Planet Earth from Orion

APOD: 2022 November 17 - Planet Earth from Orion Discover the cosmos!Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe isfeatured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2022 November 17 Planet Earth from Orion Image Credit:NASA,Artemis 1 Explanation: A Space Launch System rocket left planet Earthon Wednesday, November 16 at 1:47am EST carrying the Orion spacecraft on theArtemis 1 mission, the first integrated test of NASA’s deep spaceexploration systems.Over an hour afterliftoff fromKennedy Space Center'shistoricLaunch Complex 39B,one of Orion'sexternal video camerascaptured this view of its new perspectivefrom space.In the foreground are Orion's Orbital Maneuvering System engineand auxillary engines,at the bottom of the European Service Module.Beyond one of the module's 7-meter long extended solar array wingslies the spacecraft'sbeautiful home world.The Artemis 1 missionwill last almost four weeks,testing capabilities to enable human exploration of the Moon and Mars.The uncrewed Orion spacecraft isexpected to fly by the Moonon November 21, performing a close approach to thelunar surface on its way to aretrograde orbit 70,000 kilometers beyond the Moon.   Tomorrow's picture: the protostar within <| Archive| Submissions | Index| Search| Calendar| RSS| Education| About APOD| Discuss| > Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff(MTU) &Jerry Bonnell (UMCP)NASA Official: Phillip NewmanSpecific rights...

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The Protostar within L1527

Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos!Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe isfeatured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2022 November 18 The Protostar within L1527 Image Credit:Science -NASA,ESA,CSA,STScI,NIRCamProcessing - Joseph DePasquale (STScI), Anton M. Koekemoer(STScI), Alyssa Pagan (STScI) Explanation: The protostar withindark cloud L1527 is a mere 100,000 years old,still embedded in the cloud of gas and dust that feeds its growth.In this NIRCam image from the James Webb Space Telescope,the dark band at the neck of the infrared nebulais a thick disk that surrounds theyoung stellar object. Viewed nearly edge-on and a little larger than our Solar System,the disk ultimately supplies material to theprotostar whilehiding it from Webb's direct infrared view.The nebula itself is seen in stunning detail though.Illuminated by infrared light from the protostar,the hourglass-shaped nebula's cavities arecreated asmaterial ejectedin the star-forming process plows through the surrounding medium.As the protostar gains mass it will eventually become a full-fledgedstar, collapsing and igniting nuclear fusion in its core.A likely analog to our own Sun and Solar System in their early infancy,the protostar within dark cloud L1527 lies some 460 light-years distantin the Taurus star-forming region.Webb's NIRCam imagespans about 0.3 light-years....

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In the Arms of NGC 1097

APOD: 2022 November 16 - In the Arms of NGC 1097 Discover the cosmos!Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe isfeatured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2022 November 16 In the Arms of NGC 1097 Image Credit &Copyright: Mike Selby,Mark Hanson Explanation: Spiral galaxy NGC 1097shines in southern skies, about45 million light-years away in the heated constellationFornax.Its blue spiral arms are mottled with pinkish star forming regions inthis colorful galaxy portrait.They seem to have wrapped around a small companion galaxy above andright of center, about 40,000 light-years from the spiral's luminous core.That's not NGC 1097's only peculiar feature, though.This very deep exposure hints of faint,mysterious jets, seen to extend well beyond the bluish arms.In fact, four faint jets are ultimatelyrecognizedin optical images of NGC 1097.The jetstrace an X centered on the galaxy's nucleus, but probably don'toriginate there.Instead, they could be fossil star streams,trails left over from thecapture and disruption of a much smaller galaxy in thelarge spiral's ancient past.A Seyfertgalaxy, NGC 1097's nucleus also harbors asupermassive black hole. Tomorrow's picture: pixels in space <| Archive| Submissions | Index| Search| Calendar| RSS| Education| About APOD| Discuss| > Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff(MTU) &Jerry...

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Planet Earth from Orion

Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos!Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe isfeatured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2022 November 17 Planet Earth from Orion Image Credit:NASA,Artemis 1 Explanation: A Space Launch System rocket left planet Earthon Wednesday, November 16 at 1:47am EST carrying the Orion spacecraft on theArtemis 1 mission, the first integrated test of NASA’s deep spaceexploration systems.Over an hour afterliftoff fromKennedy Space Center'shistoricLaunch Complex 39B,one of Orion'sexternal video camerascaptured this view of its new perspectivefrom space.In the foreground are Orion's Orbital Maneuvering System engineand auxillary engines,at the bottom of the European Service Module.Beyond one of the module's 7-meter long extended solar array wingslies the spacecraft'sbeautiful home world.The Artemis 1 missionwill last almost four weeks,testing capabilities to enable human exploration of the Moon and Mars.The uncrewed Orion spacecraft isexpected to fly by the Moonon November 21, performing a close approach to thelunar surface on its way to aretrograde orbit 70,000 kilometers beyond the Moon.   Tomorrow's picture: the protostar within <| Archive| Submissions | Index| Search| Calendar| RSS| Education| About APOD| Discuss| > Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff(MTU) &Jerry Bonnell (UMCP)NASA Official: Phillip NewmanSpecific rights apply.NASA WebPrivacy Policy and...

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Wolfs Cave Nebula

APOD: 2022 November 15 - Wolfs Cave Nebula Discover the cosmos!Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe isfeatured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2022 November 15 Wolf's Cave Nebula Image Credit & Copyright: Gianni Lacroce Explanation: The mysterious blue reflection nebula found in catalogs as VdB 152 or Ced 201 really is very faint.It lies at the tip of the longdark nebula Barnard 175 in adusty complex that has also been calledWolf's Cave.At the center of this deep telescopic view, the cosmic apparitions are nearly 1,400 light-years away along the northern Milky Wayin the royal constellation Cepheus.Interstellar dust in the region blocks light frombackground stars and scatters light from the embedded bright star,giving the end nebula its characteristic blue color.Though stars do form inmolecular clouds, this starseems to have only accidentally wanderedinto the area, as its measured velocity throughspace is very different from the cloud's velocity.At the image bottom is the planetary nebula Dengel-Hartl 5, whilered glowing gas from an ancient supernova remnant is also visible along the image's right side. Tomorrow's picture: open space <| Archive| Submissions | Index| Search| Calendar| RSS| Education| About APOD| Discuss| > Authors & editors: Robert...

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In the Arms of NGC 1097

Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos!Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe isfeatured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2022 November 16 In the Arms of NGC 1097 Image Credit &Copyright: Mike Selby,Mark Hanson Explanation: Spiral galaxy NGC 1097shines in southern skies, about45 million light-years away in the heated constellationFornax.Its blue spiral arms are mottled with pinkish star forming regions inthis colorful galaxy portrait.They seem to have wrapped around a small companion galaxy above andright of center, about 40,000 light-years from the spiral's luminous core.That's not NGC 1097's only peculiar feature, though.This very deep exposure hints of faint,mysterious jets, seen to extend well beyond the bluish arms.In fact, four faint jets are ultimatelyrecognizedin optical images of NGC 1097.The jetstrace an X centered on the galaxy's nucleus, but probably don'toriginate there.Instead, they could be fossil star streams,trails left over from thecapture and disruption of a much smaller galaxy in thelarge spiral's ancient past.A Seyfertgalaxy, NGC 1097's nucleus also harbors asupermassive black hole. Tomorrow's picture: pixels in space <| Archive| Submissions | Index| Search| Calendar| RSS| Education| About APOD| Discuss| > Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff(MTU) &Jerry Bonnell (UMCP)NASA Official: Phillip NewmanSpecific rights...

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NGC 7380: The Wizard Nebula

APOD: 2022 November 14 - NGC 7380: The Wizard Nebula Discover the cosmos!Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe isfeatured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2022 November 14 NGC 7380: The Wizard Nebula Image Credit & Copyright: Ioan Popa Explanation: What powers are being wielded in the Wizard Nebula? Gravitation strong enough to form stars, and stellar winds and radiations powerful enough to create and dissolve towers of gas. Located only 8,000 light years away, the Wizard nebula, featured here, surrounds developing open star cluster NGC 7380. Visually, the interplay of stars, gas, and dust has created a shape that appears to some like a fictional medieval sorcerer. The active star forming region spans 100 about light years, making it appear larger than the angular extent of the Moon. The Wizard Nebula can be located with a small telescope toward the constellation of the King of Aethiopia (Cepheus). Although the nebula may last only a few million years, some of the stars being formed may outlive our Sun. Tomorrow's picture: in wolf's cave <| Archive| Submissions | Index| Search| Calendar| RSS| Education| About APOD| Discuss| > Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff(MTU) &Jerry...

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Wolfs Cave Nebula

Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos!Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe isfeatured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2022 November 15 Wolf's Cave Nebula Image Credit & Copyright: Gianni Lacroce Explanation: The mysterious blue reflection nebula found in catalogs as VdB 152 or Ced 201 really is very faint.It lies at the tip of the longdark nebula Barnard 175 in adusty complex that has also been calledWolf's Cave.At the center of this deep telescopic view, the cosmic apparitions are nearly 1,400 light-years away along the northern Milky Wayin the royal constellation Cepheus.Interstellar dust in the region blocks light frombackground stars and scatters light from the embedded bright star,giving the end nebula its characteristic blue color.Though stars do form inmolecular clouds, this starseems to have only accidentally wanderedinto the area, as its measured velocity throughspace is very different from the cloud's velocity.At the image bottom is the planetary nebula Dengel-Hartl 5, whilered glowing gas from an ancient supernova remnant is also visible along the image's right side. Tomorrow's picture: open space <| Archive| Submissions | Index| Search| Calendar| RSS| Education| About APOD| Discuss| > Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff(MTU) &Jerry Bonnell...

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Flying Saucer Crash Lands in Utah Desert

APOD: 2022 November 13 - Flying Saucer Crash Lands in Utah Desert Discover the cosmos!Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe isfeatured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2022 November 13 Flying Saucer Crash Lands in Utah Desert Image Credit: USAF 388th Range Sqd., Genesis Mission, NASA Explanation: A flying saucer from outer space crash-landed in the Utah desert after being tracked by radar and chased by helicopters. The year was 2004, and no space aliens were involved. The saucer, pictured here, was the Genesis sample return capsule, part of a human-made robotGenesis spaceship launched in 2001 by NASA itself to study the Sun. The unexpectedlyhard landingat over 300 kilometers per hour occurred because theparachutes did not open as planned. The Genesis mission had been orbiting theSun collectingsolar wind particles that areusually deflected away byEarth's magnetic field.Despite the crash landing, many return samples remained in good enough condition to analyze.So far, Genesis-related discoveries include new details about thecomposition of theSun and how the abundance of some types of elements differ across the Solar System.These results have provided intriguing clues into details of how the Sun and planets formed billions of years ago. Tomorrow's...

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NGC 7380: The Wizard Nebula

Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos!Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe isfeatured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2022 November 14 NGC 7380: The Wizard Nebula Image Credit & Copyright: Ioan Popa Explanation: What powers are being wielded in the Wizard Nebula? Gravitation strong enough to form stars, and stellar winds and radiations powerful enough to create and dissolve towers of gas. Located only 8,000 light years away, the Wizard nebula, featured here, surrounds developing open star cluster NGC 7380. Visually, the interplay of stars, gas, and dust has created a shape that appears to some like a fictional medieval sorcerer. The active star forming region spans 100 about light years, making it appear larger than the angular extent of the Moon. The Wizard Nebula can be located with a small telescope toward the constellation of the King of Aethiopia (Cepheus). Although the nebula may last only a few million years, some of the stars being formed may outlive our Sun. Tomorrow's picture: in wolf's cave <| Archive| Submissions | Index| Search| Calendar| RSS| Education| About APOD| Discuss| > Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff(MTU) &Jerry Bonnell (UMCP)NASA Official: Phillip NewmanSpecific...

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Eclipse in the City

APOD: 2022 November 12 - Eclipse in the City Discover the cosmos!Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe isfeatured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2022 November 12 Eclipse in the City Image Credit &Copyright: Stan Honda Explanation: A darker Moon sets over Manhattan in this night skyscape.The 16 frame composite was assembled from consecutiveexposures recorded during theNovember 8 total lunar eclipse.In the timelapse sequence stars leave short trails above theurban skyline,while the Moon remains immersedin Earth's shadow.But the International Space Station was just emergingfrom the shadowinto the sunlit portion of its low Earth orbit.As seen fromNew York City, the visible streak of this ISS flyover startsnear a star in Taurus and tracks right to left,through the belt of Orion and over Sirius, alpha star of Canis Major.Gaps along the bright trail of the fast moving orbital outpost(and an aircraft flying closer to the horizon)mark the time between individual exposures in the sequence.The trail of bright planet Mars is at the top of the frame.Pleiadesstar cluster trails are high over the eclipsed Moon andEmpire State Building. Lunar Eclipse of November 2022: Notable Submissions to APOD Love Eclipses? (US): Apply to become a NASA...

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Flying Saucer Crash Lands in Utah Desert

Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos!Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe isfeatured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2022 November 13 Flying Saucer Crash Lands in Utah Desert Image Credit: USAF 388th Range Sqd., Genesis Mission, NASA Explanation: A flying saucer from outer space crash-landed in the Utah desert after being tracked by radar and chased by helicopters. The year was 2004, and no space aliens were involved. The saucer, pictured here, was the Genesis sample return capsule, part of a human-made robotGenesis spaceship launched in 2001 by NASA itself to study the Sun. The unexpectedlyhard landingat over 300 kilometers per hour occurred because theparachutes did not open as planned. The Genesis mission had been orbiting theSun collectingsolar wind particles that areusually deflected away byEarth's magnetic field.Despite the crash landing, many return samples remained in good enough condition to analyze.So far, Genesis-related discoveries include new details about thecomposition of theSun and how the abundance of some types of elements differ across the Solar System.These results have provided intriguing clues into details of how the Sun and planets formed billions of years ago. Tomorrow's picture: sky wizard <| Archive| Submissions |...

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Blood Moon, Ice Giant

APOD: 2022 November 11 - Blood Moon, Ice Giant Discover the cosmos!Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe isfeatured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2022 November 11 Blood Moon, Ice Giant Image Credit &Copyright: Ryan Han Explanation: On November 8 the Full Moonturned blood red as it slid through Earth'sshadow in a beautiful total lunar eclipse.During totalityit also passed in front of, orocculted, outer planet Uranusfor eclipse viewers located in parts of northern America and Asia.For a close-up and wider viewthese two images were taken just before the occultation began,captured with different telescopes and camerasfrom the same roof top in Shanghai, China.Normally very faint compared to a Full Moon, the tiny,pale, greenish disk of thedistant ice giantis just to the left of the Moon's edge and aboutto disappear behind the darkened, red lunar limb.Though only visible from certain locations across planet Earth,lunar occultations of planets arefairly common.But for this rare "lunar eclipse occultation" to take place,at the time of the total eclipse the outer planet had to be both atopposition and very near the ecliptic plane tofall in line with Sun, Earth, and Moon. Lunar Eclipse of November 2022: Notable Submissions to...

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Eclipse in the City

Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos!Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe isfeatured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2022 November 12 Eclipse in the City Image Credit &Copyright: Stan Honda Explanation: A darker Moon sets over Manhattan in this night skyscape.The 16 frame composite was assembled from consecutiveexposures recorded during theNovember 8 total lunar eclipse.In the timelapse sequence stars leave short trails above theurban skyline,while the Moon remains immersedin Earth's shadow.But the International Space Station was just emergingfrom the shadowinto the sunlit portion of its low Earth orbit.As seen fromNew York City, the visible streak of this ISS flyover startsnear a star in Taurus and tracks right to left,through the belt of Orion and over Sirius, alpha star of Canis Major.Gaps along the bright trail of the fast moving orbital outpost(and an aircraft flying closer to the horizon)mark the time between individual exposures in the sequence.The trail of bright planet Mars is at the top of the frame.Pleiadesstar cluster trails are high over the eclipsed Moon andEmpire State Building. Lunar Eclipse of November 2022: Notable Submissions to APOD Love Eclipses? (US): Apply to become a NASA Partner Eclipse Ambassador Tomorrow's...

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Total Lunar Eclipse

APOD: 2022 November 10 - Total Lunar Eclipse Discover the cosmos!Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe isfeatured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2022 November 10 Total Lunar Eclipse Image Credit: KPNO / NOIRLab /NSF /AURA / Petr Horalek(Institute of Physics in Opava) Explanation: The beginning, middle, and endof a journey through planet Earth's colorfulumbral shadowis captured in this timelapse composite image of atotal lunar eclipse.Taken onNovember 8from Kitt Peak National Observatorythis eclipse's 1 hour and 25 minute long total phase starts on the right and finishes on the left.Reddened sunlight, scattered into the central shadow by Earth'sdusty atmosphere produces thedramatic dark red hues reflected by the lunar disk.For this eclipse, additional reddening is likely due to scatteringfrom ash lingering in the atmosphere after a largevolcanic eruption in the southern Pacificearlier this year.Seen at the right and left, the Earth's shadow is still lighteralong its edge though.That faint bluish fringealong the lunar limb is colored bysunlight filtered through Earth's stratosphericozone layer. Lunar Eclipse of November 2022: Notable Submissions to APOD Love Eclipses? (US): Apply to become a NASA Partner Eclipse Ambassador Tomorrow's picture: ice giant, red moon <| Archive| Submissions | Index|...

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