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On top of the world. ⁣ ⁣ On Dec. 2, NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan snapped a photo of the the Earth 250 miles (~400 km) below him. He was embarking on the third spacewalk to upgrade the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer’s (AMS) thermal pump system.⁣ ⁣ The AMS is designed to measure antimatter in cosmic rays, which helps us search for evidence of dark matter. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/Andrew Morgan (@astrodrewmorgan)⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Views #OnTopOfTheWorld

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Behold: the cosmic fire of creation. ⁣ ⁣ Popularly called the Orion Nebula, this stellar nursery has been known to many different cultures throughout human history. Located inside the constellation Orion, M42 can be spotted with the naked eye, while offering an excellent peek at stellar birth for those with telescopes.⁣ ⁣ Want to know more? Click the link in bio ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA, ESA, M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the @NASAHubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Orion #Cosmic

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This month starts off with a lovely string of pearls — with Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and the crescent Moon forming a lineup at dusk on December 1st. Plan to sky gaze throughout the month to see beautiful pairings of planets and the crescent Moon, at sunrise and sunset. Watch this video to discover when and where to look to see Venus, Saturn and Mars! 🔭🌟🪐

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Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Won't you be my neighbor?👋 ⁣ ⁣ While many galaxies live solitary lives, others interact with a neighbor galaxy, like this duo spotted by our @NASAHubble Space Telescope over 250 million light-years from Earth. ⁣ ⁣ These neighbors are interacting in the cosmos, with their mutual gravitational attraction pulling wisps of gas and streams of dust from them, distorting their shapes, and gently smudging and blurring their appearances on the sky — to Earth-based observers, at least. Thanks to Hubble, our view of the universe and our place within it has never been the same.⁣ ⁣ Image credit: @EuropeanSpaceAgency/Hubble & NASA, K. Larson et al.⁣ ⁣ #nasa #space #neighborhoodwatch #cosmos #hubble

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Are you throwing all your money into a black hole today?⁣ ⁣ Forget Black Friday — celebrate #BlackHoleFriday with us and get sucked into this recent discovery of a black hole that may have sparked star births across multiple galaxies. ⁣ ⁣ If confirmed, this discovery would represent the widest reach ever seen for a black hole acting as a stellar kick-starter — enhancing star formation more than one million light-years away. ⁣ ⁣ Telescopes like @nasachandraxray help us detect the X-rays produced by hot gas swirling around the black hole. Click the link in the bio to learn more. ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/INAF/R. Gilli et al.; Radio NRAO/VLA; Optical: NASA/STScI⁣ ⁣ #NASA #BlackHole #StarBirth

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Looking back at Jupiter's chaotic southern hemisphere...🌀⁣ ⁣ After a close flyby of Jupiter on Nov. 3, 2019, our @nasajuno spacecraft's JunoCam captured this striking view of the giant planet, showing massive cyclones and chaotic clouds. When the image was taken, Juno was traveling at about 85,000 mph (137,000 kilometers per hour) relative to the planet. A little more than an hour earlier — at the point of closest approach to the cloud tops — the spacecraft reached speeds relative to Jupiter in excess of 130,000 mph (209,000 kilometers per hour).⁣ ⁣ Citizen scientist Ali Abbasi created this image using data from the spacecraft's JunoCam imager. ⁣ ⁣ Image data: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS⁣ Image processing by AliAbbasiPov, © CC BY⁣ ⁣ #jupiter #planets #solarsystem #nasa #juno #clouds

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Spider webs. Shattered glass. Fractal art. ⁣ ⁣ What does this image evoke for you? This photo was captured by NASA astronaut Jessica Meir as the International Space Station (@ISS) orbited ~250 miles (~400 km) over London’s glittery nightscape.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/Jessica Meir⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Space #London

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*Record scratch, freeze frame*⁣ ⁣ You're probably wondering how I ended up in this situation...⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ On a Nov. 22 spacewalk, @europeanspaceagency astronaut Luca Parmitano caught a ride over to the worksite outside the International Space Station (@ISS) aboard the station's robotic arm. Known as Canadarm2, the robotic arm was operated from inside the station by astronaut Jessica Meir. At the worksite, Parmitano and fellow spacewalker Andrew Morgan (@AstroDrewMorgan) performed repairs on the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer instrument, a cosmic particle detector. Repairs continue in the next spacewalk on Monday, Dec. 2.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA & ESA⁣ ⁣⁣ #spacewalk #astronaut #robots #nasa #esa⁣

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🎶 Baby stars! 🎶 ✨ This galaxy might be bursting with star formation and stellar newborns. ⁣ ⁣ Our @NASAHubble space telescope turned its powerful eye towards galaxy NGC 3749, over 135 million light-years away from Earth. This galaxy shows strong emission lines (signs of emission from elements within a galaxy's spectrum of light), suggesting that it has plenty of star-forming material and energetic new stars. ⁣ ⁣ This study technique, known as spectroscopy, is used by astronomers to understand a galaxy’s type and composition, the density and temperature of any emitting gas, the star formation rate, or how massive the galaxy’s central black hole might be. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, D. Rosario et al.⁣ ⁣ #hubble #galaxy #babies #stars #universe #esa #nasa

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Did this debris shield spark joy?⁣ ⁣ Sometimes you need to let go of what no longer serves you!⁣ ⁣ On the first spacewalk to repair the International Space Station's cosmic particle detector, @AstroDrewMorgan and @europeanspaceagency astronaut Luca Parmitano removed a debris shield to access the work site. It was too big to take inside, so the best option was to jettison it behind @iss, where it will disintegrate in the upper atmosphere. This video was taken on Nov. 15.⁣ ⁣ On Friday, Nov. 22, the two astronauts will once again venture into the vacuum of space to resume repair work on the particle detector, called the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer. Watch live coverage starting at 5:30am ET on nasa.gov/live.⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA/Andrew Morgan⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Declutter #SparkJoy #TakeOutTheTrash

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It may look like a veiny eyeball, but Jupiter's moon Europa is more than meets the eye. 👁️⁣ ⁣ For the first time, scientists have detected water vapor above the icy moon's surface, giving us further evidence that oceans of liquid water may exist beneath Europa's crust. ⁣ ⁣ 💧 Water is one of the main ingredients necessary for life, making Europa an alluring destination for exploration. Scientists will soon be able get close enough to this intriguing moon to settle their lingering questions. The Europa Clipper mission, expected to launch in the mid-2020s, will survey the moon up close and sample molecules in its atmosphere.⁣ ⁣ Seen here is a view of Europa made from images taken by the Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s during a flyby. ⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute⁣ ⁣ #nasa #europa #jupiter #space #science #astronomy #solarsystem #h2whoa

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Finally. ⁣ ⁣ After decades of searching, astronomers have found what they’ve been looking for: a galaxy cluster where large numbers of stars are being born at its core. ⁣ ⁣ Galaxy clusters are the largest structures in the cosmos that are held together by gravity, consisting of hundreds or thousands of galaxies. For decades, astronomers have looked for galaxy clusters containing rich nurseries of stars. Instead, they found powerful, giant black holes pumping out energy and keeping the gas too warm to form many stars. Until now. ⁣ ⁣ Data from @NASAHubble and @nasachandraxray is revealing new details about how the most massive black holes in the universe affect their host galaxies. Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/G.Schellenberger et al.; Optical:SDSS⁣ ⁣ #NASA #GalaxyCluster #BlackHoles

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