I can calculate the motions of the heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people

— Sir Isaac Newton

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Falcon Heavy Launch Close up

APOD - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 4:00am

Twenty seven Merlin rocket engines are firing in this


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Milky Way in Northern Spring

APOD - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 4:00am

Milky Way in Northern Spring


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The Leo Trio

APOD - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 4:00am

This group is popular in the northern spring.


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Messier 81

APOD - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 4:00am

One of the brightest galaxies in planet Earth's sky is similar in size


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In the Vicinity of the Cone Nebula

APOD - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 4:00am

Strange shapes and textures can be found in neighborhood


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Enhanced: The Dolphin Cloud on Jupiter

APOD - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 4:00am

Do you see the dolphin-shaped cloud on Jupiter?


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Spiral Aurora over Icelandic Divide

APOD - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 4:00am

Admire the beauty but fear the beast.


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Simulation: Two Black Holes Merge

APOD - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 12:00am

Sit back and watch two black holes merge.


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Rigil Kentaurus and Sandqvist 169

APOD - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 12:00am

Rigil Kentaurus and Sandqvist 169


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Behold the Southern Lights!

NASA Image of the Day - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 9:43am
As the International Space Station orbited 265 miles above the southern Indian Ocean about halfway between Madagascar and Antarctica, the crew snapped this image of the Aurora Australis.
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A Cosmic Rose: The Rosette Nebula in Monoceros

APOD - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 12:00am

The Rosette Nebula, NGC 2237, is not the only cosmic cloud of gas and dust to


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NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Social Media, Public Events

NASA - Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 2:15pm
This Earth Day, April 22, NASA invites you to celebrate our beautiful home planet by participating in a global social media event and local events around the country.
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NASA Hosts University Students to Discuss Future of Space Exploration

NASA - Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 11:06am
NASA is giving university students an opportunity to interact with agency leadership, including NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, as well as astronauts abroad the International Space Station, during a live event 2 p.m. EDT Monday, April 29, at the agency’s headquarters in Washington.
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Hubble Celebrates 29th Anniversary with a Colorful Look at the Southern Crab Nebula

Hubblesite Newscenter - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 10:00am

This Hubble image shows the results of two stellar companions in a gravitational waltz, several thousand light-years from Earth in the southern constellation Centaurus. The stellar duo, consisting of a red giant and white dwarf, are too close together to see individually in this view. But the consequences of their whirling about each other are two vast shells of gas expanding into space like a runaway hot air balloon. Both stars are embedded in a flat disk of hot material that constricts the outflowing gas so that it only escapes away above and below the stars. This apparently happens in episodes because the nebula has two distinct nested hourglass-shaped structures. The bubbles of gas and dust appear brightest at the edges, giving the illusion of crab legs. The rich colors correspond to glowing hydrogen, sulfur, nitrogen, and oxygen. This image was taken to celebrate Hubble's 29th anniversary since its launch on April 24, 1990.

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A Rainbow and the Cygnus Launch

NASA Image of the Day - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 9:00am
A rainbow is seen at launch Pad-0A after the Northrop Grumman Antares rocket launched, Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
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First Horizon Scale Image of a Black Hole

APOD - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 8:00pm

What does a black hole look like?


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Northrop Grumman Heads to Space Station with New NASA Science, Cargo

NASA - Breaking News - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 8:00pm
Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station with about 7,600 pounds of science investigations and cargo after launching at 4:46 p.m. EDT Wednesday from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
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NASA, Blue Origin Agreement Signals Rocketing Growth of Commercial Space

NASA - Breaking News - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:59am
Officials from NASA and the private space company Blue Origin have signed an agreement that grants the company use of a historic test stand as the agency focuses on returning to the Moon and on to Mars, and America’s commercial space industry continues to grow.
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A “Jellyfish” Galaxy Swims Into View of NASA’s Upcoming Webb Telescope

Hubblesite Newscenter - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:00am

As the spiral galaxy ESO 137-001 plunges into a galaxy cluster, gas is being pulled off of it as though it faced a cosmic headwind. Within that gas, stars are forming to create the appearance of giant, blue tentacle-like streamers. Astronomers, puzzled that stars could form within such tumult, plan to use Webb to study this galaxy and its stellar offspring.

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Northrop Grumman Engineers Load Final Cargo for Cygnus Launch

NASA Image of the Day - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 9:02am
Mission engineers load the final cargo into the Cygnus resupply spacecraft onboard the Northrop Grumman Antares rocket, Tuesday, April 16, 2019.
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