Several nebulae—including the Flame nebula, the large bright spot—shine within a star-making region of gas and dust. Released July 2, the image was taken by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE).
The Flame nebula sits on the eastern hip of Orion the Hunter, a constellation most easily visible in the Northern Hemisphere during winter evenings, according to the WISE website.
The red arc at the lower right is the star Orionis, the upper star in the sword of Orion, which sits in a blue dwarf star system about 1,070 light-years away.
This is a recent true color image taken by Nasa and the Japanese Space Agency showing Venus in transit around our sun.
Outfitted in a homemade spacesuit, “Camilla” the rubber chicken rides into the stratosphere on March 3 as part of an experiment to measure solar radiation at point-blank range.
Students with Bishop Union High School in California launched the chicken—the mascot of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory—before and during a solar storm. For both flights Camilla wore a pair of radiation badges of the same kind used by medical technicians and nuclear workers to assess dosages.
The results will help the students design a future astrobiology project to test whether certain species of microbes can survive the harsh conditions at the edge of space.
In the meantime, his brother was found being choked by a strange man in an arcade in Japan.
Alan Shepard - First American in Space
On May 5, 1961, NASA launched the first American into space. Alan Shepard took his historic ride in a Freedom 7 capsule, powered by a Redstone missile rocket. Shepard traveled to an altitude of 116 miles and returned to Earth in 15 minutes. From his capsule, Shepard saw the curvature of the Earth, and described a view never seen by any American before.
On May 8, Shepard traveled to the White House to receive a NASA Distinguished Service Medal from President John F. Kennedy. Three weeks later, JFK would announce to a joint session of Congress the goal of sending an American safely to the Moon by the end of the decade.
Tomorrow is the anniversary of the Mercury-Redstone 3 flight, so as you enjoy your first Saturday in May, look up to the skies and raise your glass to Alan Shepard - first American in space. Happy weekend!
Most well known as the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and Aurora Australis (Southern Lights), auroras are some of the most beautiful naturally occurring phenomenon that our planet has to offer. Earth possesses a magnetic field, basically an electric dipole (having both North and South) tilted at 11 degrees with respect to the rotational axis. Auroras are caused by radiation from the sun, known as solar wind, interacting with this magnetic field. Charged ions are produced in the sun’s corona, and are added to the solar wind. The magnetic field is strongest at Earth’s poles, and that is why auroras are typically confined to these regions.
Charged particles form the sun occasionally get caught in Earth’s magnetic field as they pass by and interact. Once they are trapped in the upper atmosphere, they react with other gases and produce the famous lights. Collisions between the highly charged solar wind particles and atmospheric molecules causes energy emission, visible as light. Electrons in the molecules are excited to higher energy levels and then release photons when they fall back to lower energy levels. Each different reaction, causes by different ions colliding with air particles, causes a different color to result. For example, neutral nitrogen particles will create a purple-pink color, while ionic nitrogen results in a blue color. The most common aurora, a yellowish-green color, is causes by an ion crashing into oxygen at low altitudes.
Tendrils of hot dust and gas glow against a background of stars in a new picture from NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer, or GALEX. The spacecraft’s ultraviolet vision allows scientists to study space objects across ten billion years of cosmic history.
Situated about 1,500 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus, the swan, the nebula is the remnant of a supernova that occurred between 5,000 and 8,000 years ago. The wispy structure glows because its gases are still being heated by the shockwave from the star explosion.
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