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How do glaciers turn lakes turquoise? 
As large, active glaciers push through ro
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How do glaciers turn lakes turquoise? As large, active glaciers push through rocky valleys upstream, they "bulldoze" pulverized rock into fine particles that end up absorbing and scattering sunlight in ways that give lakes a striking blue-green color. Pictured here are lakes from New Zealand’s South Island that stand out for their distinctive turquoise color, as seen in this natural-color satellite image from Landsat 8. Credit: NASA/USGS #landsat#Earth#turquoise#lakes#newzealand#glaciers
25.05.2019 19:05:01
@NASAHubble caught a curious galaxy moving a little closer to us…⁣
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@NASAHubble caught a curious galaxy moving a little closer to us…⁣ ⁣ Because our universe is expanding, almost all of the galaxies we see in the universe are moving away from us. Messier 90, however, appears to be a rare exception.⁣ ⁣ The unusual staircase-like shape of this image is because the camera was made up of four different light detectors, one of which had a higher magnification than the others. In order to combine the images, the high-magnification image needed to be reduced in size.⁣ ⁣ Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, W. Sargent et al.⁣ ⁣ #NASA#Space#HubbleFriday#Galaxy
24.05.2019 15:26:37
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Nothing like the iridescent glint of the Irrawaddy Delta. 🌈⁣
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An astronaut onbo
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Nothing like the iridescent glint of the Irrawaddy Delta. 🌈⁣ ⁣ An astronaut onboard the @ISS captured this last February, focusing the camera on the 100 mile (160 kilometer) wide Irrawaddy river delta — the largest river in Burma (Myanmar) and one of the country’s most important transportation arteries. ⁣ Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #NASA#Space#Earth#Glint
23.05.2019 20:50:29
Earth is not the only planet that has extreme weather. Mercury, our smallest pla
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Earth is not the only planet that has extreme weather. Mercury, our smallest planetary neighbor, has very little to call an atmosphere — but it does have morning micro-meteor showers.⁣ ⁣ In order to study these micrometeoroids, scientists combined models with findings from the MESSENGER spacecraft — short for Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging, a mission that observed Mercury from 2011 to 2015. ⁣ ⁣ In this image, data from the Mercury Atmosphere and Surface Composition Spectrometer instrument is overlain on the mosaic from the Mercury Dual Imaging System.⁣ ⁣ Credits: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington⁣ ⁣ #Space#NASA#Mercury#Weather⁣
21.05.2019 21:15:53
Witness the chaotic clouds of Jupiter dancing to a turbulent tune. ☁️☁️☁️ ⁣
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Witness the chaotic clouds of Jupiter dancing to a turbulent tune. ☁️☁️☁️ ⁣ ⁣ Our @NASAJuno spacecraft took this color-enhanced image as the spacecraft performed its 13th close flyby of Jupiter in May 2018.The darker cloud material is deeper in Jupiter’s atmosphere, while bright cloud material is high. The composition of these bright clouds are most likely ammonia or ammonia and water, mixed with a sprinkling of unknown chemical ingredients. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt /Seán Doran⁣ ⁣ #NASA#Jupiter#SolarSystem#Storms
20.05.2019 17:09:58
Marvel at the beauty of our home planet! 😍 This view of the Earth from 36,000 na
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Marvel at the beauty of our home planet! 😍 This view of the Earth from 36,000 nautical miles away was photographed from our Apollo 10 spacecraft on May 18, 1969 during our trans-lunar journey toward the Moon. The mission objectives were to rehearse all the steps and reproduce all the events of the Apollo 11, the first lunar landing mission, with the exception of the lunar touchdown, stay and liftoff. #BlastFromThePast#Vintage#Home#NASA
19.05.2019 17:34:00
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Oh, don’t worry about the Moon, it’s just going through a phase. 🌕🌖🌗🌘🌚⁣
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Oh, don’t worry about the Moon, it’s just going through a phase. 🌕🌖🌗🌘🌚⁣ ⁣ Every 29 days our Moon turns over a new leaf, and tonight you’re going to see a very special one of its faces. Appearing opposite the Sun at 5:11 p.m. EDT, you’ll find a Blue Moon! Though the Moon won’t actually look blue, the site of one is kind of rare. They occur on average about every two-and-a-half years when a season ends up having four full moons instead of three. ⁣ ⁣ Look up and don’t miss a Moon even Sinatra couldn't help but sing about. ⁣ ⁣ #NASA#BlueMoon#FrankSinatra#FullMoon#RareSight⁣#Moon
18.05.2019 21:05:06
@NASAHubble spies with its little eye… an irregular galaxy when passing by! 🔎🌀⁣
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@NASAHubble spies with its little eye… an irregular galaxy when passing by! 🔎🌀⁣ ⁣ Earthlings, what you’re looking at is the evidence of two galaxies sideswiping each other millions of years ago, resulting in a galactic hit-and-run. 🚗💨 The gravitational tug-of-war between them created rippling patches of higher-density gas and dust within both galaxies. This activity triggered a flurry of star formation.⁣ ⁣ The right side of this galaxy is ablaze with star formation, shown in the plethora of young blue stars and star-incubating pinkish nebulas. 💗💙 This galaxy is a nearby example of the kind of cosmic bumper-car activity that was more common billions of years ago when the universe was smaller and galaxies were closer together. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #NASA#Pastels#Galaxy#Stars#HubbleSpaceTelescope#Universe#Nursery
16.05.2019 21:38:53
Our Moon, the only place beyond Earth that humans have ever set foot, cloaked in
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Our Moon, the only place beyond Earth that humans have ever set foot, cloaked in the calmness of space and captured by the crew aboard the International Space Station (@iss). ⁣💙 ⁣ On May 8, 2019, this waxing crescent moon was photographed just above Earth’s limb and the bluish hue of the atmosphere at the beginning of an orbital sunrise. You can see a portion of one of the International Space Station’s solar arrays in the left foreground of the image as the orbital lab flew 258 miles above the Sea of Japan. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #NASA#Moon#Space#Earth#Beauty
13.05.2019 17:39:59
Like a kaleidoscope of light, this ancient galaxy cluster shimmers into view. Am
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Like a kaleidoscope of light, this ancient galaxy cluster shimmers into view. Among the identified background objects, there is a galaxy thought to have emerged just 500 million years after the big bang — putting it among the very earliest structures to form in the universe. Thanks, @NASAHubble 😍 Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, I. Karachentsev et al., F. High et al. #HubbleFriday#Space#NASA#Galaxy#Kaleidoscope
11.05.2019 15:04:01
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There’s nothing quite like the first time. 🌟

No one knows for sure when the fir
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There’s nothing quite like the first time. 🌟 No one knows for sure when the first stars in our universe burst to life — but Spitzer Space Telescope has offered insight about the Epoch of Reionization, a major cosmic event that transformed the universe from being mostly opaque to the brilliant starscape we see today. This deep-field view of the sky taken by @NASAHubble and Spitzer space telescopes is dominated by galaxies — including some very faint, very distant ones. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/Spitzer/P. Oesch/S. De Barros/I.Labbe #NASA#Space#Astronomy#Cosmic#Universe
09.05.2019 23:13:28
It’s lit. 😎⁣
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The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) provides views of the Sun in
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It’s lit. 😎⁣ ⁣ The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) provides views of the Sun in detail never before possible. Launched on February 11, 2010, SDO provides ultra high-definition imagery of the Sun in 13 different wavelengths.⁣ ⁣ Each wavelength highlights a specific aspect of the Sun’s atmosphere, from the surface all the way to upper reaches of the corona. ⁣ ⁣ Scroll through these SDO images captured today to see which solar regions were lit!⁣ Find the regional description of your favorite shots below 👇 ⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #NASA#Sun#Science#Lit#Star#Details#Solar
08.05.2019 21:41:50
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