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⁣☄️ Interstellar visitor spotted! ☄️⁣ ⁣   @nasahubble   has given astronomers their best look yet at an interstellar visitor — comet 2I/Borisov — whose speed and trajectory indicate it has come from beyond our solar system. In this Oct. 12, 2019 Hubble image, the comet is 260 million miles from Earth. The comet is following a hyperbolic path around the Sun and will exit back into interstellar space.⁣ ⁣ Comet 2I/Borisov is only the second such interstellar object known to have passed through the solar system. In 2017, the first identified interstellar visitor, an object officially named 'Oumuamua, swung within 24 million miles of the Sun before racing out of the solar system.⁣ ⁣ As the second known interstellar object found to enter our solar system, the comet provides invaluable clues to the chemical composition, structure and dust characteristics of planetary building blocks presumably forged in an alien star system a long time ago and far away.⁣ ⁣   #comet     #interstellar     #solarsystem     #hubble     #space     #cometborisov   ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: Credit: NASA, ESA and D. Jewitt (UCLA)



  @nasahubble   is well known for its incredible images. But what about those among us who are visually impaired? To help spread awareness as a part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, this video is meant to share the importance of different ways to experience Hubble's astounding images.⁣ ⁣ The book, "Touch the Universe" by Noreen Grice features some of Hubble's most well-known photographs; but all of these photos were specially made to include everyone.⁣ ⁣ Credit:   @nasagoddard  ⁣ Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center⁣ Rebecca Roth & Courtney Lee : Lead Producer⁣ Paul R. Morris (USRA): Producer / Editor⁣ Rob Andreoli, John Caldwell & Bradley Hague: Videographer⁣ ⁣ Music Credits: "Hercules' by Christian Ort [GEMA], Matthew Tasa [GEMA], Meyer Anthony [GEMA], Siulapwa Cisha [BMI]; Universal Production Music



Space travel is hard and unforgiving, but we have never been more ready to meet the unknown. Team members from our   #Artemis   program share the risks and rewards of this next era of exploration. Artemis will push the boundaries of human exploration and send the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024, preparing for missions to Mars and beyond.



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  



A spiral in profile! 🌀⁣ ⁣   @nasahubble   sees galaxies of all shapes, sizes, luminosities and orientations in the cosmos. Sometimes, the telescope gazes at a galaxy oriented sideways — as shown here. This galaxy, called NGC 3717, is about 60 million light-years away in the constellation of Hydra (the Sea Serpent). ⁣ ⁣ Seeing a spiral almost in profile, as Hubble has here, can provide a vivid sense of its three-dimensional shape. Through most of their expanse, spiral galaxies are shaped like a thin pancake. At their cores, though, they have bright, spherical, star-filled bulges that extend above and below this disk, giving these galaxies a shape somewhat like that of a flying saucer when they are seen edge-on.⁣ ⁣ NGC 3717 is not captured perfectly edge-on in this image; the nearer part of the galaxy is tilted ever so slightly down, and the far side tilted up. This angle affords a view across the disk and the central bulge (of which only one side is visible).⁣ ⁣   #galaxy     #cosmos     #universe     #hubble     #outerspace  ⁣ ⁣ Text credit: ESA (European Space Agency)⁣ Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, D. Rosario



Colors on the wind 🌬️⁣ ⁣ In this view of Jupiter,   @nasajuno   captures swirling clouds in the region of the giant planet’s northern hemisphere known as “Jet N4.” ⁣ ⁣ Jupiter spins once every 10 hours, and this fast rotation creates strong jet streams, separating its clouds into dark belts and bright zones that stretch across the face of the planet. More than a dozen prevailing winds sweep over Jupiter, some reaching more than 300 miles per hour (480 km per hour) at the equator.⁣ ⁣ Citizen scientist Björn Jónsson created this enhanced-color image using data from the spacecraft's JunoCam imager. The raw image was taken on Sept. 11, 2019, at 11:31 p.m. EDT as Juno performed its 22nd close flyby of Jupiter. At the time the image was taken, the spacecraft was about 7,540 miles (12,140 km) from the cloud tops at a latitude of 45 degrees. ⁣ ⁣   #jupiter     #clouds     #juno     #solarsystem     #swirls  ⁣ ⁣ Image data: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS⁣ Image processing by Björn Jónsson, © CC NC SA 3.0



  #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  



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  



“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  ⁣



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  ⁣



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  



"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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