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NASA’s SLS (Space Launch System) Resource Reel – June 2024

By |2024-07-08T17:09:27-04:00July 8th, 2024|Categories: NASA News, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This resource reel shows major milestones for NASA’s mega Moon rocket, the SLS (Space Launch System) from fall 2023 through early 2024. Teams across the country are manufacturing, building, and preparing hardware for SLS rockets that will power the first crewed Artemis missions with Artemis II and III and the first flights of SLS in [...]

M83: Star Streams and a Thousand Rubies

By |2024-07-03T09:09:07-04:00July 3rd, 2024|Categories: NASA News, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Photo of the Day Big, bright, and beautiful, spiral galaxy M83 lies a mere twelve million light-years away, near the southeastern tip of the very long constellation Hydra. About 40,000 light-years across, M83 is known as the Southern Pinwheel for its pronounced spiral arms. But the wealth of reddish star forming regions found near [...]

Timelapse: Aurora, SAR, and the Milky Way

By |2024-06-26T09:09:14-04:00June 26th, 2024|Categories: NASA News, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Photo of the Day What's happening in the sky this unusual night? Most striking in the featured 4.5-hour 360-degree panoramic video, perhaps, is the pink and purple aurora. That's because this night, encompassing May 11, was famous for its auroral skies around the world. As the night progresses, auroral bands shimmer, the central band [...]

JADES-GS-z14-0: A New Farthest Object

By |2024-06-24T09:09:19-04:00June 24th, 2024|Categories: NASA News, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Photo of the Day What if we could see back to the beginning of the universe? We could see galaxies forming. But what did galaxies look like back then? These questions took a step forward recently with the release of the analysis of a James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) image that included the most [...]

The Colors of Saturn from Cassini

By |2024-06-23T09:09:11-04:00June 23rd, 2024|Categories: NASA News, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Photo of the Day What creates Saturn's colors? The featured picture of Saturn only slightly exaggerates what a human would see if hovering close to the giant ringed world. The image was taken in 2005 by the robot Cassini spacecraft that orbited Saturn from 2004 to 2017. Here Saturn's majestic rings appear directly only [...]

Sandy and the Moon Halo

By |2024-06-20T09:09:35-04:00June 20th, 2024|Categories: NASA News, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Photo of the Day Last April's Full Moon shines through high clouds near the horizon, casting shadows in this garden-at-night skyscape. Along with canine sentinel Sandy watching the garden gate, the wide-angle snapshot also captured the bright Moon's 22 degree ice halo. But June's bright Full Moon will cast shadows too. This month, the [...]

Ou4: The Giant Squid Nebula

By |2024-06-17T09:09:27-04:00June 17th, 2024|Categories: NASA News, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Photo of the Day Squids on Earth aren't this big. This mysterious squid-like cosmic cloud spans nearly three full moons on planet Earth's sky. Discovered in 2011 by French astro-imager Nicolas Outters, the Squid Nebula's bipolar shape is distinguished here by the telltale blue emission from doubly ionized oxygen atoms. Though apparently surrounded by [...]

Animation: Black Hole Destroys Star

By |2024-06-16T09:09:11-04:00June 16th, 2024|Categories: NASA News, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Photo of the Day What happens if a star gets too close to a black hole? The black hole can rip it apart -- but how? It's not the high gravitational attraction itself that's the problem -- it's the difference in gravitational pull across the star that creates the destruction. In the featured animated [...]

Prominences and Filaments on the Active Sun

By |2024-06-15T09:09:19-04:00June 15th, 2024|Categories: NASA News, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Photo of the Day This colorized and sharpened image of the Sun is composed of frames recording emission from hydrogen atoms in the solar chromosphere on May 15. Approaching the maximum of solar cycle 25, a multitude of active regions and twisting, snake-like solar filaments are seen to sprawl across the surface of the [...]

Colorful Stars and Clouds near Rho Ophiuchi

By |2024-06-11T09:09:44-04:00June 11th, 2024|Categories: NASA News, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Photo of the Day Why is the sky near Antares and Rho Ophiuchi so colorful, yet dusty? The colors result from a mixture of objects and processes. Fine dust -- illuminated by starlight -- produces blue reflection nebulae. Gaseous clouds whose atoms are excited by ultraviolet starlight produce reddish emission nebulae. Backlit dust clouds [...]

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