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  • 40 minutes ago

"The living history of the Earth jumps out at you through buckles, folds, giant fans," wrote astronaut Nick Hague (@astrohague) about his photo of the "Eye of the Sahara" from the International Space Station (@ISS). Scroll through for more images of this striking geologic feature, the Richat Structure of Mauritania, captured by astronauts on the station and @NASAEarth satellites. ⁣ ⁣ Located in the Sahara Desert, it measures 28 miles (45 kilometers) across and is made up of igneous and sedimentary rocks. It's thought to be caused by an uplifted dome that has been eroded to expose the originally flat rock layers.⁣ ⁣ #mauritania #sahara #desert #richatstructure #geology #earthart #spaceart ⁣ ⁣ 1) Photograph taken from the International Space Station, Sept. 2019. The image has been enhanced to improve contrast. Image Credit: NASA⁣ 2) ASTER Mission image from Oct. 7, 2000. Image Credit: NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Space Systems and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team⁣ 3) Landsat satellite image draped over an elevation model produced by the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM); February 2000 (SRTM), January 13, 1987 (Landsat). Image Credit: SRTM Team NASA/JPL/NIMA⁣ 4) Landsat-7 satellite image from Jan. 11, 2001. Image Credit: NASA/U.S. Geological Survey/Landsat-7/Goddard Space Flight Center⁣ 5) Photograph taken from the International Space Station, Dec. 17, 2011. Image Credit: NASA

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  • 22 hours ago

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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  • 2 days ago

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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  • 3 days ago

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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  • 5 days ago

No, this isn’t a firework. 🎆 You are looking at a flame and the glowing soot clusters it produced aboard the International Space Station (@ISS). These yellow soot clusters grow larger than those on Earth, because they stay inside the flame longer in microgravity. This flame was one of many ignited inside a combustion research facility to investigate the amount of soot that is produced in different conditions. Soot is the carbon residue left behind when organic matter (or other carbon-containing material) doesn’t fully burn. It causes environmental and health issues, but can be helpful in multiple ways, including by enhancing radiant heat. This experiment could allow the design of flames that are more sooty or soot-free. These results may help create burner designs which are more efficient and less polluting. Credit: NASA #flame #space #microgravity #heat

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  • 6 days ago

At the North Pole of Mars, springtime is avalanche season! ⁣ ⁣ The @UAHiRISE camera on our Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft captured this cloud of dust on May 29, 2019, as melting ice blocks broke loose and tumbled down a cliff face over 1600 feet (500 meters) tall. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona⁣ ⁣ #mars #avalanche #dust #solarsystem #nasa

  • 9 days ago

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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  • 10 days ago

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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  • 11 days ago

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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  • 12 days ago

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

  • 14 days ago

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: ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/ESA ⁣ ⁣ #hurricane #NASA #Weather #Space

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  • 15 days ago

🌀Here’s a view of #HurricaneDorian from space. ⁣ From 260 miles in altitude, cameras outside the International Space Station (@ISS) captured this view at 11:27 a.m. EDT on Sept. 2 as the storm churned over northwestern Bahamas.⁣ ⁣ Although gradual weakening is forecast, Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next couple of days while moving on a possible track up the southeastern U.S. seaboard. ⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #NASA #hurricane #Bahamas #weather #space #Dorian #Earth