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Irregular is beautiful, too 💛 This image shows an irregular galaxy named IC 10. As an irregular galaxy, IC 10 lacks the majestic shape of spiral galaxies such as the Milky Way, or the rounded, ethereal appearance of elliptical galaxies. But it’s just as beautiful as any other galaxy. Image credit: NASA, ESA and F. Bauer #NASA #Space #Galaxy

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Pose for the camera, now flick, flick, flick 🤳 For #NationalSelfieDay, here's a collection of iconic selfies taken by @nasaastronauts on orbit, NASA scientists and researchers on Earth, and a "curious" rover on Mars. You can capture your own photo in front of gorgeous cosmic landscapes by downloading the NASA Selfies app. Click the link in the bio to learn more. Credit: NASA (image #4: Canadian Space Agency) #NASA #Selfies #space


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A “holy grail for many hydrologists.”⁣ ⁣ Snowflakes that cover mountains or linger under tree canopies are a vital freshwater resource for over a billion people around the world. When snow melts, the ensuing puddle of water is its snow’s water content, or snow water equivalent (SWE). ⁣ ⁣ Snow caps the line of the Himalayas in this 70mm frame photographed by a space shuttle astronaut using a handheld 70mm camera. Click the link in the bio for more info. ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Earth #Snow⁣

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We got lucky. 😬⁣ ⁣ Had the Sun rotated any faster as a baby, its violent outbursts would have eliminated the possibility of life on Earth. Its growing pains seeded life on our young planet while preventing life on other emerging worlds – such as Mars and Venus. ⁣ ⁣ But, what explains this fate? The Moon’s crust is telling us. 👀 Check out the link in our bio for the full story. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Sun #Stars #GrowingPains #LuckyBreak #Moon⁣

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What ingredients do you put in your galaxy clusters? 🤔⁣ ⁣ Galaxy clusters, like the one in this image, have three main ingredients: individual galaxies, multimillion-degree gas that fills the space between the galaxies, and dark matter. ⁣ ⁣ A team of astronomers used a set of @nasachandraxray observations of this Coma galaxy cluster to probe gas properties and learn about the viscosity of the hot gas in Coma.⁣ ⁣ Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️ Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ. of Chicago, I. Zhuravleva et al, Optical: SDSS⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Space #galaxy

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Feeling a little salty about the weekend being too short? 😤 ⁣ ⁣ If so, you're not alone when it comes to #SaltyVibes. The yellow color visible on the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa is actually sodium chloride — table salt. ⁣ Flybys from our Voyager and Galileo spacecraft have led scientists to conclude that:⁣ 1️⃣ Europa is covered by a layer of salty liquid water encased in an icy shell⁣ 2️⃣ Europa’s ocean may resemble Earth's oceans more than previously thought.⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA/@NASAJPL/@UArizona ⁣ ⁣ #WeekendMood #OutOfThisWorld #Jupiter #NASA

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Only the good die young. ⁣ ⁣ When massive stars die at the end of their short lives, they light up the cosmos with bright, explosive bursts of light and material known as supernovae. ⁣ ⁣ This spiral galaxy — captured by @NASAHubble Space Telescope — has hosted multiple supernovae in past years. ⁣ ⁣ Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, D. Crenshaw and O. Fox⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Space #Galaxy #Hubble


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Happy #FlagDay! ⁣ ⁣ One of the most iconic images from the #Apollo11 mission is of Buzz Aldrin saluting the American flag on the surface of the Moon. But did you know that over the next three years, five more flags joined the one left by Apollo 11 — and that many other flags have flown onboard our spacecraft? ⁣ ⁣ Scroll through and read the comments to learn about stars and stripes in space!⁣ ⁣ Image Credit 1-8: NASA⁣⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Space #Moon⁣

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It's a new dawn⁣⁣⁣ It's a new day⁣⁣⁣ It's a new life – and we’re feeling good. ⁣⁣⁣🎶 ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ Kick back today and enjoy the dawn of a new day as we creep toward the weekend. Pictured here, you’ll find the sun glinting off our beautiful Earth. This was captured by Astronaut Nick Hague (@AstroHague) aboard the International Space Station (@iss).⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Image Credit: NASA ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ #NASA #Space #Earth #NewDay #PacificOcean #kickback

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#GlowUp⁣ ⁣ Astronaut Christina Koch (@astro_christina) has experienced what few people have: an aurora from above AND below. The first image she took onboard the International Space Station (@iss). The second image was taken on the Earth — in Donnelly Creek, Alaska by Sebastian Saarloos in 2015. Both photos show what happens when solar wind from the Sun disturb the Earth’s magnetosphere. ⁣ ⁣ Image 1 Credit: Christina Koch / NASA⁣ Image 2 Credit: Sebastian Saarloos⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Space #Aurora⁣

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At first glance, these swirling clouds might look like cream in coffee. ☕ ⁣ ⁣ In fact, during a flyby of Jupiter, our @NASAJuno spacecraft captured this view of an area within a Jovian jet stream showing a vortex that has an intensely dark center. ⁣ ⁣ At the time, Juno was about 9,200 miles from the planet's cloud tops. Nearby, other features display bright, high altitude clouds that have puffed up into the sunlight.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Jupiter #SolarSystem #Storms #CoffeeInTheMorning

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And then it dawned on us: that bright dot in the bottom left is our sister planet. From aboard the @iss, @astro_christina captured this sunrise shot of Venus hovering over the serene, blue glow of Earth's atmosphere. Astronauts aboard the space station experience 16 sunrises and 16 sunsets every day, giving them the chance to get spectacular images like this one.⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA/@astro_christina⁣#iss #spacestation #space #venus #sunrise #nasa