My Comet Hunting Challenge

Unless you've had the attention of a hibernating hedgehog you will know that we have had a very icy near Earth visitor these last few weeks. Comet Neowise. Discovered in late March over the last few weeks the comet has been passing closer and closer to the Sun and to Earth. Becoming close enough and … Continue reading My Comet Hunting Challenge

The Space Station’s Solar Transit | NASA

This composite image, made from six frames, shows the International Space Station, with a crew of five on board, in silhouette as it transits the Sun at roughly five miles per second, Wednesday, June 24, 2020, from Fredericksburg, Va. On board are Expedition 63 NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy, Douglas Hurley, Robert Behnken, and Roscosmos cosmonauts … Continue reading The Space Station’s Solar Transit | NASA

Watch a 10-Year Time Lapse of Sun From NASA’s SDO | NASA

As of June 2020, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory – SDO – has now been watching the Sun non-stop for over a full decade. From its orbit in space around Earth, SDO has gathered 425 million high-resolution images of the Sun, amassing 20 million gigabytes of data over the past 10 years. This information has enabled … Continue reading Watch a 10-Year Time Lapse of Sun From NASA’s SDO | NASA

News | NASA Says Goodbye to One of Agency’s Great Observatories

One of NASA's four Great Observatories, Spitzer launched on Aug. 25, 2003, and has studied the cosmos in infrared light. Its breathtaking images have revealed the beauty of the infrared universe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghnnbMWVtWU#action=share Spitzer made some of the first studies of exoplanet atmospheres (atmospheres of planets around stars other than our Sun). It confirmed two and discovered five of the seven Earth-size exoplanets around the … Continue reading News | NASA Says Goodbye to One of Agency’s Great Observatories

Carina Nebula’s ‘Mystic Mountain’ | NASA

Within the tempestuous Carina Nebula lies “Mystic Mountain.” This three-light-year-tall cosmic pinnacle, imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 in 2010, is made up primarily of dust and gas, and exhibits signs of intense star-forming activity. The colors in this composite image correspond to the glow of oxygen (blue), hydrogen and nitrogen (green) and sulfur … Continue reading Carina Nebula’s ‘Mystic Mountain’ | NASA

Replacing the Space Station’s Solar Array Batteries

After completing the first of 10 spacewalks to upgrade the station, astronaut Christina Koch wrote: "The great @Space_Station battery swap series of spacewalks is underway! A joy & privilege working with @AstroDrewMorgan outside, @astro_luca as the lead for suits & airlock, @Astro_Jessica as robotic arm operator, & the incredible teams in Houston. 3 batteries complete, 9 to go!" Image Credit: NASA/Christina Koch

Astronaut Nick Hague Soaks Up Views of Earth | NASA

As he prepares to conclude his stay aboard the orbiting laboratory this week, astronaut Nick Hague shared this photo saying: "Today is my last Monday living on this orbiting laboratory and I’m soaking up my final views. The @Space_Station is truly an engineering marvel. #MondayMotivation."  Hague will return to Earth after a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station. He and Expedition 60 and … Continue reading Astronaut Nick Hague Soaks Up Views of Earth | NASA

Viewing a Launch From Above | NASA

From aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 60 astronaut Christina Koch photographed the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft ascending into space after its launch from Kazakhstan on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. After a four-orbit, six-hour journey, the Soyuz docked to the Space Station with NASA astronaut Jessica Meir, Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and spaceflight participant Hazzaa Ali Almansoori of the … Continue reading Viewing a Launch From Above | NASA