the full story, head to nasa.gov/hubble Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA #NASA #Hubble #space #science #astronomy #universe #telescope #cosmos #HubbleFriday #galaxy Via: - @nasahubble #nasahubble #Nasa

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NASA Langley Scientist Rob Damadeo previews a mock-up of SAGE IV (left), which features an emerging design that reduces the size of the instrument. Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) III, right, is currently collecting atmospheric data from the International Space Station to monitor the health of our ozone layer. #science #nasa4earth #nasa #space #earth Via: - @nasa_langley #nasa_langley #Nasa

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View of the Apollo 9 Lunar Module "Spider" in a lunar landing configuration photographed by Command Module pilot David Scott inside the Command/Service Module "Gumdrop" on the fifth day of the Apollo 9 earth-orbital mission. #nasa #nasabeyond #nasagoddard #space #spaceship #spacestation #spaceman #spacecraft #spaceshuttle #spacetravel #spaceflight #spaceexploration #astro #astronomy #astrophotography #astronaut #science #solarsystem #outerspace #cosmos #universe #galactic #galaxy #rocket #mars #awesome #spacetoday

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Image from space captures clear skies for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding day. . NASA’s Terra satellite captured clear skies over London, England, today, Saturday, May 19, the day of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding day. . This natural-color satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that flies aboard the Terra satellite. The image shows mostly clear skies over London and allowed MODIS a nearly unobstructed view of the site of the royal wedding. . According to Met Office, the UK's national weather service, an area of high pressure over the North Sea will bring largely dry and mild conditions to the United Kingdom on Saturday, May 19, 2018. . Credit: NASA/Goddard/MODIS/Terra #nasagoddard #RoyalWedding #London #UK #MeghanMarkle #PrinceHarry

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Operation IceBridge, NASA’s longest-running airborne mission to monitor polar ice change, concluded this year’s springtime survey of Arctic sea and land ice on May 2. The flights, which began on March 22, covered the western basin of the Arctic Ocean and Greenland’s fastest-changing glaciers. . This image was taken during a research flight carried out on April 21 near Vestfjord Glacier in Scoresby Sund, along the eastern coast of Greenland. The photo shows a large iceberg that has broken the surrounding layer of consolidated sea ice. Flat floes of sea ice with fresh snow on top, areas of open water that are beginning to refreeze and neighboring smaller icebergs are visible. . The mission of Operation IceBridge is to collect data on changing polar land and sea ice and maintain continuity of measurements between NASA’s ICESat missions. The original ICESat mission launched in 2003 and ended in 2009, and its successor, ICESat-2, is scheduled for launch in September 2018. Operation IceBridge began in 2009 and is currently funded until 2020. . Credit: NASA/Linette Boisvert #nasagoddard #science #ice #snow #Greenland #arctic #sea #ocean #glacier

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Spring arrived in the United States on March 20, but that did not stop a winter storm from dropping snow across the Upper Midwest a month later. On April 19, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite captured this image of the snow dropped by the storm. Credit: NASA images by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response #nasagoddard #earth #snow #spring

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This colorful image, taken by @nasahubble, celebrates the Earth-orbiting observatory’s 28th anniversary of viewing the heavens, giving us a window seat to the universe’s extraordinary tapestry of stellar birth and destruction. . At the center of the photo, a monster young star 200,000 times brighter than our Sun is blasting powerful ultraviolet radiation and hurricane-like stellar winds, carving out a fantasy landscape of ridges, cavities, and mountains of gas and dust. . This mayhem is all happening at the heart of the Lagoon Nebula, a vast stellar nursery located 4,000 light-years away and visible in binoculars simply as a smudge of light with a bright core. . The giant star, called Herschel 36, is bursting out of its natal cocoon of material, unleashing blistering radiation and torrential stellar winds (streams of subatomic particles) that push dust away in curtain-like sheets. This action resembles the Sun bursting through the clouds at the end of an afternoon thunderstorm that showers sheets of rainfall. . Credit: NASA, ESA, and STScI #nasagoddard #Hubble #space #science #astronomy #star #nebula

3 days ago

Image from space captures clear skies for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding day. . NASA’s Terra satellite captured clear skies over London, England, today, Saturday, May 19, the day of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding day. . This natural-color satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that flies aboard the Terra satellite. The image shows mostly clear skies over London and allowed MODIS a nearly unobstructed view of the site of the royal wedding. . According to Met Office, the UK's national weather service, an area of high pressure over the North Sea will bring largely dry and mild conditions to the United Kingdom on Saturday, May 19, 2018. . Credit: NASA/Goddard/MODIS/Terra #nasagoddard #RoyalWedding #London #UK #MeghanMarkle #PrinceHarry

3 days ago

#FastRepost from @nasagoddard by @fastrepost_app ••• Image from space captures clear skies for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding day. . NASA’s Terra satellite captured clear skies over London, England, today, Saturday, May 19, the day of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding day. . This natural-color satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that flies aboard the Terra satellite. The image shows mostly clear skies over London and allowed MODIS a nearly unobstructed view of the site of the royal wedding. . According to Met Office, the UK's national weather service, an area of high pressure over the North Sea will bring largely dry and mild conditions to the United Kingdom on Saturday, May 19, 2018. . Credit: NASA/Goddard/MODIS/Terra #nasagoddard #RoyalWedding #London #UK #MeghanMarkle #PrinceHarry

3 days ago

RepostBy @nasagoddard: "Hubble's spies a cool galaxy with a hot corona, 150 million light-years from Earth Galaxy NGC 6753, imaged here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is a whirl of color — the bursts of blue throughout the spiral arms are regions filled with young stars glowing brightly in ultraviolet light, while redder areas are filled with older stars emitting in the cooler near-infrared. But there is more in this galaxy than meets the Hubble eye. At 150 million light-years from Earth, astronomers highlighted NGC 6753 as one of only two known spiral galaxies that were both massive enough and close enough to permit detailed observations of their coronas. Galactic coronas are huge, invisible regions of hot gas that surround a galaxy’s visible bulk, forming a spheroidal shape. Coronas are so hot that they can be detected by their X-ray emission, far beyond the optical radius of the galaxy. Because they are so wispy, these coronas are extremely difficult to detect. Galactic coronas are an example of telltale signs astronomers seek to help them determine how galaxies form. Despite the advances made in past decades, the process of galaxy formation remains an open question in astronomy. Various theories have been suggested, but since galaxies come in all shapes and sizes — including elliptical, spiral, and irregular — no single theory has so far been able to satisfactorily explain the origins of all the galaxies we see throughout the Universe. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt #nasagoddard #Hubble #space #galaxy #star #Universe" (via #InstaRepost @AppsKottage)

3 days ago

Image from space captures clear skies for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding day. . NASA’s Terra satellite captured clear skies over London, England, today, Saturday, May 19, the day of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding day. . This natural-color satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that flies aboard the Terra satellite. The image shows mostly clear skies over London and allowed MODIS a nearly unobstructed view of the site of the royal wedding. . According to Met Office, the UK's national weather service, an area of high pressure over the North Sea will bring largely dry and mild conditions to the United Kingdom on Saturday, May 19, 2018. . Credit: NASA/Goddard/MODIS/Terra #nasagoddard #RoyalWedding #London #UK #MeghanMarkle #PrinceHarry

3 days ago

#Repost @hbcusteam #NASA #OPSPARC finalists from @in3dc received a "Gold Ticket" from #Microsoft to attend a corporate hackathon in Redmond, WA this July! Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella extended the invitation. For their #coding and upcoming #mobile #devops projects, the girls from Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C. also received new Amazon Fire HD-10 tablet PCs from Best Buy through their Host #BDPA Chapter's Tablets-for-Teens initiative during BDPA-DC's annual #EarthDay #TechSummit at #In3DC in April. Read more at bdpatoday.com ____________________ #NASAGoddard #NASA #OPSPARC #STEM #In3DC #incubator #Banneker #Microsoft #SatyaNadella #BestBuy #AWS #Amazon #BDPA #BDPADC #TabletsForTeens #bdpatoday

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#Repost @bdpatoday with @get_repost ・・・ #NASA #OPSPARC finalists from @in3dc received a "Gold Ticket" from #Microsoft to attend a corporate hackathon in Redmond, WA this July! Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella extended the invitation. For their #coding and upcoming #mobile #devops projects, the girls from Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C. also received new Amazon Fire HD-10 tablet PCs from Best Buy through their Host #BDPA Chapter's Tablets-for-Teens initiative during BDPA-DC's annual #EarthDay #TechSummit at #In3DC in April. Read more at bdpatoday.com ____________________ #NASAGoddard #NASA #OPSPARC #STEM #In3DC #incubator #Banneker #Microsoft #SatyaNadella #BestBuy #AWS #Amazon #BDPA #BDPADC #TabletsForTeens #bdpatoday

3 days ago

@iss in 3D wonderfully filmed mostly by our Exp 53 @astro_paolo for @natgeo ! Use the button on the top left to pan in all directions to see our view from inside. You’ll even catch me working out on our amazing Advance Resistive Exercise Device (ARED). Check out my story highlight (ISS in 3D) to watch the full video on YouTube! #OneStrangeRock! Via: - @astrokomrade #astrokomrade #Nasa

3 days ago

Ten years ago this week ’s Cassini mission glimpsed the nearest star system, the trinary star Alpha Centauri, above the horizon of . Both Alpha Centauri A and B -- stars very similar to our own -- are clearly distinguishable in this image. (The third star in the Alpha Centauri system, the red dwarf Proxima Centauri, is not visible here.) The dark bands at the bottom of the image are shadows cast by Saturn’s rings. More about Cassini and Saturn: saturn.jpl.nasa.gov #NASA’s #Saturn. Via: - @nasasolarsystem #nasasolarsystem #Nasa

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#NASA #OPSPARC finalists from @in3dc received a "Gold Ticket" from #Microsoft to attend a corporate hackathon in Redmond, WA this July! Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella extended the invitation. For their #coding and upcoming #mobile #devops projects, the girls from Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C. also received new Amazon Fire HD-10 tablet PCs from Best Buy through their Host #BDPA Chapter's Tablets-for-Teens initiative during BDPA-DC's annual #EarthDay #TechSummit at #In3DC in April. Read more at bdpatoday.com ____________________ #NASAGoddard #NASA #OPSPARC #STEM #In3DC #incubator #Banneker #Microsoft #SatyaNadella #BestBuy #AWS #Amazon #BDPA #BDPADC #TabletsForTeens #bdpatoday

4 days ago

Don't worry, that's not a monster in the depths of space. That odd, twisted and smeared light is just a product of a giant galaxy cluster with monstrous gravitational influence located some three billion light-years away. . Though the bright, light-speckled foreground galaxy in the lower left is eye-catching, it is far from the most intriguing object in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image. In the upper part of the frame, the light from distant galaxies has been smeared and twisted into odd shapes, arcs and streaks. This phenomenon indicates the presence of a giant galaxy cluster, which is bending the light coming from the galaxies behind it with its monstrous gravitational influence. . This cluster, called SDSS J0150+2725, lies some three billion light-years away and was first documented by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), hence its name. The SDSS uses a 2.5-meter optical telescope located at the Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico to observe millions of objects and create detailed 3-D maps of the universe. This particular cluster was part of the Sloan Giant Arcs Survey (SGAS), which detected galaxy clusters with strong lensing properties; their gravity stretches and warps the light of more distant galaxies sitting behind them, creating weird and spectacular arcs such as those seen here. . Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgment: Judy Schmidt #nasagoddard #space #science #hubble #galaxy #monster #photooftheday

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Tangled up in blue ☀️💙 . The lone active region visible on the Sun on April 24-26 put on a fine display, with tangled magnetic field lines swaying and twisting above it. . Active regions are areas of intense and complex magnetic fields on the Sun that are often associated with solar eruptions, though this region has not erupted with any significant solar storms while on the Earth-facing side of the Sun. . Seen in extreme ultraviolet light by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, the magnetic field lines above the active region are traced out by the charged particles spinning along them. Extreme ultraviolet light is typically invisible to our eyes but is colorized here in teal. . Credit: NASA/Goddard/SDO nasa.gov/sdo #nasagoddard #space #science #sun #beautiful #blue #imageoftheday

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Resembling a wizard’s staff set aglow, NGC 1032 cleaves the quiet darkness of space in two in this image from Hubble. NGC 1032 is located about a hundred million light-years away in the constellation Cetus (the Sea Monster). Although beautiful, this image perhaps does not do justice to the galaxy’s true aesthetic appeal: NGC 1032 is actually a spectacular spiral galaxy, but from Earth, the galaxy’s vast disk of gas, dust and stars is seen nearly edge-on. A handful of other galaxies can be seen lurking in the background, scattered around the narrow strip of NGC 1032. Many are oriented face-on or at tilted angles, showing off their glamorous spiral arms and bright cores. Such orientations provide a wealth of detail about the arms and their nuclei, but fully understanding a galaxy’s three-dimensional structure also requires an edge-on view. This gives astronomers an overall idea of how stars are distributed throughout the galaxy and allows them to measure the “height” of the disk and the bright star-studded core. #nasa #hubble #space #astronomy #cosmology #astrobiology #universe #nasagoddard #esa #spacescience #einstein #stephanhawking #phd #physics #science #research

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As part of camera commissioning, the #TESS #science team snapped a two-second test exposure using one of the four @nasa's Transiting #Exoplanet Survey #Satellite - TESS cameras. A science-quality image, also referred to as a “first light” image, is expected to be released in June. Enjoy this preview! Now THAT's a #SciFiFri! https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2018/nasa-s-new-planet-hunter-snaps-initial-test-image-swings-by-moon-toward-final-orbit #nasa #nasagoddard #stargazing #astrology #starhunter #scifi #sciencefiction #scififriday #vfx #specialeffects #spaceman #sciencegeek #sciencerocks #scienceisawesome #sciencenerd #spaceflight #spaceship #fxphotostudio #aftereffects #startv #stardust #galaxys #astroworld #astros #astrophotography

4 days ago

An artist’s illustration of TESS as it passed the Moon during its lunar flyby. This provided a gravitational boost that placed TESS on course for its final working orbit. TESS was 8,253.54 km from the surface of the moon at its closest approach. (Credit: NASA’s Goddard @nasagoddard Space Flight Center) @mitscience 🌕🌠🌌🌠🌕 #tess #mit #nasa #nasagoddard #satellite #moon #space #spacecraft #prepareforscience #astronomy #astronomers #physics #astrophysics #wearetheengineers

4 days ago

#OldHeadshotDay This NASA image was taken on April 1, 1960, by the TIROS 1 satellite and was the first television picture of Earth from space. The Television InfraRed Observational Satellite (TIROS) 1 was the first weather satellite. Launched into a polar orbit 40 years ago (April 1, 1960) equipped with two TV cameras, TIROS 1 was operational for only 78 days but demonstrated the feasibility of monitoring planet Earth's cloud cover and weather patterns from space. TIROS satellites eventually began continuous coverage in 1962 and enabled accurate worldwide weather forecasts and alerts. This image is the first TIROS TV image, taken from an altitude of about 700 kilometers. Crude by contemporary standards, it represents the beginning of what is still one of the most important continuing applications of space technology. Credit: NASA #nasagoddard #space #earth #science #oldheadshotday

4 days ago

In a first-of-its-kind study, scientists have combined an array of NASA satellite observations of Earth with data on human activities to map locations where freshwater is changing around the globe and why. • Visit the link in our bio for the full story. • Video: Time series showing global freshwater trends as measured by the NASA/German Aerospace Center (DLR) Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment mission from 2002 to 2016. Freshwater increases above average are shown in blue, while decreases below average are in red. Credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio #nasa #globalwarming #climatechange #water #science #grace Via: - @nasaclimatechange #nasaclimatechange #Nasa