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nasa's Instagram Photo - It’s Black Friday, but we don’t do much shopping in space. Instead, join us for our 5th annual #BlackHoleFriday where we’ll share awesome images and facts about black holes!

It’s Black Friday, but we don’t do much shopping in space. Instead, join us for our 5th annual #BlackHoleFriday where we’ll share awesome images and facts about black holes!

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nasa's Instagram Photo - A black hole is a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light cannot get out!

A black hole is a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light cannot get out!

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nasa's Instagram Photo - The gravity is so strong because matter has been squeezed into a tiny space, which can happen when a star is dying

The gravity is so strong because matter has been squeezed into a tiny space, which can happen when a star is dying

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nasa's Instagram Photo - Black holes are formed when giant stars explode at the end of their lifecycle. If the star has enough mass, it will collapse on itself down to a very small size.

Black holes are formed when giant stars explode at the end of their lifecycle. If the star has enough mass, it will collapse on itself down to a very small size.

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nasa's Instagram Photo - Scientists can see how the strong gravity of black holes affect the stars and gas around them, which is how black holes are detected.

Scientists can see how the strong gravity of black holes affect the stars and gas around them, which is how black holes are detected.

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nasa's Instagram Photo - Spacecraft like... NASA Swift Telescope @nasachandraxray @nasahubble ...help us study black holes.

Spacecraft like... NASA Swift Telescope @nasachandraxray @nasahubble ...help us study black holes.

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nasa's Instagram Photo - Swipe up to learn more about the mysteries of black holes! Happy !!!

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nasa's Instagram Photo - We’re closing out our #BlackHoleFriday with a black hole that’s close to home, on a cosmic scale. At the center of our own Milky Way galaxy lies a supermassive black hole named Sagittarius A*. Located about 26,000 light years from Earth, this black hole contains around 4.5 million times the mass of our Sun! 
Once a controversial claim, this astounding conclusion is now virtually inescapable and based on observations of stars orbiting very near the galactic center. Astronomers patiently followed the orbit of a particular star. Their results showed that the star was moving under the influence of the enormous gravity of an unseen object which must be extremely compact, and contain huge amounts of matter – a supermassive black hole. 
This Chandra X-ray telescope image shows the X-ray light from a region of space a few light years across. The black hole is invisible, but is near the center of this image. The gas near the center produces X-ray light as it is heated. Many of the ‘stars’ in the field probably have much smaller black holes near them that are producing the X-ray light from the gas they are consuming. 
Thanks for joining us for our 5th annual #BlackHoleFriday! 
Credit: NASA/CXC/MIT/Frederick K. Baganoff et al. 
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We’re closing out our #blackholefridaywith a black hole that’s close to home, on a cosmic scale. At the center of our own Milky Way galaxy lies a supermassive black hole named Sagittarius A*. Located about 26,000 light years from Earth, this black hole contains around 4.5 million times the mass of our Sun! Once a controversial claim, this astounding conclusion is now virtually inescapable and based on observations of stars orbiting very near the galactic center. Astronomers patiently followed the orbit of a particular star. Their results showed that the star was moving under the influence of the enormous gravity of an unseen object which must be extremely compact, and contain huge amounts of matter – a supermassive black hole. This Chandra X-ray telescope image shows the X-ray light from a region of space a few light years across. The black hole is invisible, but is near the center of this image. The gas near the center produces X-ray light as it is heated. Many of the ‘stars’ in the field probably have much smaller black holes near them that are producing the X-ray light from the gas they are consuming. Thanks for joining us for our 5th annual #BlackHoleFriday! Credit: NASA/CXC/MIT/Frederick K. Baganoff et al. #nasa #space #blackhole #chandra #galaxy #milkyway #sagittariusa #lightyears #observations #telescope #xray #blackfriday

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nasa's Instagram Photo - What happens when two supermassive black holes collide? Until last year, we weren’t quite sure. Gravitational waves! 
Gravitational waves are ripples in space-time originally predicted by Albert Einstein more than 100 years ago, but confirmed for the first time in 2016 by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). To date, LIGO has made four detections of gravitational waves emanating from the mergers of black holes. Einstein pictured these waves as ripples in the fabric of space-time produced by massive, accelerating bodies, such as black holes orbiting each other. 
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What happens when two supermassive black holes collide? Until last year, we weren’t quite sure. Gravitational waves! Gravitational waves are ripples in space-time originally predicted by Albert Einstein more than 100 years ago, but confirmed for the first time in 2016 by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). To date, LIGO has made four detections of gravitational waves emanating from the mergers of black holes. Einstein pictured these waves as ripples in the fabric of space-time produced by massive, accelerating bodies, such as black holes orbiting each other. Credit: SXS #nasa #space #gravitationalwaves #gravity #spacetime #einstein #waves #ripples #blackfriday #blackholes #blackhole #blackholefriday #collide

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nasa's Instagram Photo - Do the #BlackFriday lines suck? We’re asking the same question about black holes...why do they suck...or do they? 
There are many cultural myths concerning black holes. They have been portrayed as time-traveling tunnels to another dimension, or as cosmic vacuum cleaners sucking up everything in sight. Black holes are really just the evolutionary end points of massive stars. At a distance, black holes really don’t have more gravity than normal objects, so at a distance they really won’t suck things in any more than a normal object at the same mass. 
Credit: NASA/Dana Berry/Sky Works Digital 
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Do the #blackfridaylines suck? We’re asking the same question about black holes...why do they suck...or do they? There are many cultural myths concerning black holes. They have been portrayed as time-traveling tunnels to another dimension, or as cosmic vacuum cleaners sucking up everything in sight. Black holes are really just the evolutionary end points of massive stars. At a distance, black holes really don’t have more gravity than normal objects, so at a distance they really won’t suck things in any more than a normal object at the same mass. Credit: NASA/Dana Berry/Sky Works Digital #nasa #space #blackfriday #blackholefriday #friday #blackhole #blackholes #light #star #explosion #mass #annual #facts

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nasa's Instagram Photo - Devouring the crazy #BlackFriday deals? This supermassive black hole is devouring a glowing stream of material from a star! Supermassive black holes, with their immense gravitational pull, are notoriously good at clearing out their immediate surroundings by eating nearby objects. When a star passes within a certain distance of a black hole, the stellar material gets stretched and compressed -- or “spaghettified” -- as the black hole swallows it. 
A black hole destroying a star, an event called “stellar tidal disruption,” releases an enormous amount of energy, brightening the surroundings in an event called a flare. Thanks to our Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), we now have new insights into these flares. 
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Devouring the crazy #blackfridaydeals? This supermassive black hole is devouring a glowing stream of material from a star! Supermassive black holes, with their immense gravitational pull, are notoriously good at clearing out their immediate surroundings by eating nearby objects. When a star passes within a certain distance of a black hole, the stellar material gets stretched and compressed -- or “spaghettified” -- as the black hole swallows it. A black hole destroying a star, an event called “stellar tidal disruption,” releases an enormous amount of energy, brightening the surroundings in an event called a flare. Thanks to our Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), we now have new insights into these flares. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech #nasa #space #blackhole #blackholefriday #friday #blackhole #blackholes #light #star #explosion #mass #annual #facts #wise #stellar #tidal #disruption

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nasa's Instagram Photo - It’s #BlackFriday, but we don’t do much shopping in space. Instead, join us for our 5th annual #BlackHoleFriday where we’ll share awesome images and facts about black holes! A black hole is a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light cannot get out. 
The gravity is so strong because matter has been squeezed into a tiny space. Black holes are formed when giant stars explode at the end of their lifecycle. If the star has enough mass, it will collapse on itself down to a very small size. Because no light can get out, people cannot see black holes...they’re invisible! Space telescopes with special tools can help find black holes by seeing how stars that are very close to them act differently than other stars. 
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It’s #BlackFriday, but we don’t do much shopping in space. Instead, join us for our 5th annual #blackholefridaywhere we’ll share awesome images and facts about black holes! A black hole is a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light cannot get out. The gravity is so strong because matter has been squeezed into a tiny space. Black holes are formed when giant stars explode at the end of their lifecycle. If the star has enough mass, it will collapse on itself down to a very small size. Because no light can get out, people cannot see black holes...they’re invisible! Space telescopes with special tools can help find black holes by seeing how stars that are very close to them act differently than other stars. Credit: NASA #nasa #space #blackfriday #blackholefriday #friday #blackhole #blackholes #light #star #explosion #mass #annual #facts

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nasa's Instagram Photo - Happy Thanksgiving from space! This timelapse video from 2015 shows what a family dinner looks like 250 miles above Earth on the International Space Station (@iss). While the crew living and working in space aren’t able to step outside to fire up the turkey frier, they do have the option to float on the ceiling while they eat their mashed potatoes. 
Currently, there are six people living and working on the space station. During their time on the microgravity laboratory they are conducting important science and research that will not only benefit life here on Earth, but will also help us send humans deeper into space than ever before. 
Today, we’re thankful to live on the only known planet capable of supporting and nourishing life as we know it. Happy Thanksgiving! 
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Happy Thanksgiving from space! This timelapse video from 2015 shows what a family dinner looks like 250 miles above Earth on the International Space Station (@iss). While the crew living and working in space aren’t able to step outside to fire up the turkey frier, they do have the option to float on the ceiling while they eat their mashed potatoes. Currently, there are six people living and working on the space station. During their time on the microgravity laboratory they are conducting important science and research that will not only benefit life here on Earth, but will also help us send humans deeper into space than ever before. Today, we’re thankful to live on the only known planet capable of supporting and nourishing life as we know it. Happy Thanksgiving! Credit: NASA #nasa #space #thanksgiving #happythanksgiving #dinner #family #familydinner #friends #meal #thankful #grateful #earth #spacestation #astronauts #internationalspacestation

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nasa's Instagram Photo - 3…2…1…Launch! This time-lapse video shows the deployment of a new CubeSat mission from the International Space Station (@iss). The shoebox-size spacecraft, called EcAMSat, is carrying a science experiment that will explore the genetic basis for how effectively antibiotics combat bacteria in space. 
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3…2…1…Launch! This time-lapse video shows the deployment of a new CubeSat mission from the International Space Station (@iss). The shoebox-size spacecraft, called EcAMSat, is carrying a science experiment that will explore the genetic basis for how effectively antibiotics combat bacteria in space. Video credit: NASA #nasa #science #nasasiliconvalley #cubesat #internationalspacestation #spacestation #spacecraft #satellite #bacteria #space #experiment #timelapse #astronomy #earth @NASAAmes @Stanford

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nasa's Instagram Photo - A developing filament near the edge of the Sun churned and twisted as the rotating Sun brought it into clearer view Nov. 16-17. Filaments are cooler and often unstable clouds of particles floating above the Sun’s surface, which are tethered by magnetic forces. 
In extreme ultraviolet light, they appear darker than the Sun’s surface. The bright area to the right of the filament is an active region. The loop that appears behind the filament in the middle of the clip is made of charged particles tracing magnetic field lines. 
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A developing filament near the edge of the Sun churned and twisted as the rotating Sun brought it into clearer view Nov. 16-17. Filaments are cooler and often unstable clouds of particles floating above the Sun’s surface, which are tethered by magnetic forces. In extreme ultraviolet light, they appear darker than the Sun’s surface. The bright area to the right of the filament is an active region. The loop that appears behind the filament in the middle of the clip is made of charged particles tracing magnetic field lines. Credit: NASA #nasa #space #sun #sdo #solardynamicsobservatory #solarobservatory #observatory #solar #churn #twist #filaments #active #solarsystem #star

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nasa's Instagram Photo - An interstellar visitor…scientists have confirmed that an intriguing asteroid that zipped through our solar system in October is the first confirmed object from another star! New data reveal the interstellar interloper to be a rocky, cigar-shaped object with a somewhat reddish hue. Observations suggest that this unusual object had been wandering through the Milky Way, unattached to any star system, for hundreds of millions of years before its chance encounter with our star system. 
The asteroid is up to one-quarter mile (400 meters) long and highly-elongated—perhaps 10 times as long as it is wide. While its elongated shape is quite surprising, and unlike asteroids seen in our solar system, it may provide new clues into how other solar systems formed. 
Two of our space telescopes (@NASAHubble and Spitzer) are tracking the object the week of Nov. 20. As of Monday, the asteroid is travelling about 85,700 miles per hour (38.3 kilometers per second) relative to the Sun. 
Credit: European Southern Observatory/M. Kornmesser 
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An interstellar visitor…scientists have confirmed that an intriguing asteroid that zipped through our solar system in October is the first confirmed object from another star! New data reveal the interstellar interloper to be a rocky, cigar-shaped object with a somewhat reddish hue. Observations suggest that this unusual object had been wandering through the Milky Way, unattached to any star system, for hundreds of millions of years before its chance encounter with our star system. The asteroid is up to one-quarter mile (400 meters) long and highly-elongated—perhaps 10 times as long as it is wide. While its elongated shape is quite surprising, and unlike asteroids seen in our solar system, it may provide new clues into how other solar systems formed. Two of our space telescopes (@NASAHubble and Spitzer) are tracking the object the week of Nov. 20. As of Monday, the asteroid is travelling about 85,700 miles per hour (38.3 kilometers per second) relative to the Sun. Credit: European Southern Observatory/M. Kornmesser #nasa #space #interstellar #rocky #asteroid #solarsystem #milkyway #discovery #firstever #first #picoftheday #scientists

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nasa's Instagram Photo - See that swirling cloud that looks like cream in coffee? It’s actually a massive, raging storm in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere. The bright clouds and their shadows range from approximately 4 to 8 miles in both widths and lengths. These appear similar to the small clouds in the other bright regions our Juno spacecraft (@NASAJuno) has detected and are expcted to be updrafts of ammonia ice crystals possibly mixed with water ice.

This image was captured on Oct. 24 at 10:32 a.m. EDT by our Juno spacecraft during its ninth close flyby of the gas giant planet.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Calthech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran

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See that swirling cloud that looks like cream in coffee? It’s actually a massive, raging storm in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere. The bright clouds and their shadows range from approximately 4 to 8 miles in both widths and lengths. These appear similar to the small clouds in the other bright regions our Juno spacecraft (@NASAJuno) has detected and are expcted to be updrafts of ammonia ice crystals possibly mixed with water ice. This image was captured on Oct. 24 at 10:32 a.m. EDT by our Juno spacecraft during its ninth close flyby of the gas giant planet. Credit: NASA/JPL-Calthech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran #nasa #space #jupiter #juno #planet #gasgiant #clouds #coffee #swirls #storm #shadows #solarsystem #spacecraft #picoftheday

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nasa's Instagram Photo - The 3rd time was a charm for @NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1)! It lifted off on a @Ulalaunch Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, at 4:47 a.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. Approximately 63 minutes after launch, the solar arrays on JPSS-1 deployed and the spacecraft was operating on its own power and was on its own orbit.

JPSS-1 is equipped with five instruments, each of which is significantly upgraded from the instruments on NOAA’s previous polar-orbiting satellites. The more-detailed observations provided by JPSS-1 will allow forecasters to make more accurate predictions. JPSS-1 data will also improve recognition of climate patterns that influence the weather, such as El Nino and La Nina. 
The JPSS program is a partnership between NOAA and NASA. 
Credit: @ULALaunch 
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The 3rd time was a charm for @NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1)! It lifted off on a @Ulalaunch Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, at 4:47 a.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. Approximately 63 minutes after launch, the solar arrays on JPSS-1 deployed and the spacecraft was operating on its own power and was on its own orbit. JPSS-1 is equipped with five instruments, each of which is significantly upgraded from the instruments on NOAA’s previous polar-orbiting satellites. The more-detailed observations provided by JPSS-1 will allow forecasters to make more accurate predictions. JPSS-1 data will also improve recognition of climate patterns that influence the weather, such as El Nino and La Nina. The JPSS program is a partnership between NOAA and NASA. Credit: @ULALaunch #nasa #spacecraft #satellite #jpss1 #weather #liftoff #launch #rocket #orbit #space #rocketlaunch

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nasa's Instagram Photo - A cosmic search for a missing arm… This image shows a dwarf galaxy, located about 30 million light-years away in the constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs). Taken by the Hubble Space Telescope (@NASAHubble), the picture reveals the single major spiral arm of the galaxy, which gives it an asymmetric appearance.

But why is there only one such spiral arm, when spiral galaxies normally have at least two? Observations in the ultraviolet provided the first hint: in ultraviolet light the disk of the galaxy appears four times larger than on the image depicted here. An indication that there are a large number of very young and hot stars forming in the outer regions of the galaxy – only visible in the ultraviolet.

At first, astronomers assumed that this high star formation rate was being triggered by the interaction with another, nearby dwarf galaxy. They speculated this galactic neighbor may be the culprit, causing it to lose all but one spiral arm. In 2004 astronomers found proof for this claim. The gas in the outermost regions of the neighboring dwarf galaxy has been strongly affected by the galaxy in this image.

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A cosmic search for a missing arm… This image shows a dwarf galaxy, located about 30 million light-years away in the constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs). Taken by the Hubble Space Telescope (@NASAHubble), the picture reveals the single major spiral arm of the galaxy, which gives it an asymmetric appearance. But why is there only one such spiral arm, when spiral galaxies normally have at least two? Observations in the ultraviolet provided the first hint: in ultraviolet light the disk of the galaxy appears four times larger than on the image depicted here. An indication that there are a large number of very young and hot stars forming in the outer regions of the galaxy – only visible in the ultraviolet. At first, astronomers assumed that this high star formation rate was being triggered by the interaction with another, nearby dwarf galaxy. They speculated this galactic neighbor may be the culprit, causing it to lose all but one spiral arm. In 2004 astronomers found proof for this claim. The gas in the outermost regions of the neighboring dwarf galaxy has been strongly affected by the galaxy in this image. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA #nasa #space #hubble #spothubble #galaxy #dwarfgalaxy #spiral #arm #astrophysics #solarsystem #universe #stars #formation #picoftheday

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nasa's Instagram Photo - Can you identify this river? This image, taken by NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei shows the beauty of planet Earth from his unique vantage point on the International Space Station (@iss). He posted this to social media saying, “Can you identify this river? The views up here never get old, especially sun glinting off the water!”. Currently, there are six humans living and working on the orbiting laboratory where they conduct important science and research that will not only benefit life here on Earth, but will help us send humans deeper into the solar system than ever before.

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Can you identify this river? This image, taken by NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei shows the beauty of planet Earth from his unique vantage point on the International Space Station (@iss). He posted this to social media saying, “Can you identify this river? The views up here never get old, especially sun glinting off the water!”. Currently, there are six humans living and working on the orbiting laboratory where they conduct important science and research that will not only benefit life here on Earth, but will help us send humans deeper into the solar system than ever before. Credit: NASA #nasa #space #earth #spacestation #sun #river #amazonriver #glint #astronaut #microgravity #laboratory #science #photography #picoftheday #earthphotography

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nasa's Instagram Photo - One of eight massive rotating storms that appear as white ovals, christened the "String of Pearls," was recently captured on Oct. 24 in this stunning Juno spacecraft image of Jupiter. It shows the southern hemisphere of the gas giant planet. Since 1986, these colossal white ovals have varied in number from six to nine. 
Since arriving at Jupiter on July 4, 2016, Juno has been on a mission of exploration where it soars low over the planet's cloud tops -- as close as about 2,100 miles (3,400 km). During these flybys, Juno is probing beneath the cloud cover of Jupiter and studying its auroras to learn more about the planet's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere. 
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/ Seán Doran 
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One of eight massive rotating storms that appear as white ovals, christened the "String of Pearls," was recently captured on Oct. 24 in this stunning Juno spacecraft image of Jupiter. It shows the southern hemisphere of the gas giant planet. Since 1986, these colossal white ovals have varied in number from six to nine. Since arriving at Jupiter on July 4, 2016, Juno has been on a mission of exploration where it soars low over the planet's cloud tops -- as close as about 2,100 miles (3,400 km). During these flybys, Juno is probing beneath the cloud cover of Jupiter and studying its auroras to learn more about the planet's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/ Seán Doran #nasa #space #jupiter #juno #spacecraft #storm #planet #cloudscape #stringofpearls #solarsystem #astronomy #science

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nasa's Instagram Photo - What's up in the night skies this #November? On Nov. 13 and 14, early risers all around the world will have a chance to see #Venus and #Jupiter together before dawn. At their closest on Monday morning, they will be about half the diameter of the full moon from each other. 
This month, both Jupiter and Venus rise above the eastern horizon about an hour before the sun rises. You should be able to see the two planets about 5 degrees above the horizon a half hour later (5 degrees can be measured by holding three fingers of your outstretched hand to the horizon). Venus will be to the lower right of Jupiter on Monday, when they will be less than one finger length apart, and farther below Jupiter on the Tuesday. 
Look with your binoculars, but take care not to aim on the horizon at the rising sun because you will damage your eyes. On Thursday, the moon will be visible above Jupiter in the dawn sky. A conjunction occurs when the apparent motion of one or both of two planets brings them into apparent proximity. In reality, since conjunctions are only from our perspective here on Earth, the objects are never really close to each other physically. You can make a conjunction by holding up your thumb near the moon in the sky: They look close together, but are really far apart. 
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What's up in the night skies this #November? On Nov. 13 and 14, early risers all around the world will have a chance to see #venusand #Jupiter together before dawn. At their closest on Monday morning, they will be about half the diameter of the full moon from each other. This month, both Jupiter and Venus rise above the eastern horizon about an hour before the sun rises. You should be able to see the two planets about 5 degrees above the horizon a half hour later (5 degrees can be measured by holding three fingers of your outstretched hand to the horizon). Venus will be to the lower right of Jupiter on Monday, when they will be less than one finger length apart, and farther below Jupiter on the Tuesday. Look with your binoculars, but take care not to aim on the horizon at the rising sun because you will damage your eyes. On Thursday, the moon will be visible above Jupiter in the dawn sky. A conjunction occurs when the apparent motion of one or both of two planets brings them into apparent proximity. In reality, since conjunctions are only from our perspective here on Earth, the objects are never really close to each other physically. You can make a conjunction by holding up your thumb near the moon in the sky: They look close together, but are really far apart. Credit: NASA/JPL #astronomy #fun #free #night #sky #planets #stars #moon #nasa #jpl #whatsup #science #video #nightsky #stargazing #space #jupiter #venus

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nasa's Instagram Photo - LIFT OFF! The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, launches from Pad-0A at 7:19 a.m. EST on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 from our Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station (@ISS), set to rendezvous in two days. 
This eighth cargo resupply mission by Orbital ATK (@Orbital_ATK) to the International Space Station will deliver approximately 7,400 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbiting laboratory and its crew. 
Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
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LIFT OFF! The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, launches from Pad-0A at 7:19 a.m. EST on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 from our Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station (@ISS), set to rendezvous in two days. This eighth cargo resupply mission by Orbital ATK (@Orbital_ATK) to the International Space Station will deliver approximately 7,400 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbiting laboratory and its crew. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls #nasa #space #rocket #rocketlaunch #launch #wallops #orbitalatk #cygnus #antares #nasawallops #wff

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nasa's Instagram Photo - 'Twas the night before launch... Tomorrow morning at 7:37 a.m. EST, Orbital ATK (@OrbitalATK) will launch its Cygnus spacecraft into orbit to the International Space Station (@ISS) from our Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. 
This launch will deliver approximately 7,400 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew. Live NASA TV coverage and commentary will begin at 7 a.m. EST on our website at www.nasa.gov/live.

The launch window is open for about five minutes, while the journey from launch to orbit takes about nine minutes. Cygnus is then scheduled to rendezvous with the International Space Station on Nov. 13.

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'Twas the night before launch... Tomorrow morning at 7:37 a.m. EST, Orbital ATK (@OrbitalATK) will launch its Cygnus spacecraft into orbit to the International Space Station (@ISS) from our Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. This launch will deliver approximately 7,400 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew. Live NASA TV coverage and commentary will begin at 7 a.m. EST on our website at www.nasa.gov/live. The launch window is open for about five minutes, while the journey from launch to orbit takes about nine minutes. Cygnus is then scheduled to rendezvous with the International Space Station on Nov. 13. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls #NASA #rocket #launch #rocketlaunch #wallops #wff #iss #spacecraft #spacestation #cygnus #orbitalatk #science

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nasa's Instagram Photo - Throwback Thursday: On November 9, 1967, the uncrewed Apollo 4 test flight made a great ellipse around Earth as a test of the translunar motors and of the high speed entry required of a crewed flight returning from the Moon. A 70mm camera was programmed to look out a window toward Earth, and take a series of photographs from "high apogee." Seen looking west are coastal Brazil, the Atlantic Ocean, West Africa and Antarctica. This photograph was made as the Apollo 4 spacecraft orbited Earth at an altitude of 9,544 miles. 
The Saturn/Apollo 4 mission was the first all-up test of the three stage Saturn V rocket. It carried the Apollo Command and Service Module into Earth orbit. The mission was designed to test all aspects of the Saturn V launch vehicle and return pictures of Earth. The mission was deemed successful and ushered in a golden era of space travel. 
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Throwback Thursday: On November 9, 1967, the uncrewed Apollo 4 test flight made a great ellipse around Earth as a test of the translunar motors and of the high speed entry required of a crewed flight returning from the Moon. A 70mm camera was programmed to look out a window toward Earth, and take a series of photographs from "high apogee." Seen looking west are coastal Brazil, the Atlantic Ocean, West Africa and Antarctica. This photograph was made as the Apollo 4 spacecraft orbited Earth at an altitude of 9,544 miles. The Saturn/Apollo 4 mission was the first all-up test of the three stage Saturn V rocket. It carried the Apollo Command and Service Module into Earth orbit. The mission was designed to test all aspects of the Saturn V launch vehicle and return pictures of Earth. The mission was deemed successful and ushered in a golden era of space travel. Photo Credit: NASA #nasa #space #apollo #apollo4 #saturnV #earth #picoftheday #solarsystem #astronomy #50years #tbt #throwbackthursday #planet #bluemarble #homeworld

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nasa's Instagram Photo - Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus has geyser-like jets of water vapor that spew into space. Heat from friction could be their power-source, says a recent study that provided new insights into the warm interior of Saturn's geologically active moon.

Pictured here are the dramatic plumes, both large and small, that spray water ice out from many locations along the famed "tiger stripes" near the south pole of Enceladus. The tiger stripes are fissures that spray icy particles, water vapor and organic compounds. Individual jets of different sizes can be seen in this mosaic created from two high-resolution images that were captured by our Cassini spacecraft, when it flew past Enceladus and through the jets on Nov. 21, 2009. 
While the Cassini spacecraft is gone, an enormous collection of data about Saturn – the giant planet, its magnetosphere, rings and moons – will continue to yield new discoveries for decades to come.

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Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus has geyser-like jets of water vapor that spew into space. Heat from friction could be their power-source, says a recent study that provided new insights into the warm interior of Saturn's geologically active moon. Pictured here are the dramatic plumes, both large and small, that spray water ice out from many locations along the famed "tiger stripes" near the south pole of Enceladus. The tiger stripes are fissures that spray icy particles, water vapor and organic compounds. Individual jets of different sizes can be seen in this mosaic created from two high-resolution images that were captured by our Cassini spacecraft, when it flew past Enceladus and through the jets on Nov. 21, 2009. While the Cassini spacecraft is gone, an enormous collection of data about Saturn – the giant planet, its magnetosphere, rings and moons – will continue to yield new discoveries for decades to come. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute #nasa #space #saturn #cassini #spacecraft #enceladus #planets #solarsystem #astronomy #observe #science #picoftheday

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nasa's Instagram Photo - Jupiter’s intense northern and southern auroras present a pulsating polar puzzle to scientists, according to a new study using data from our Chandra X-ray and ESA's XMM-Newton observatories. Using these observations, a team of researchers produced maps of Jupiter's X-ray emissions and identified an X-ray hot spot at each pole that had very different characteristics. Swipe to see both poles of Jupiter.

The X-ray emission at Jupiter's south pole consistently pulsed every 11 minutes, but the X-rays seen from the north pole were erratic, increasing and decreasing in brightness — seemingly independent of the emission from the south pole. Each hot spot can cover an area equal to about half the surface of the Earth.

This makes Jupiter particularly puzzling. X-ray auroras have never been detected from our Solar System's other gas giants, including Saturn. Jupiter is also unlike Earth, where the auroras on our planet's north and south poles generally mirror each other because the magnetic fields are similar.

Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/UCL/W.Dunn et al, Optical: South Pole: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt /Seán Doran; North Pole: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS 
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Jupiter’s intense northern and southern auroras present a pulsating polar puzzle to scientists, according to a new study using data from our Chandra X-ray and ESA's XMM-Newton observatories. Using these observations, a team of researchers produced maps of Jupiter's X-ray emissions and identified an X-ray hot spot at each pole that had very different characteristics. Swipe to see both poles of Jupiter. The X-ray emission at Jupiter's south pole consistently pulsed every 11 minutes, but the X-rays seen from the north pole were erratic, increasing and decreasing in brightness — seemingly independent of the emission from the south pole. Each hot spot can cover an area equal to about half the surface of the Earth. This makes Jupiter particularly puzzling. X-ray auroras have never been detected from our Solar System's other gas giants, including Saturn. Jupiter is also unlike Earth, where the auroras on our planet's north and south poles generally mirror each other because the magnetic fields are similar. Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/UCL/W.Dunn et al, Optical: South Pole: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt /Seán Doran; North Pole: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS #nasa #space #jupiter #chandra #xmmnewton #xray #aurora #juno #spacecraft #storm #planet #polar #cloudscape #picoftheday #solarsystem #astronomy #science

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