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Here's a look at the majestic beauty of snow, as seen from space. ❄️This photo shows curling snow drifts magnified by the terrain around the 1,400 mile Dnieper River, flowing from Russia to the Black Sea. @EuropeanSpaceAgency astronaut @thom_astro, a member of the Expedition 50 crew, captured this image from the @iss on Feb. 9, 2017, saying, "winter landscapes are also magical from the International Space Station: this river north of Kiev reminds me of a Hokusai painting." Each day, the International Space Station completes 16 orbits of our home planet as the crew conducts important science and research. Crew members on the space station photograph the Earth from their unique perspective, hovering 200 miles above us, documenting Earth from space. This record is crucial to how we see the planet changing over time, from human-caused changes like urban growth, to natural dynamic events such as hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions. Credits: NASA/ESA/Thomas Pesquet #nasa #space #snow #winter #astronaut #picoftheday spacestation
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Inkblot test! 🐉 😜 🌀 🐕 🐙 What do you see in this image by our @NASAJuno spacecraft? We keep finding new shapes hidden in Jupiter's swirling clouds. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran #nasa #jupiter #solarsystem #juno clouds
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Views from space never get old! 👀 “It was in this fabulous country that I first learned what it means to travel beyond my #Horizons #nasa #space #astronaut #spacestation #views #earth #earthviews #mothernature #planet #orbit #spacecraft #internationalspacestation #land #home picoftheday
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Behold: The beauty of our home planet! 😍 The orange hue surrounding Earth, known as airglow, diffuse bands of light that stretch 50 to 400 miles into our atmosphere. Airglow reveals some workings of the upper reaches of our atmosphere. It can help scientists learn about the movement of particles near the interface of Earth and space, including the connections between space weather and Earth weather. Satellites offer one way to study this dynamic zone. Our Ionospheric Connection Explorer satellite that launches early in the morning of Nov. 7 will help scientists understand the physical processes at work where Earth’s atmosphere interacts with near-Earth space. Credit: NASA #nasa #earth #science #earth #home #spacestation #space #astronaut #icon airglow
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Shadows on Earth can be mysterious, but when they occur in space, they can convey information we otherwise could not know. Nearly 1,300 light-years away, the shadow of the debris from a young star in the form of a "Bat Shadow" spans 200 times the length of our solar system in the Serpens Nebula. The near-infrared vision of our @NASAHubble Space Telescope captured the shadow cast by the fledgling star's brilliant light, revealing secrets of its unseen planet-forming disk. Credit: NASA, ESA and STScI #nasa #space #solarsystem #star #shadow #astronomy #universe telescope
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😉 Can you find the smiling face in this patch of space, captured by our @NASAHubble Space Telescope? The unprecedented resolution of Hubble's camera is high enough to locate and study regions of star formation -- and see galaxies in all shapes, colors and sizes. Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA; Acknowledgment: Judy Schmidt #space #astronomy #hubble #nasa #galaxies #facesinplaces #science #cosmos #galaxy #pictureoftheday universe
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Experience high-res #science 8K ultra high definition (UHD) video from the International Space Station. Get closer to the in-space experience and see how human spaceflight is improving lives on Earth, while enabling humanity to explore the universe. Watch and download: nasa.gov/8k-science 🚀🔬🌟🎥
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Icy Ceres and rocky Vesta: two dwarf planets and time capsules from the beginning of our solar system, seen in these images from our Dawn spacecraft. Today, as expected, the Dawn mission came to an end, as the spacecraft has run out of fuel and gone silent. Since arriving at Vesta in the asteroid belt in 2011, and at Ceres in 2015, Dawn's data and images have been critical to understanding the solar system's history and evolution. Dawn is the first mission to orbit an object in the main asteroid belt, the first to visit a dwarf planet, and the first to orbit two deep-space destinations. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech #nasa #space #vesta #ceres #dwarfplanet #craters #asteroids #solarsystem #science #spacecraft #pictureoftheday astronomy
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Is that a witch screaming out into space?! This infrared portrait shows the Witch Head nebula, named after its resemblance to the profile of a wicked witch. Spotted by our Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, the Witch Head nebula is estimated to be hundreds of light-years away in the Orion constellation. Astronomers say the billowy clouds of the nebula, where baby stars are brewing, are being lit up by massive stars. Dust in the cloud is being hit with starlight, causing it to glow with infrared light that was picked up by our detectors. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech #nasa #space #nebula #halloween #witch #cosmos #infrared #science picoftheday
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Please stick to the rivers and lakes that you’re used to! 🌊 🌊 🌊 A satellite image offers a view of the Suwannee River in Georgia that’s known as a “blackwater river” because of its dark-brown waters laden with organic material. Unlike other blackwater rivers, it maintains its inky color along its entire 250-mile journey to the sea. When the river finally meets the Gulf of Mexico along Florida’s Big Bend—that portion of coast where the state’s panhandle curves to meet its peninsula—its dark waters act like a tracer, revealing whereby the river water mixes with the sea. To understand the color of the Suwannee River, you have to start at its source. In Georgia’s boggy Okefenokee Swamp, the peat deposits are so extensive that the ground quivers with every step. It is in this swamp that the nascent Suwannee River first encounters large amounts of decaying vegetation. As these leaves, branches, and bark decay, the tannins that once protected the vegetation dissolve into a substance that dyes the river a brown so dark that it borders on black. The amount of dark dissolved organic matter, or humic substances, in the Suwannee River is nearly ten times higher than other streams around the world. Our satellite view from the vantage point of space helps us increase our understanding of our home planet, improve lives, and safeguard our future. Credit: @NASAEarth #nasa #space #earth #homeplanet #satellite #views #organic #rivers #water #science #earthviews picoftheday
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Our @NASAHubble Space Telescope spotted a red spiral galaxy that’s similar in size to our own galaxy, the Milky Way, at just over 100,000 light-years across. Similar to the Milky Way, its spiral arms are dotted with blue regions, indicating ongoing star formation. The blue patches house hot, young stars in the process of forming, while the older, cooler stars populating the galaxy’s center cause it to appear redder in color. While its relative proximity to Earth makes it an ideal target for professional astronomers to study its active nucleus in more detail, its big apparent size in the night sky and its brightness also make it a beautiful target for amateur astronomers. Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA; Acknowledgment: Judy Schmidt #nasa #solarsystem #science #cosmos #galaxy #milkyway #stars #beautiful #pictureoftheday #universe astronomy
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Jupiter’s swirling cloud formations are ready for their closeup 📸 During its 15th flyby of the planet, our @NASAJuno spacecraft spotted a swirling, oval white cloud in Jupiter’s South South Temperate Belt. This feature is an anticyclonic storm - a weather phenomenon where winds around the storm flow in the direction opposite to those of the flow around a region of low pressure. Since 2016, our Juno spacecraft has been gracing us with images of the giant gas planet's chaotic vortices and penetrating its deep, colorful zones and belts in a quest to reveal its origin story. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill #nasa #space #juno #junocam #spacecraft #jupiter #planet #solarsystem #clouds #storm #swirls #turbulent #atmosphere #celestial #gasgiantplanet #pictureoftheday #beautiful #explore #discover science