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What do you see in the clouds? ☁️☁️☁️ ⁣ ⁣ These spiraling cloud patterns off the coast of Morocco were captured by our @NASAEarth instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite on July 19, 2019. They're known as von Kármán vortices, which can form nearly anywhere that fluid flow is disturbed by a solid object. Here, the patterns formed when winds flowed around small islands in the North Atlantic.⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using VIIRS day-night band data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership. ⁣ ⁣ #clouds #nighttime #vortices #cloudpatterns #earth

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A Spacecraft Duo! The @NorthropGrumman Cygnus and @SpaceX Dragon spacecrafts are seen in this August 6 view from the International Space Station (@ISS). The Cygnus resupply spacecraft is shown grappled by the #Canadarm2 robotic arm following its detachment from its docking port on the orbiting outpost and just before release. Behind the robotic arm, the Dragon is seen still attached to the station. Both spacecraft are currently re-supplying the orbiting laboratory with science and supplies to support the crew. Image credit: NASA #Cygnus #Dragon #SpaceX #Earth #Views #ISS

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This rounded object isn't something seen through a microscope. Instead, it's a vast orb of gas in space, cast off by an aging star and seen by the @NASAHubble telescope. The star is visible in the orb's center, shining through the gases it formerly held onto for most of its stellar life. When stars like the Sun grow advanced in age, they expand and glow red. These so-called red giants then begin to lose their outer layers of material into space. More than half of such a star's mass can be shed in this manner, forming a shell of surrounding gas. At the same time, the star's core shrinks and grows hotter, emitting ultraviolet light that causes the expelled gases to glow. Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. Wade #Hubble #Stars #Glow #Universe #Cosmos

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Flying through a fire cloud ☁️🔥☁️⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ This photo from roughly 30,000 ft (9 km) shows how smoke particles reflect light in ways that make the Sun appear blazing orange. Our DC-8 flying laboratory passed directly through a large fire cloud — called a pyrocumulonimbus — on August 8 as it was rising from a fire in eastern Washington, giving scientists a look at the phenomena. These clouds form when the intense heat of wildfires lift the smoke above the boundary layer, the lowest part of Earth's atmosphere.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ The flight was part of a joint NOAA and NASA field campaign called FIREX-AQ. Scientists are studying the composition and chemistry of smoke in the atmosphere to better understand its impact on air quality and climate.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ NASA Earth Observatory image credit: NASA/Joshua Stevens⁣⁣ Photography credits: U.S. Naval Research Laboratory/David Peterson⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ #nasa #wildfires #science #clouds #fires #ourplanet

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A full Moon is seen as the International Space Station (@ISS) flew 270 miles above the South Pacific Ocean off the coast of South America. The space station is an international partnership of the space agencies of the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada. In addition to photographs of the beautiful planet we call home, the Space Station functions as cooperative international laboratory, the work of which benefits all humanity. Click the link in our bio to learn more! Image Credit: NASA #Moon #Lunar #Views #NightSky #NASA

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As the @NASAHubble telescope turned its eye on Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, an Earth-sized storm rolling counterclockwise between two bands of clouds, it noticed something unusual. Can you tell what it is? 🤔⁣ ⁣ The color palette in the clouds is more intense than usual. The colorful bands, which flow in opposite directions at various latitudes, result from different atmospheric pressures. Lighter bands rise higher and have thicker clouds than the darker bands. The intensity of the colors reveals important clues about the planet’s turbulent atmosphere. ⁣ ⁣ Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Credits: NASA, ESA, A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center) and M.H. Wong (University of California, Berkeley)⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Jupiter #GreatRedSpot⁣

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According to astronaut Christina Koch, this is one of the most bold and recognizable geographical places on Earth. It's the Baja California Peninsula in Northwestern Mexico, seen here in a stunning view she shared from her orbiting spot 250 miles above the Earth. Astronauts have used hand-held cameras to photograph the Earth for decades. Beginning with the Mercury missions in the early 1960s, astronauts have taken millions of photographs of our home planet. Today, they continue this tradition of Earth observation from the International Space Station (@ISS). Image credit: NASA #Earth #Home #Baja #California #BlueMarble #Views

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When 2️⃣ become 1️⃣! This galactic duo of strange, luminescent creatures at play in this image are actually galaxies — realms of millions upon millions of stars. The galaxies are seen by our @NASAHubble telescope as their mutual gravitational attraction is pulling them closer and closer together and distorting their shapes in the process. Over time, the two galaxies will likely merge into one. Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Evans #Hubble #Galaxy #Merge #TwoBecomeOne

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No, this red beam in space isn't a light saber! It's a galaxy, far, far away — 44 million light-years away, to be exact. We often imagine galaxies as having massive spiral arms or thick disks of dust, but not all galaxies are oriented face-on as viewed from Earth. From our viewpoint, our Spitzer Space Telescope can detect this galaxy's infrared light but can only view the entire galaxy on its side where we can't see its spiral features. We know it has a diameter of roughly 60,000 light-years — a little more than half the diameter of our own Milky Way galaxy. Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️ Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech #galaxy #spitzer #infrared #lightsaber #farfaraway

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Let the sunshine in.⁣ ☀️⁣ ⁣⁣ Our Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, was launched on February 11, 2010 to help us understand the causes of solar variability and its impacts on Earth. By measuring how the Sun's magnetic field is generated and structured, we can study how it affects our lives and technology. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Each day, SDO images the sun in a variety of wavelengths. Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #NASA #Sunshine #Space

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We haven’t seen a photo of our home planet that we didn’t like! 😍 While living and working 250 miles above Earth, crew members aboard the International Space Station (@ISS) captured these mesmerizing images of the place we call home. Swipe to take a look! 👀 Credit: NASA #HomeSweetHome #Views #Space

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Seven years. 13 miles. 22 samples. ⁣ ⁣ Our Curiosity rover has come a long way since touching down on Mars seven years ago. It has traveled a total of 13 miles (21 kilometers) and ascended 1,207 feet (368 meters) to its current location. Along the way, Curiosity discovered Mars had the conditions to support microbial life in the ancient past. And the rover is far from done, having just drilled its 22nd sample from the Martian surface. ⁣ ⁣ Curiosity captured this 360-degree panorama of a location on Mars called “Teal Ridge” on June 18, 2019. Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Mars #Curiosity⁣

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