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Tonight's Sky: November 2017 | HubbleSite
In November the northern hemisphere is treated to views of Pisces, Aries, Triangulum, and the Leonid Meteor Shower.

"Tonight's Sky" is produced by HubbleSite.org, online home of the Hubble Space Telescope: http://HubbleSite.org

Credit: HubbleSite.org
Duration: 5 minutes
Release Date: October 25, 2017

+American Astronomical Society

#NASA #Hubble #Astronomy #Science #Space #Skywatching #Planet #Saturn #Mars #Venus #Jupiter #Meteor #MeteorShower #Comet #SolarSystem #Stars #Star #Galaxy #MilkyWay #Constellations #Cosmos #Universe #Binoculars #Telescopes #STEM #Education #HD #Video

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Skywatching: What's Up for November 2017 | NASA/JPL
Catch planet pairs and watch the moon pass stellar superstars! See Jupiter and Venus at dawn, the Moon shine near star clusters, and meteor activity all month long. For more astronomy events near you, check out:
https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/

Credit: NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Duration: 2 minutes, 39 seconds
Release Date: November 1, 2017

+Jane Houston Jones

#NASA #Astronomy #Science #Space #Stars #Moon #Meteor #MeteorShower #Asteroid #Planets #Jupiter #Venus #Earth #MilkyWay #Galaxy #SolarSystem #Skywatching #Stars #StarClusters #Comet #Binoculars #JPL #Pasadena #California #UnitedStates #STEM #Education #HD #Video

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Earth: The Sound (& Visions) of Silence
“Sharing the incomparable silent beauty of our planet with all our fellow travelers on this, our Spaceship Earth.”
—Cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy, ESA Astronaut Paolo Nespoli and U.S. Astronaut Randy Bresnik

“Our thanks to Mr. Paul Simon and Disturbed.”

“Our thanks to all the people within the partnership of the International Space Station who show us daily what heights we can achieve together.”

“The Sound of Silence” Written by Paul Simon. SONGS OF UNIVERSAL, INC. on behalf of PAUL SIMON MUSIC. Performed by Disturbed. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records.

Captured by astronauts Sergey Ryazanskiy, Paolo Nespoli, and Commander Randy Bresnik, the video features stunning footage of Earth and outer space from the International Space Station in low-earth orbit during the months of August through October in 2017.

For more on the International Space Station, visit: www.nasa.gov/station

Credit: NASA's Johnson Space Center
Duration: 4 minutes, 43 seconds
Release Date: October 27, 2017

+Paolo Nespoli

#NASA #ISS #Earth #Science #EarthObservation #Astronaut #RandyBresnik #PaoloNespoli #FlightEngineer #Italy #Europe #UnitedStates #Cosmonaut #SergeyRyazanskiy #космонавт #Роскосмос #Roscosmos #Russia #Россия #Human #Spaceflight #Expedition53 #JSC #STEM #Education #HD #4K #UltraHD #Video

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Antares & The Milky Way | ESO

Brilliant blue stars litter the southern sky and the galactic bulge of our home galaxy, the Milky Way, hangs serenely above the horizon in this spectacular shot of ESO’s Paranal Observatory.

This image was taken atop Cerro Paranal in Chile, home to ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT). In the foreground, the open dome of one of the four 1.8-meter Auxiliary Telescopes can be seen. The four Auxiliary Telescopes can be utilized together, to form the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI).

The plane of the Milky Way is dotted with bright regions of hot gas. The very bright star towards the upper left corner of the frame is Antares—the brightest star in Scorpius and the fifteenth brightest star in the night sky.

Credit: ESO/B. Tafreshi (twanight.org)
Release Date: October 30, 2017

+Babak Tafreshi
+European Southern Observatory (ESO)

#ESO #Astronomy #Science #Space #Galaxy #MilkyWay #Antares #Cosmos #Universe #Paranal #Observatory #CerroParanal #Chile #SouthAmerica #Astrophotography #Photography #STEM #Education
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Abell’s richest cluster | Hubble Space Telescope
The Universe contains some truly massive objects. Although we are still unsure how such gigantic things come to be, the current leading theory is known as hierarchical clustering, whereby small clumps of matter collide and merge to grow ever larger. The 14-billion-year history of the Universe has seen the formation of some enormous cosmic structures, including galaxy groups, clusters, and superclusters—the largest known structures in the cosmos!

This particular cluster is called Abell 665. It was named after its discoverer, George O. Abell, who included it in his seminal 1958 cluster catalog. Abell 665 is located in the well-known northern constellation of Ursa Major (The Great Bear). This incredible image combines visible and infrared light gathered by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope using two of its cameras: the Advanced Camera for Surveys and the Wide Field Camera 3.

Abell 665 is the only galaxy cluster in Abell’s entire catalog to be given a richness class of 5, indicating that the cluster contains at least 300 individual galaxies. Because of this richness, the cluster has been studied extensively at all wavelengths, resulting in a number of fascinating discoveries—among other research, Abell 665 has been found to host a giant radio halo, powerful shockwaves, and has been used to calculate an updated value for the Hubble constant (a measure of how fast the Universe is expanding).

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA
Release Date: October 30, 2017

#NASA #Hubble #Astronomy #Science #Space #Abell665 #Cluster #Cosmos #Universe #UrsaMajor #Telescope #ESA #Goddard #GSFC #STScI #STEM #Education
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Here Comes The Sun | International Space Station

Cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy: "We see 16 sunsets every day, here's just one of them // Так выглядел один из 16 уникальных закатов, которые наш экипаж наблюдает за сутки."

Credit: Roscosmos, Cosmonaut Сергей Рязанский‏
Release Date: October 23, 2017

#NASA #ISS #Earth #Science #Sun #Sunshine #Sunset #EarthObservation #Cosmonaut #FlightEngineer #SergeyRyazanskiy #космонавт #Роскосмос #Roscosmos #Russia #Россия #Human #Spaceflight #Expedition53 #UnitedStates #JSC #STEM #Education
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Aurora in the Clouds

Alan: "A bright aurora shining through clouds during a brief sub-storm, with red curtains colouring the sky."

Credit: Alan Dyer
Location: Alberta, Canada
Image Date: October 14, 2017

+Travel Alberta

Technical details: Sigma 14mm Art lens at f/2 and Nikon D750 at ISO 3200 for 10 seconds

#Earth #Astronomy #Science #Space #Aurora #Borealis #NorthernLights #Atmosphere #Clouds #Panorama #Astrophotography #Photography #Alberta #Canada #Art #STEM #Education
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Inside NASA's Kennedy Space Center for Oct. 20, 2017
The Kennedy Space Center recently took further steps in NASA's efforts to send humans beyond low-Earth orbit as the core stage inter-tank umbilical, or CSITU, was lifted to the mobile launcher for a fit check. The mobile launcher's crew access arm also was transported from Precision Fabricating and Cleaning in Cocoa, Florida, to the center.

Credit: NASA's Kennedy Space Center
Duration: 1 minute, 40 seconds
Release Date: October 20, 2017

+Nasa Orion
+NASA Kennedy

#NASA #Space #Science #Kennedy #KSC #Spaceport #CSITU #ISS #Earth #MerrittIsland #Florida #UnitedStates #STEM #Education #HD #Video

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Cosmic archaeology: A galaxy cluster | Hubble
This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image is chock-full of galaxies—each glowing speck is a different galaxy, bar the bright flash in the middle of the image which is actually a star lying within our own galaxy that just happened to be in the way. At the center of the image lies something especially interesting, the center of the massive galaxy cluster called WHL J24.3324-8.477, including the brightest galaxy of the cluster.

The Universe contains structures on various scales—planets collect around stars, stars collect into galaxies, galaxies collect into groups, and galaxy groups collect into clusters. Galaxy clusters contain hundreds to thousands of galaxies bound together by gravity. Dark matter and dark energy play key roles in the formation and evolution of these clusters, so studying massive galaxy clusters can help scientists to unravel the mysteries of these elusive phenomena.

This infrared image was taken by Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys and Wide-Field Camera 3 as part of an observing program called RELICS (Reionization Lensing Cluster Survey). RELICS imaged 41 massive galaxy clusters with the aim of finding the brightest distant galaxies for the forthcoming NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to study. Such research will tell us more about our cosmic origins.

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA
Release Date: October 23, 2017

#NASA #Hubble #Science #Space #Galaxy #Galaxies #GalaxyCluster #WHLJ2433248477 #Cetus #Cosmos #Universe #Telescope #ESA #Goddard #GSFC #STEM #Education
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Saturn's Grandeur | NASA Cassini Mission

The Cassini mission was a cooperative project of NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency) and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of Caltech in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit: https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov and https://www.nasa.gov/cassini.
The Cassini imaging team homepage is at https://ciclops.org.

Technical details:
Processed using RGB filtered images of Saturn taken by Cassini on March 23, 2016.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Kevin M. Gill
Image Date: March 23, 2016

#NASA #Astronomy #Science #Space #Saturn #Planet #Rings #SolarSystem #Exploration #Cassini #Spacecraft #GrandFinale #JPL #Caltech #Pasadena #California #UnitedStates #ESA #ASI #STEM #Education
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