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Chandra X-ray Observatory Celebrates 15th Anniversary! New Image: At a distance of about 20,000 light years, G292.0+1.8 is one of only three supernova remnants in the Milky Way known to contain large amounts of oxygen. These oxygen-rich supernovas are of great interest to astronomers because they are one of the primary sources of the heavy elements (that is, everything other than hydrogen and helium) necessary to form planets and people. The X-ray image from Chandra shows a rapidly expanding, intricately structured, debris field that contains, along with oxygen (yellow and orange), other elements such as magnesium (green) and silicon and sulfur (blue) that were forged in the star before it exploded. Image Credit

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As seen on @CBSThisMorning, which is posting some of our images this week - Earth. Aboard the International Space Station, astronaut Reid Wiseman photographed this image and wrote, “Thin silver polar #mesospheric clouds. The beauty from up here far exceeds the camera's ability to capture it.” Every day on the space station, scientific research is being conducted to prepare astronauts to venture farther into the solar system than ever before and provide real benefits to life on Earth. The station is the largest human-made object ever to orbit the Earth. It is so large that it can be seen drifting overhead with the unaided eye, and is frequently imaged from the ground in picturesque fashion. You can sign up for alerts when the space station will be flying over you by visiting: http://www.spotthestation.nasa.gov The station is helping pave the path to Mars for our next giant leap -- sending astronauts to the Red Planet. Image Credit

Peering through the layers: This collage of images shows an active region on the Sun taken at almost the same time in extreme ultraviolet light by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on July 24, 2014 at about 17:56 UTC. The layers are arranged clockwise from the upper left by temperature of plasma being imaged. This arrangement also correlates with the distance above the Sun's surface, going from lowest to highest. Different features of the active region appear quite differently in the four images: each one helps to provide scientists with more information about the Sun's processes. Image Credit: NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory #nasa #sdo #space #sun #sunshine #ultraviolet #uvlight #uv

Hubble Looks at Light and Dark in the Universe: This image shows a variety of intriguing cosmic phenomena. Surrounded by bright stars, towards the upper middle of the frame we see a small young stellar object. Located in the constellation of Perseus, this star is in the early stages of its life and is still forming into a fully-grown star. It appears to have a murky chimney of material emanating outwards and downwards, framed by bright bursts of gas flowing from the star itself. This fledgling star is actually surrounded by a bright disk of material swirling around it as it forms — a disc that we see edge-on from our perspective. Credit: ESA

Hubble Finds Jets and Explosions Spiral Galaxy: This new image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Sculptor some 13 million light-years away from Earth. It is one of the brightest galaxies in the Sculptor Group, one of the closest groups of galaxies to the Local Group — the group of galaxies containing our galaxy, the Milky Way and the Magellanic Clouds. The image shows its spiral arms and small central bulge. Unlike some other spirals, this one doesn’t have a very pronounced spiral structure, and its shape is further muddled by the mottled pattern of dark dust that stretches across the frame. The occasional burst of bright pink can be seen in the galaxy, highlighting stellar nurseries containing newly-forming baby stars. Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: D. Calzetti (University of Massachusetts) and the LEGUS Team #nasa #galaxy #astronomy #hubble #hst #milkyway #science

Mega Flares from a Mini Star: On April 23, our Swift satellite detected the strongest, hottest, and longest-lasting sequence of stellar flares ever seen from a nearby red dwarf star. The initial blast from this record-setting series of explosions was as much as 10,000 times more powerful than the largest solar flare ever recorded. DG CVn, a binary consisting of two red dwarf stars shown here in an artist's rendering, unleashed a series of powerful flares seen by Swift. At its peak, the initial flare was brighter in X-rays than the combined light from both stars at all wavelengths under typical conditions. Image Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/S. Wiessinger #nasa #sun #solarflare #stars #xray #swift #reddwarf #science

Hurricane Gonzalo has made the jump to major hurricane status and on Oct. 15 was a Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. Gonzalo is seen here from the International Space Station as it orbited above on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Video credit

Turquoise-Tinted Plumes in Large Magellanic Cloud: The brightly glowing plumes seen in this image are reminiscent of an underwater scene, with turquoise-tinted currents and nebulous strands reaching out into the surroundings. However, this is no ocean. This image actually shows part of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a small nearby galaxy that orbits our galaxy, the Milky Way, and appears as a blurred blob in our skies. The Hubble Space Telescope has peeked many times into this galaxy, releasing stunning images of the whirling clouds of gas and sparkling stars. This image shows part of the Tarantula Nebula's outskirts. This famously beautiful nebula, located within the LMC, is a frequent target for Hubble (heic1206, heic1402). In most images of the LMC the color is completely different to that seen here. This is because, in this new image, a different set of filters was used. The customary R filter, which selects the red light, was replaced by a filter letting through the near-infrared light. In traditional images, the hydrogen gas appears pink because it shines most brightly in the red. Here however, other less prominent emission lines dominate in the blue and green filters. Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA: acknowledgement: Josh Barrington #nasa #hst #hubble #space #glaxy #cloud #esa #astronomy #science

Galactic Wheel of Life Shines in Infrared: It might look like a spoked wheel or even a "Chakram" weapon wielded by warriors like "Xena," from the fictional TV show, but this ringed galaxy is actually a vast place of stellar life. A new image from our Spitzer Space Telescope, taken in infrared light, shows where the action is taking place in galaxy NGC 1291. The outer ring, colored red in this view, is filled with new stars that are igniting and heating up dust that glows with infrared light. Though the galaxy is quite old, roughly 12 billion years, it is marked by an unusual ring where newborn stars are igniting. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech #nasa #space #galaxy #spitzer #astronomy #infrared #science

One giant sunspot, 6 substantial flares. The bright light in the lower right of the sun shows an X-class solar flare on Sunday, as captured by NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured images of the event. This was the third X-class flare in 48 hours, which erupted from the largest active region seen on the sun in 24 years. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. They can't physically affect humans on the ground, but -- when intense enough -- can disturb the atmosphere where GPS and communications signals travel. Image Credit: NASA/SDO #nasa #sun #solarflare #flare #earth #sdo #solarsystem #sunspot #spaceweather #science

Hubble View of Bubbly Nebula This image from Hubble’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 showcases NGC 1501, a complex planetary nebula located in the large but faint constellation of Camelopardalis (The Giraffe). Discovered by William Herschel in 1787, NGC 1501 is a planetary nebula that is just under 5,000 light-years away from us. Astronomers have modeled the three-dimensional structure of the nebula, finding it to be a cloud shaped as an irregular ellipsoid filled with bumpy and bubbly regions. It has a bright central star that can be seen easily in this image, shining brightly from within the nebula’s cloud. This bright pearl embedded within its glowing shell inspired the nebula’s popular nickname: the Oyster Nebula. While NGC 1501's central star blasted off its outer shell long ago, it still remains very hot and luminous, although it is quite tricky for observers to spot through modest telescopes. This star has actually been the subject of many studies by astronomers due to one very unusual feature: it seems to be pulsating, varying quite significantly in brightness over a typical timescale of just half an hour. While variable stars are not unusual, it is uncommon to find one at the heart of a planetary nebula. It is important to note that the colors in this image are arbitrary. Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA; acknowledgement: Marc Canale

Venus from Space Station: Astronaut Terry Virts aboard the International Space Station snapped this image and wrote, "Venus sits on the background of the Earth's atmosphere." Virts worked on medical science Wednesday morning and later set up commercial research gear for an experiment to be delivered on the next SpaceX mission, which is scheduled to launch Dec. 16. Meanwhile, station Commander Barry Wilmore and Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti continued this week's maintenance work on a U.S. spacesuit. Image Credit

Iconic Hubble Space Telescope 'Pillars of Creation' image, taken in near-infrared light, transforms the pillars into eerie, wispy silhouettes, which are seen against a background of myriad stars. The near-infrared light can penetrate much of the gas and dust, revealing stars behind the nebula as well as hidden away inside the pillars. Some of the gas and dust clouds are so dense that even the near-infrared light cannot penetrate them. New stars embedded in the tops of the pillars, however, are apparent as bright sources that are unseen in the visible image. Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) #nasa #hubble #hubble25 #hst #space #astronomy #aas225 #telescope #science

A Whirlpool of Light: The year of 2015 has been declared the International Year of Light (IYL) by the United Nations. Organizations, institutions, and individuals involved in the science and applications of light will be joining together for this yearlong celebration to help spread the word about the wonders of light. In many ways, astronomy uses the science of light. And to celebrate, our Chandra X-ray Observatory released new images. Here's one of them: This galaxy, nicknamed the "Whirlpool," is a spiral galaxy, like our Milky Way, located about 30 million light years from Earth. This composite image combines data collected at X-ray wavelengths by Chandra (purple), ultraviolet by the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX, blue); visible light by Hubble (green), and infrared by Spitzer (red). Image Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO #nasa #chandra #astronomy #telescope #xray #light #science #IYL2015#IYL #UN

Supernova Sunday! It’s our second annual #SupernovaSunday! Let’s kick off w/ some crab, crab nebula: This image shows a composite view of the Crab nebula, an iconic supernova remnant in our Milky Way galaxy, as viewed by the Herschel Space Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope. A wispy and filamentary cloud of gas and dust, the Crab nebula is the remnant of a supernova explosion that was observed by Chinese astronomers in the year 1054. The image combines Hubble's view of the nebula at visible wavelengths, obtained using three different filters sensitive to the emission from oxygen and sulphur ions and is shown here in blue. Herschel's far-infrared image reveals the emission from dust in the nebula and is shown here in red. Image credit: ESA/Herschel/PACS/MESS Key Programme Supernova Remnant Team; NASA, ESA and Allison Loll/Jeff Hester (Arizona State University) #supernova #nasa #space #science #chandra #superbowl #sb49

Echoes of a Stellar Ending on Supernova Sunday: Over 11,000 years ago, a massive, supergiant star came to the end of its life. The star's core collapsed to form an incredibly dense ball of neutrons, and its exterior was blasted away in an immense release of energy astronomers call a supernova. The light from this supernova first reached Earth from the direction of the constellation Cassiopeia around 1667 A.D. If anyone alive at the time saw it, they left no records. It is likely that large amounts of dust between the dying star and Earth dimmed the brightness of the explosion to the point that it was barely, if at all, visible to the unaided eye. The remnant of this supernova was discovered in 1947 from its powerful radio emission. Listed as Cassiopeia A, it is one of the brightest radio sources in the whole sky. More recently, the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), detected infrared echoes of the flash of light rippling outwards from the supernova. In the image, the central bright cloud of dust is the blast wave moving through interstellar space heating up dust as it goes. The colors used in this image represent specific wavelengths of infrared light. Blue and cyan (blue-green) represent light emitted predominantly from stars at wavelengths of 3.4 and 4.6 microns. Green and red represent light mostly emitted by dust at 12 and 22 microns, respectively. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA #supernovasunday #supernova #nasa #space #science #chandra #superbowl #sb49

Meanwhile, 20,000 light years this Supernova Sunday, one of only three supernova remnants in the Milky Way known to contain large amounts of oxygen. These oxygen-rich supernovas are of great interest to astronomers because they are one of the primary sources of the heavy elements (that is, everything other than hydrogen and helium) necessary to form planets and people. The X-ray image from Chandra shows a rapidly expanding, intricately structured, debris field that contains, along with oxygen (yellow and orange), other elements such as magnesium (green) and silicon and sulfur (blue) that were forged in the star before it exploded. Image credit: NASA/CXC/SAO #supernovasunday #supernova #nasa #space #science #chandra #superbowl #sb49

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