This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine 🌟
Our @nasahubble Space Telescope captured this fuzzy orb of light — a giant elliptical galaxy filled with an incredible 200 billion stars. At a distance of 56 million light-years and measuring 157,000 light-years across, this was the first member of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies to be discovered, and it is more luminous than any other galaxy at its distance or nearer.
Credit: @europeanspaceagency/Hubble & NASA, J. Blakenslee, P. Cote et al.
A new view of Jupiter from the camera on our Juno spacecraft reveals the planet's turbulent southern hemisphere. 📸 Can you see the Great Red Spot?
Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill
Need a boost? How about a supernova explosion to get you going? 💥
Pulsars are superdense, rapidly spinning neutron stars left behind when a massive star explodes. This one is hurtling through space at nearly 2.5 million miles an hour — so fast it could travel the distance between Earth and the Moon in just 6 minutes.
Credits: Composite by Jayanne English, University of Manitoba, using data from NRAO/F. Schinzel et al., DRAO/Canadian Galactic Plane Survey and NASA/IRAS
The Moon 🌝: "I'm coming out
I want the world to know
Got to let it show! ✨"
Stepping out on the world stage tonight is the final & brightest #supermoon for 2019. Just in time for the first day of spring, venture outside and look up to the night's sky for one of our favorite celestial neighbors.
In this photo, a plane is seen flying in front of the second full moon for the month of July on Friday, July 31, 2015 in Arlington, Va.
Photo Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky
Today, we're spilling all the ☕️ about a massive storm raging in a galaxy hosting this structure nicknamed the "Teacup”. The source of the cosmic squall? A supermassive black hole buried at the center of the galaxy. Located about 1.1 billion light years from Earth, this object’s "handle" is a ring of optical and X-ray light, while the "cup" is a black hole known as a quasar.
Image Credit: @nasachandraxray#spillingthetea#nasa#blackhole#galactic
Is there a pot of gold at the end of a green aurora? We're not sure, but these dancing green lights provide a spectacular view that's perfect for the #stpatricksday holiday. 🍀
This stunning aurora was captured by one of our @nasaastronauts, Jeff Williams, during his 2016 mission on the International Space Station (@iss). #flashinglights#nasa#seeinggreen
🌟Shine bright like a cluster 🌟
@nasahubble has done it again. This image reveals a globular cluster of stars in the constellation of Sagittarius, 18,000 light-years away from Earth. Don’t forget to shine bright today.
Cross your eyes and break out the 3D glasses! 😎
Our New Horizons team has new stereo views of the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule – the target of our New Horizons spacecraft’s historic New Year’s 2019 flyby, four billion miles from Earth – and the images are as cool and captivating as they are scientifically valuable.
The 3D effects come from pairing or combining images taken at slightly different viewing angles, creating a “binocular” effect, just as the slight separation of our eyes allows us to see three-dimensionally.
Using images like this, we can better understand the extraordinary shape of the farthest object ever explored
Credits: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/National Optical Astronomy Observatory
Nothing quite like the chaotic beauty of colliding galaxies.
The @nasahubble telescope captured these galaxies crashing into each other inside of the Hercules constellation, about 230 million light-years away. They were first discovered in 1784 by William Herschel and were originally classified as a single irregular galaxy because of their odd shape.
A long time ago, gravity drew the two galaxies together into the chaotic state we now observe. Stars from within both of the original galaxies now follow new paths because of the changes in gravity. Eventually the galaxies will fully merge to form a single, stable galaxy.
Our own galaxy, the Milky Way, will undergo a similar collision in the future with our nearest galactic neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy. However, this is not expected to happen for around 4 billion years.
Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Adamo et al.
"Yes buddy, that’s your Mother Earth. Isn’t she beautiful?" Astronaut Anne McClain shared these images of an Earth plush toy that arrived on International Space Station (@iss) aboard the @spacex#crewdragon that launched on Saturday, March 2 and docked to the orbiting lab on Sunday, March 3. Loaded onto the spacecraft prior to launch, Elon Musk, founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX called the plush toy a "super high tech zero-g indicator." During the mission, astronaut Anne McClain shared what normal life was like on the orbiting outpost with the Earth plush toy. Living and working in space, they worked out, conducted science experiments, tested emergency procedures and more.
The #crewdragon spacecraft went on to undock from the station on Friday, March 8, followed by a deorbit burn to reenter Earth's atmosphere and splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean. This completed the Demo-1 flight test, in which SpaceX demonstrated systems which will be used to carry astronauts aboard the #crewdragon to the station.
Image credit: NASA