Category: astronomy

Orbital ATK Antares Rocket Lifts Off on Resupp…

Orbital ATK Antares Rocket Lifts Off on Resupply Mission to the International Space Station : The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, launches from Pad-0A, Monday, May 21, 2018 at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Cygnus will deliver approximately 7,400 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the International Space Station and its crew. (via NASA)

Jupiter Cloud Animation from Juno : How do Ju…

Jupiter Cloud Animation from Juno : How do Jupiter’s clouds move? To help find out, images taken with NASA’s Juno spacecraft during its last pass near Jupiter have been analyzed and digitally extrapolated into a time-lapse video. The eight-second time-lapse video, digitally extrapolated between two images taken only nine minutes apart, estimates how Jupiter’s clouds move over 29 hours. Abstractly, the result appears something like a psychedelic paisley dream. Scientifically, however, the computer animation shows that circular storms tend to swirl, while bands and zones appear to flow. This overall motion is not surprising and has been seen on time-lapse videos of Jupiter before, although never in this detail. The featured region spans about four times the area of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. Results from Juno are showing, unexpectedly, that Jupiter’s weather phenomena can extend deep below its cloud tops. via NASA

M43: Orion Falls 

M43: Orion Falls 

Image Credit: Zhuoqun Wu, Chilescope Telescope 2

Antares Rocket Set to Launch NASA Science to t…

Antares Rocket Set to Launch NASA Science to the International Space Station : The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, is seen at launch Pad-0A, Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Liftoff is currently targeted for 4:39 a.m. Eastern on Monday, May 21. (via NASA)

Reflections of Venus and Moon : Posing near th…

Reflections of Venus and Moon : Posing near the western horizon, a brilliant evening star and slender young crescent shared reflections in a calm sea last Thursday after sunset. Recorded in this snapshot from the Atlantic beach at Santa Marinella near Rome, Italy, the lovely celestial conjunction of the two brightest beacons in the night sky could be enjoyed around the world. Seaside, light reflected by briefly horizontal surfaces of the gentle waves forms the shimmering columns across the water. Similar reflections by fluttering atmospheric ice crystals can create sometimes mysterious pillars of light. Of course, earthlight itself visibly illuminates the faint lunar night side. via NASA

Orbital ATK Rocket Rolls Out for May 21 Launch…

Orbital ATK Rocket Rolls Out for May 21 Launch : An Orbital ATK rocket rolls out to launch Pad-0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on May 17, 2018, in advance of a May 21 launch from Wallops Island, VA. The Antares will launch a Cygnus spacecraft on a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. (via NASA)

Hubble Catches a Spiral Galaxy in Disguise : N…

Hubble Catches a Spiral Galaxy in Disguise : NGC 1032 cleaves the quiet darkness of space in two in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. (via NASA)

An Amazing View : Astronaut Ricky Arnold took …

An Amazing View : Astronaut Ricky Arnold took this selfie during the May 16, 2018, spacewalk. (via NASA)

Blue Waters : This image of the southern Green…

Blue Waters : This image of the southern Greenland town of Narsaq was taken during an Operation IceBridge flight on Apr. 26, 2018. (via NASA)

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