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Sometimes... there’s more than meets the eye. πŸ‘€ Swipe to reveal two very different takes on an iconic image. ⁣

In the first image, researchers revisited one of @NASAHubble's most popular sights: the Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation. Here, the pillars are seen in infrared light, which pierces through obscuring dust and gas and unveil a more unfamiliar — but just as amazing — view of the pillars. ⁣

The entire frame is peppered with bright stars and baby stars are revealed being formed within the pillars themselves. Swipe left to view the same image in visible light.⁣

Image Credit: NASA, ESA/Hubble and the Hubble Heritage Team⁣

#NASA #PillarsOfCreation #Suprises #Swipe #Universe⁣
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This spiral galaxy captured by @NASAHubble may look serene and peaceful as it swirls in the vast, silent emptiness of space, but don’t be fooled — it keeps a violent secret. It is believed that this galaxy consumed another smaller galaxy to become the large and beautiful spiral that we observe today.

#galaxy #nasa #hubble #secret
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Up for some virtual cloud watching? ☁️ ⁣

What do you see in Jupiter's hazy atmosphere? ⁣

Our @NASAJuno mission captured this look at the planet’s thunderous northern region during the spacecraft’s close approach to the planet on Feb. 17, 2020. ⁣

Some notable features in this view are the long, thin bands that run through the center of the image from top to bottom. Juno has observed these long streaks since its first close pass by Jupiter in 2016. ⁣

Image Credits: Image data: NASA / JPL / SwRI / MSSS⁣
Image Processing: Citizen Scientist Eichstädt⁣

#CloudWatching #NASA #Jupiter #SolarSytem #Hazy
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Retro. Modern. Iconic. That’s the worm. #TheWormIsBack⁣

Our beloved symbol of exploration will fly once again, just in time to mark the return of human spaceflight on American rockets from American soil. Swipe to see its new debut on @SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket that will take flight later this year when we #LaunchAmerica once again. ⁣

The NASA insignia, or "meatball," seen in our profile image, was quite difficult to reproduce with 1970s technology. In 1975, enter the sleek, simple design you see above! The world knew it as “the worm.” For a period of time we were able to thrive with both the worm and the meatball. However, in 1992, the 1970s brand was retired - except on clothing and other souvenir items - in favor of the original late 1950s graphic.⁣

Image Credit: NASA/SpaceX ⁣

#SpaceXFalcon9 #NASA #TBT #Retro #Rocket #CheckItOut #space
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There is a lot happening in the night sky this month, such as: ⁣

🌟 Venus appearing inside the Pleiades star cluster⁣
πŸ”­ The planetary quartet of Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and the Moon ⁣
πŸŒ• A Supermoon on April 7⁣

Keep track of all this and more on the latest episode of What’s Up. ⁣

Check out other ways to enjoy #NASAatHome by clicking the link in bio! We've curated videos, activities and fun for all ages in one out-of-this world place. ⁣

#NASA #SpacePlace #CheckItOut #NowYouKnow #SolarSystem #Planets
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If you could go back in time … what advice would you give to your younger self? Comment below. ⁣⁣⁣
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The newest #Artemis generation astronauts had some ideas. ⁣⁣⁣
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"Work on things that you think matter." "It's okay to dream big." "Keep that curiosity alive." "Find mentors early."⁣⁣⁣
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Are you ready to #BeAnAstronaut? Today is the LAST day to apply. Shoot your moonshot and click the link in our bio! ⁣⁣⁣
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#NASA #TodayIsTheDay #DreamBig #Space #Explore #IfNotYouThenWho
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Here's to all the medical professionals who make our lives better.⁣ πŸ₯Όβ€οΈ

We have a number of @NASAAstronauts who have been physicians, and all of them help study human health aboard the @ISS. Advances in telemedicine, disease models, psychological stress response systems, nutrition, cell behavior and environmental health are just a few examples of benefits that have been gained from the unique space station microgravity environment.⁣

From doctors to test pilots to geologists, our astronauts come from all walks of life. Now is your chance to apply to #BeAnAstronaut by clicking the link in our bio – the deadline is tomorrow, March 31. ⁣

Image Credit: NASA
#NationalDoctorsDay #Astronauts #ThankYou #HealthCareProfessionals #Space #nasa
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What cosmic wonder did @NASAHubble capture on your birthday? πŸ“ΈπŸ’«⁣

Hubble explores the universe 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That means it has observed some fascinating cosmic wonder every day of the year, including on your birthday! ⁣

Enjoy #NASAatHome by heading to the website below, entering your birthday and discovering what piece of the universe was captured on your special day! Celebrate Hubble’s 30th anniversary this year by sharing the result using #Hubble30.⁣

➑️ https://go.nasa.gov/HubbleOnYourBirthday⁣

Image Credit: NASA/ESA ⁣

#NASA #BirthdaySurprise #CosmicConnection #Universe #Space
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The nighttime lights of cities & infrastructure are fingerprints of civilization. πŸ’‘⁣ ⁣
With @NASAEarth satellite data, scientists detected signs of the shutdown of business and transportation in central China in late Jan. in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. ⁣ ⁣
At night, satellite images such as these capture a uniquely human signal– artificial lighting. Remotely-sensing this light provides a new data source for improving our understanding of interactions between human systems and the environment. ⁣ ⁣
This imagery is part of a larger project at NASA called Black Marble, which is playing a vital role in research on light pollution, illegal fishing, fires, disaster impacts and recovery, and human settlements and associated energy infrastructures.⁣

Image Credit: NOAA/NASA ⁣

#NASA #CityLights #SatelliteImagery #EarthPics #Science #BlackMarble
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Introducing Astronaut Story Time – from Earth! πŸ“–⁣

Tomorrow and each weekday at 4 p.m. EDT, record-breaking astronaut Christina Koch, who recently returned to our home planet after 328 days in space, will read a children’s book on HER Instagram Live!⁣

πŸ‘‰πŸ½Follow @Astro_Christina to enjoy #NASAatHome
⏰Tap our story to set a reminder to tune in ⁣

If you want to learn more about life as one of our @NASAastronauts or you want to apply to #BeAnAstronaut, click the link in bio. Applications close in 5 days. ⁣

Image Credit: NASA ⁣

#NASA #FeelGood #Space #Story #Reading #BookClub #TakeALookItsInABook
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If we could squeeze a galaxy, it would be this fluffy-looking one.

Spiral galaxies like this, located 60 million light-years away, have supermassive black holes at their bright centers. Astronomers are trying to understand this cozy relationship.

#fluffy #galaxy #nasa #hubble #exsqueezeme
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Our Curiosity Mars rover recently set a record for the steepest terrain it's ever climbed. ⛰️⁣

Its mission is to study whether the Martian environment could have supported microbial life billions of years ago. One tool for doing that is a camera called the Mars Hand Lens Imager which is located in the turret at the end of the robotic arm. This camera provides a close-up view of sand grains and rock textures, similarly to how a geologist uses a handheld magnifying glass for a closer look in the field on Earth. ⁣

The camera also takes all the individual frames that get stitched into the full images you see! This selfie is a 360-degree panorama comprised of 86 images relayed to Earth. ⁣

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS⁣

#NASA #Mars #Space #Science #Planets #Curiosity
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“Only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.‎ ⁣

Pause for a moment and take in the vastness and beauty of our home planet captured from the vantage point of space. On this spaceship we call Earth, we are all in this together. πŸ’™ ⁣

Image credit: NASA ⁣

#NASA #Home #Earth #Beautiful #space
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To all those looking to the stars, believe in yourself – we do. ❀️ ⁣

From auto mechanic to geologist - everyone's story is different. Our @NASAAstronauts come from all walks of life, with backgrounds as unique as the individuals themselves. ⁣

Get to know their stories and even apply to #BeAnAstronaut by clicking the link in bio. Applications close March 31. ⁣

Images Credit: NASA⁣

#Space #Science #NASA #Astronaut #BelieveInYourself
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Take a moment. Look outside your window.🌷🌼⁣

Today is the #FirstDayOfSpring in the Northern Hemisphere, also known as the vernal equinox. ⁣

#DYK Earth’s tilted axis causes the season? Throughout the year, different parts of Earth receive the Sun’s most direct rays. So, when the North Pole tilts toward the Sun, it’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere. And when the South Pole tilts toward the Sun, it’s winter in the Northern Hemisphere.⁣

Image Credit: NASA⁣

#Flowers #Space #NASA #Spring #Earth
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You are the center of somebody’s universe.⁣ 🌌

Like the Small Magellanic Cloud, seen here, you glow with a universe of color and you help others find their way, without even knowing it.⁣

Named after the explorer Ferdinand Magellan, this small galaxy orbits the Milky Way from 200,000 light-years away. It’s close enough that it’s visible to the unaided eye from the Southern Hemisphere. In this composite image taken by three of our space telescopes, X-rays from @nasachandraxray are shown in purple; visible light from @nasahubble is colored red, green and blue; and infrared observations from our Spitzer Space Telescope are represented in red. The Small Magellanic Cloud may be little, but it dazzles. You dazzle. Keep on dazzling. ⁣⁣Because you're the center of our universe.

#galaxy #nebula #nasa #yeahyou
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Jupiter: King of the planets πŸ‘‘

Jupiter, the largest planet orbiting the Sun, contains more than twice the amount of material of all other objects in the solar system combined — including all the planets, moons, asteroids and comets. In composition, the gas giant resembles a star, and scientists estimate that if it had been at least 80 times more massive at its formation, it could have become a type of star called a red dwarf rather than a planet. πŸ“Έ: @NASAJuno Spacecraft

Image credits: NASA JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS⁣
Image processing by Kevin M. Gill, © CC BY 3.0.

#jupiter #nasa #solarsystem #planet
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Photographer, scientist, gardener – you name it – astronauts wear many hats in space!⁣

Living on an orbiting laboratory away from Earth doesn’t mean you’re away from day-to-day responsibilities. Astronauts aboard the @iss can be responsible for several duties each day, including their science and maintenance tasks. Their unique perspective from 250 miles above Earth is not only beautiful but also beneficial to the advancement of our missions. But it isn’t always all work and no play aboard the International Space Station, astronauts also have an opportunity to indulge in the same hobbies and pastimes they enjoyed while on the ground. ⁣

Are you ready for an opportunity to make history? Apply today to #BeAnAstronaut → link in bio.
Image Credit: NASA ⁣

#Artemis #NASA #Astronaut #InternationalSpaceStation #Explore⁣
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Our Hubble Space Telescope is searching this spiral galaxy for the aftermath of a really big meal — a star swallowed up by a ravenous supermassive black hole at the center. Astronomers will confirm the star’s fate when they find evidence, in the form of stellar debris ejected during the event.⁣

Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA⁣

#galaxy #blackhole #hubble #universe #nomnom
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Are you @nasahubble? Because you seem...reflective. 😏⁣⁣⁣⁣

Okay. It's time to get deep. Real deep. We live in a time when we can witness the marvels of the universe and look into the past. We can look at the stars to learn about what we're made of. We are made of star stuff. ⁣⁣⁣⁣

The hydrogen, helium and nitrogen that formed in stars? That also makes up our bodies and it’s how we’re connected to the Big Bang—the birth of the universe. Our great space observatories like the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the recently decommissioned Spitzer Space Telescope have peered millions of light-years into the past to better understand our place in the universe. So, the next time you gaze up at the stars, remember this: you are star material.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ β­οΈβœ¨πŸ’«

1. Galaxy NGC 4258 located about 23 million light-years away. Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Caltech/P.Ogle et al; Optical: NASA/STScI; IR: NASA/JPL-Caltech; Radio: NSF/NRAO/VLA⁣⁣⁣
2. Carina Nebula’s “Mystic Mountain." Credit: NASA, ESA, M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)⁣⁣⁣⁣
3. Messier 2 star cluster located in the constellation Aquarius. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, G. Piotto et al.⁣⁣⁣⁣
4. Unbarred spiral galaxy NGC 5033, located about 40 million light-years away. Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA; Acknowledgment: Judy Schmidt⁣⁣⁣⁣
5. A brilliant nebula located in the constellation Centaurus, about 4,900 light-years from Earth. Credit: ESA/Hubble and NASA⁣⁣⁣⁣
6. Arp 299, located about 140 million light-years from Earth. Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ. of Crete/K. Anastasopoulou et al, NASA/NuSTAR/GSFC/A. Ptak et al; Optical: NASA/STScI⁣⁣⁣⁣
7. Image released in 2017 of the Horsehead Nebula in infrared light. Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team⁣⁣⁣⁣
8. Galaxy NGC 6861, part of a group of at least a dozen galaxies called the Telescopium Group. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA; acknowledgement: J. Barrington⁣⁣⁣⁣
9. The Hubble eXtreme Deep Field, or XDF, assembled by combining 10 years of Hubble photos. Credit: NASA; ESA; G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch, University of California, Santa Cruz; R. Bouwens, Leiden University; and the HUDF09 Team⁣⁣⁣⁣
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#YouGotThis #hubble #space #nasa #yes
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