Earth is not the only planet that has extreme weather. Mercury, our smallest planetary neighbor, has very little to call an atmosphere — but it does have morning micro-meteor showers. In order to study these micrometeoroids, scientists combined models with findings from the MESSENGER spacecraft — short for Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging, a mission that observed Mercury from 2011 to 2015. In this image, data from the Mercury Atmosphere and Surface Composition Spectrometer instrument is overlain on the mosaic from the Mercury Dual Imaging System. Credits: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington #Space#NASA#Mercury#Weather
Witness the chaotic clouds of Jupiter dancing to a turbulent tune. ☁️☁️☁️ Our @NASAJuno spacecraft took this color-enhanced image as the spacecraft performed its 13th close flyby of Jupiter in May 2018.The darker cloud material is deeper in Jupiter’s atmosphere, while bright cloud material is high. The composition of these bright clouds are most likely ammonia or ammonia and water, mixed with a sprinkling of unknown chemical ingredients. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt /Seán Doran #NASA#Jupiter#SolarSystem#Storms
Marvel at the beauty of our home planet! 😍 This view of the Earth from 36,000 nautical miles away was photographed from our Apollo 10 spacecraft on May 18, 1969 during our trans-lunar journey toward the Moon. The mission objectives were to rehearse all the steps and reproduce all the events of the Apollo 11, the first lunar landing mission, with the exception of the lunar touchdown, stay and liftoff.
Oh, don’t worry about the Moon, it’s just going through a phase. 🌕🌖🌗🌘🌚 Every 29 days our Moon turns over a new leaf, and tonight you’re going to see a very special one of its faces. Appearing opposite the Sun at 5:11 p.m. EDT, you’ll find a Blue Moon! Though the Moon won’t actually look blue, the site of one is kind of rare. They occur on average about every two-and-a-half years when a season ends up having four full moons instead of three. Look up and don’t miss a Moon even Sinatra couldn't help but sing about. #NASA#BlueMoon#FrankSinatra#FullMoon#RareSight #Moon
@NASAHubble spies with its little eye… an irregular galaxy when passing by! 🔎🌀 Earthlings, what you’re looking at is the evidence of two galaxies sideswiping each other millions of years ago, resulting in a galactic hit-and-run. 🚗💨 The gravitational tug-of-war between them created rippling patches of higher-density gas and dust within both galaxies. This activity triggered a flurry of star formation. The right side of this galaxy is ablaze with star formation, shown in the plethora of young blue stars and star-incubating pinkish nebulas. 💗💙 This galaxy is a nearby example of the kind of cosmic bumper-car activity that was more common billions of years ago when the universe was smaller and galaxies were closer together. Image Credit: NASA #NASA#Pastels#Galaxy#Stars#HubbleSpaceTelescope#Universe#Nursery
Our Moon, the only place beyond Earth that humans have ever set foot, cloaked in the calmness of space and captured by the crew aboard the International Space Station (@iss). 💙 On May 8, 2019, this waxing crescent moon was photographed just above Earth’s limb and the bluish hue of the atmosphere at the beginning of an orbital sunrise. You can see a portion of one of the International Space Station’s solar arrays in the left foreground of the image as the orbital lab flew 258 miles above the Sea of Japan. Image Credit: NASA #NASA#Moon#Space#Earth#Beauty
Like a kaleidoscope of light, this ancient galaxy cluster shimmers into view. Among the identified background objects, there is a galaxy thought to have emerged just 500 million years after the big bang — putting it among the very earliest structures to form in the universe. Thanks, @NASAHubble 😍
No one knows for sure when the first stars in our universe burst to life — but Spitzer Space Telescope has offered insight about the Epoch of Reionization, a major cosmic event that transformed the universe from being mostly opaque to the brilliant starscape we see today. This deep-field view of the sky taken by @NASAHubble and Spitzer space telescopes is dominated by galaxies — including some very faint, very distant ones.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/Spitzer/P. Oesch/S. De Barros/I.Labbe
It’s lit. 😎 The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) provides views of the Sun in detail never before possible. Launched on February 11, 2010, SDO provides ultra high-definition imagery of the Sun in 13 different wavelengths. Each wavelength highlights a specific aspect of the Sun’s atmosphere, from the surface all the way to upper reaches of the corona. Scroll through these SDO images captured today to see which solar regions were lit! Find the regional description of your favorite shots below 👇 Image Credit: NASA #NASA#Sun#Science#Lit#Star#Details#Solar
Few of the universe’s residents are as iconic as the spiral galaxy. 🌀 These limelight-hogging celestial objects combine whirling, pinwheeling arms with scatterings of sparkling stars, glowing bursts of gas, and dark, weaving lanes of cosmic dust, creating truly awesome scenes — especially when viewed through the @NASAHubble telescope. Here's a look at a beautiful spiral galaxy, located 30 million light-years away in the constellation of Leo. This galaxy was studied as part of a Hubble survey that aimed to help astronomers better understand the relationship between the black holes that lurk at the cores of galaxies like these, and the rugby-ball-shaped bulge of stars, gas and dust at the galaxy’s center — such as that seen in this image.
More than 5,500 pounds of cargo is on its way to the International Space Station (@ISS) aboard a @SpaceX#Dragon spacecraft. The company’s 17th commercial cargo mission to resupply the space station began at 2:48 a.m. EDT on May 4, 2019, with liftoff aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. After a successful climb into space, the Dragon spacecraft now is in orbit and will deliver science, supplies and hardware to the orbiting laboratory on Monday morning.