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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

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@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

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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

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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 😍 Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, I. Karachentsev et al., F. High et al. #HubbleFriday #Space #NASA #Galaxy #Kaleidoscope

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There’s nothing quite like the first time. 🌟 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 #NASA #Space #Astronomy #Cosmic #Universe

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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

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Teamwork makes the dream work!✨In this breathtaking view, astronauts Nick Hague ( @AstroHague) and David Saint-Jacques ( @AstroDavidS) watch @SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft arrive to the International Space Station ( @ISS) early this morning- the culmination of teamwork that included researchers, scientists, launch experts, meteorologists and many more. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/Christina Koch ( @Astro_Christina) ⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Earth #SpaceX #Science #Teamwork #EarthViews #mondaymotivation

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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. Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, L. Ho et al. #Hubble #Galaxy #NASA #Space #Stars #Spiral

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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. Credits: #1: SpaceX; #2: NASA/Kim Shiflett; #3: NASA/Cory Huston #rocket #launch #space #nasa #spacex #falcon9

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What can you see in the May sky? A meteor shower produced by debris from Halley's Comet, asteroids named after dinosaurs, and a "blue moon" on May 18th.

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The serenity of Earth’s horizon moments before 3… 2 … 1… ⁣⁣ 〰️〰️〰️🛩 dive. ⁣ ⁣ Get immersed in the quiet of Earth felt 50,000 feet above ground, right before a supersonic, inverted dive into our atmosphere.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ These quiet supersonic dive maneuvers, performed by our test pilots last year in support of the Quiet Supersonic Flights 2018 research series, were flown in a unique fashion as to create a quieter “thump” sound rather than an echoing sonic boom. The series tested ways to measure the community's response to a unique acoustic experience and contributed to our efforts to understand what is required for acceptable supersonic overland flight in the future. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Image Credit: NASA/Carla Thomas⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #Aeronautics #NASA #Airplane #Supersonic #Texas #Plane

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If you’re lucky, you can find a job where you can work outdoors. Here’s a look at our Mars InSight lander’s “office.” 🔴 Quiet and serene: the perfect place for our quake detecting lander. ⁣InSight is the first mission to explore the Red Planet's deep interior.⁣ ⁣ Made up of 30 individual images, this panorama from December 9, 2018 surveys the rim of the degraded crater InSight landed in on Mars. It is nicknamed “Homestead Hollow”. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech⁣ ⁣ #InSight #NASA #Mars #QuietSpace #RedPlanet #Space

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