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  • Pluto's Sputnik Planum 
Image Credit: NASA, Johns Hopkins U./APL, Southwest Research Inst.
Explanation: Is there an ocean below Sputnik Planum on Pluto? The unusually smooth 1000-km wide golden expanse, visible in the featured image from New Horizons, appears segmented into convection cells. But how was this region created? One hypothesis now holds the answer to be a great impact that stirred up an underground ocean of salt water roughly 100-kilometers thick. The featured image of Sputnik Planum, part of the larger heart-shaped Tombaugh Regio, was taken last July and shows true details in exaggerated colors. Although the robotic New Horizons spacecraft is off on a new adventure, continued computer-modeling of this surprising surface feature on Pluto is likely to lead to more refined speculations about what lies beneath.
APOD: 2016 November 22 - Plutos Sputnik Planum <a target=_blank href=http://buff.ly/2ixSsT6>http://buff.ly/2ixSsT6</a>

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    Pluto's Sputnik Planum Image Credit: NASA, Johns Hopkins U./APL, Southwest Research Inst. Explanation: Is there an ocean below Sputnik Planum on Pluto? The unusually smooth 1000-km wide golden expanse, visible in the featured image from New Horizons, appears segmented into convection cells. But how was this region created? One hypothesis now holds the answer to be a great impact that stirred up an underground ocean of salt water roughly 100-kilometers thick. The featured image of Sputnik Planum, part of the larger heart-shaped Tombaugh Regio, was taken last July and shows true details in exaggerated colors. Although the robotic New Horizons spacecraft is off on a new adventure, continued computer-modeling of this surprising surface feature on Pluto is likely to lead to more refined speculations about what lies beneath. APOD: 2016 November 22 - Plutos Sputnik Planum http://buff.ly/2ixSsT6 #planet #solarsystem #pluto #sputnik #firstlook #frozen #planet #beyondourplanet #nasa #apod #opt
    2017-01-14 20:07:39

  • The Heart and Soul Nebulas 
Image Credit & Copyright: David Lindemann
Explanation: Is the heart and soul of our Galaxy located in Cassiopeia? Possibly not, but that is where two bright emission nebulas nicknamed Heart and Soul can be found. The Heart Nebula, officially dubbed IC 1805 and visible in the featured image on the right, has a shape reminiscent of a classical heart symbol. Both nebulas shine brightly in the red light of energized hydrogen. Several young open clusters of stars populate the image and are visible here in blue, including the nebula centers. Light takes about 6,000 years to reach us from these nebulas, which together span roughly 300 light years. Studies of stars and clusters like those found in the Heart and Soul Nebulas have focused on how massive stars form and how they affect their environment.
APOD: 2016 November 16 - The Heart and Soul Nebulas <a target=_blank href=http://buff.ly/2jn5JOi>http://buff.ly/2jn5JOi</a>

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    The Heart and Soul Nebulas Image Credit & Copyright: David Lindemann Explanation: Is the heart and soul of our Galaxy located in Cassiopeia? Possibly not, but that is where two bright emission nebulas nicknamed Heart and Soul can be found. The Heart Nebula, officially dubbed IC 1805 and visible in the featured image on the right, has a shape reminiscent of a classical heart symbol. Both nebulas shine brightly in the red light of energized hydrogen. Several young open clusters of stars populate the image and are visible here in blue, including the nebula centers. Light takes about 6,000 years to reach us from these nebulas, which together span roughly 300 light years. Studies of stars and clusters like those found in the Heart and Soul Nebulas have focused on how massive stars form and how they affect their environment. APOD: 2016 November 16 - The Heart and Soul Nebulas http://buff.ly/2jn5JOi #nebula #nasa #apod #opt #opteam #heartnebula #heartandsoul #deepspace #ouruniverse #darkskies #clearskies #amazingphotography #wow
    2017-01-14 19:02:48

  • Supermoon and Space Station 
Image Credit & Copyright: Kris Smith
Explanation: What are those specks in front of the Moon? They are silhouettes of the International Space Station (ISS). Using careful planning and split-second timing, a meticulous lunar photographer captured ten images of the ISS passing in front of last month's full moon. But this wasn't just any full moon -- this was the first of the three consecutive 2016 supermoons. A supermoon is a full moon that appears a few percent larger and brighter than most other full moons. The featured image sequence was captured near Dallas, Texas. Occurring today is the second supermoon of this series, a full moon that is the biggest and brightest not only of the year, but of any year since 1948. To see today's super-supermoon yourself, just go outside at night and look up. The third supermoon of this year's series will occur in mid-December.
APOD: 2016 November 14 - Supermoon and Space Station <a target=_blank href=http://buff.ly/2jmQghw>http://buff.ly/2jmQghw</a>

 <a  href=/tag/moon>#moon</a>  <a  href=/tag/orbit>#orbit</a>  <a  href=/tag/spaceship>#spaceship</a>  <a  href=/tag/ISS>#ISS</a>  <a  href=/tag/nasa>#nasa</a>  <a  href=/tag/opt>#opt</a>  <a  href=/tag/apod>#apod</a>  <a  href=/tag/solarsystem>#solarsystem</a>
    Supermoon and Space Station Image Credit & Copyright: Kris Smith Explanation: What are those specks in front of the Moon? They are silhouettes of the International Space Station (ISS). Using careful planning and split-second timing, a meticulous lunar photographer captured ten images of the ISS passing in front of last month's full moon. But this wasn't just any full moon -- this was the first of the three consecutive 2016 supermoons. A supermoon is a full moon that appears a few percent larger and brighter than most other full moons. The featured image sequence was captured near Dallas, Texas. Occurring today is the second supermoon of this series, a full moon that is the biggest and brightest not only of the year, but of any year since 1948. To see today's super-supermoon yourself, just go outside at night and look up. The third supermoon of this year's series will occur in mid-December. APOD: 2016 November 14 - Supermoon and Space Station http://buff.ly/2jmQghw #moon #orbit #spaceship #ISS #nasa #opt #apod #solarsystem
    2017-01-14 15:59:24

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    Brendan:
    Or maybe it's a tie fighter... #thatsnomoon


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    Cool~🤗



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  • Congrats to the SpaceX team for another successful launch!  <a  href=/tag/spacex>#spacex</a>  <a  href=/tag/OPTeam>#OPTeam</a>
    Congrats to the SpaceX team for another successful launch! #spacex #OPTeam
    2017-01-14 14:22:01

  • Trifid, Lagoon, and Mars 
Image Credit & Copyright: Mohammad Nouroozi
Explanation: Bright nebulae and star clusters along this 5 degree wide field of view are popular stops on telescopic tours of the constellation Sagittarius and the crowded starfields of the central Milky Way. Cataloged by 18th century French astronomer Charles Messier, M20, the colorful Trifid Nebula, and M8, the expansive Lagoon Nebula, are at upper left and center. Both are well-known star forming regions about 5,000 light-years distant. Just passing through the same field of view on September 29, the yellowish star lined up with M8 and M20 at the lower right is actually Mars, close to 8.8 light-minutes from Earth on that date. That distance is nearly equivalent to 1 astronomical unit or the distance from Earth to Sun. Mars is overexposed in the image, with visible diffraction spikes created by the telescope mirror supports. Of course, Mars has long been known to wander through planet Earth's night skies.
APOD: 2016 October 6 - Trifid, Lagoon, and Mars <a target=_blank href=http://buff.ly/2ickndS>http://buff.ly/2ickndS</a>

 <a  href=/tag/apod>#apod</a>  <a  href=/tag/nasa>#nasa</a>  <a  href=/tag/opt>#opt</a>  <a  href=/tag/trifecta>#trifecta</a>  <a  href=/tag/trifid>#trifid</a>  <a  href=/tag/lagoon>#lagoon</a>  <a  href=/tag/mars>#mars</a>  <a  href=/tag/universe>#universe</a>  <a  href=/tag/astronomy>#astronomy</a>  <a  href=/tag/darkskies>#darkskies</a>  <a  href=/tag/astrophotography>#astrophotography</a>  <a  href=/tag/beyondourworld>#beyondourworld</a>  <a  href=/tag/space>#space</a>
    Trifid, Lagoon, and Mars Image Credit & Copyright: Mohammad Nouroozi Explanation: Bright nebulae and star clusters along this 5 degree wide field of view are popular stops on telescopic tours of the constellation Sagittarius and the crowded starfields of the central Milky Way. Cataloged by 18th century French astronomer Charles Messier, M20, the colorful Trifid Nebula, and M8, the expansive Lagoon Nebula, are at upper left and center. Both are well-known star forming regions about 5,000 light-years distant. Just passing through the same field of view on September 29, the yellowish star lined up with M8 and M20 at the lower right is actually Mars, close to 8.8 light-minutes from Earth on that date. That distance is nearly equivalent to 1 astronomical unit or the distance from Earth to Sun. Mars is overexposed in the image, with visible diffraction spikes created by the telescope mirror supports. Of course, Mars has long been known to wander through planet Earth's night skies. APOD: 2016 October 6 - Trifid, Lagoon, and Mars http://buff.ly/2ickndS #apod #nasa #opt #trifecta #trifid #lagoon #mars #universe #astronomy #darkskies #astrophotography #beyondourworld #space
    2017-01-13 20:11:03

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  • Falcon9 is hitting the launch pad tomorrow morning at Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:45am. The OPTeam and friends have been invited to this amazing event and we couldnt be more excited! Make sure you check in with us for live updates on the launch! 
 <a  href=/tag/spacex>#spacex</a>  <a  href=/tag/opteam>#opteam</a>  <a  href=/tag/rocket>#rocket</a>  <a  href=/tag/vandenberg>#vandenberg</a>  <a  href=/tag/california>#california</a>  <a  href=/tag/rocketparty>#rocketparty</a>  <a  href=/tag/science>#science</a>  <a  href=/tag/physics>#physics</a>
    Falcon9 is hitting the launch pad tomorrow morning at Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:45am. The OPTeam and friends have been invited to this amazing event and we couldnt be more excited! Make sure you check in with us for live updates on the launch! #spacex #opteam #rocket #vandenberg #california #rocketparty #science #physics
    2017-01-13 19:24:45

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    Jezus:
    Are these guys going to lie to us like NASA? I hope not, why don't they just say that we can't go to outer-space and that we've never been to outer space.


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  • A Full Sky Aurora Over Norway 
Image Credit & Copyright: Sebastian Voltmer
Explanation: Higher than the highest building, higher than the highest mountain, higher than the highest airplane, lies the realm of the aurora. Auroras rarely reach below 60 kilometers, and can range up to 1000 kilometers. Aurora light results from energetic electrons and protons striking molecules in the Earth's atmosphere. Frequently, when viewed from space, a complete aurora will appear as a circle around one of the Earth's magnetic poles. The featured wide-angle image, horizontally compressed, captured an unexpected auroral display that stretched across the sky five years ago over eastern Norway.
APOD: 2017 January 1 - A Full Sky Aurora Over Norway <a target=_blank href=http://buff.ly/2jmPf8V>http://buff.ly/2jmPf8V</a>

 <a  href=/tag/APOD>#APOD</a>  <a  href=/tag/Astronomy>#Astronomy</a>  <a  href=/tag/nightsky>#nightsky</a>  <a  href=/tag/darkskies>#darkskies</a>  <a  href=/tag/aurora>#aurora</a>  <a  href=/tag/norway>#norway</a>  <a  href=/tag/bestphotography>#bestphotography</a>  <a  href=/tag/space>#space</a>  <a  href=/tag/longexpo>#longexpo</a>  <a  href=/tag/opteam>#opteam</a>
    A Full Sky Aurora Over Norway Image Credit & Copyright: Sebastian Voltmer Explanation: Higher than the highest building, higher than the highest mountain, higher than the highest airplane, lies the realm of the aurora. Auroras rarely reach below 60 kilometers, and can range up to 1000 kilometers. Aurora light results from energetic electrons and protons striking molecules in the Earth's atmosphere. Frequently, when viewed from space, a complete aurora will appear as a circle around one of the Earth's magnetic poles. The featured wide-angle image, horizontally compressed, captured an unexpected auroral display that stretched across the sky five years ago over eastern Norway. APOD: 2017 January 1 - A Full Sky Aurora Over Norway http://buff.ly/2jmPf8V #APOD #Astronomy #nightsky #darkskies #aurora #norway #bestphotography #space #longexpo #opteam
    2017-01-13 16:03:53

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  • Congrats Johnny on your retirement gift, a beautiful 10 ASA scope! Thank you for all of your help!!! You'll always be a part of the  <a  href=/tag/OPTeam>#OPTeam</a>!!
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    Congrats Johnny on your retirement gift, a beautiful 10 ASA scope! Thank you for all of your help!!! You'll always be a part of the #OPTeam!! #telescopes #retirementgift #opt #astronomy #astrophotography #thankyou
    2017-01-13 13:31:53

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    Jimmy Sanchez:
    Lucky dog, congrats Johnny on your new toy.🔭


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    Fantastic!!!!!


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    Congratulations Johnny! I look forward to seeing many new images from you. Have a Blast💥


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  • The Helix Nebula in Infrared 
Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, Spitzer Space Telescope; Processing: Judy Schmidt
Explanation: What makes this cosmic eye look so red? Dust. The featured image from the robotic Spitzer Space Telescope shows infrared light from the well-studied Helix Nebula (NGC 7293) a mere 700 light-years away in the constellation of the Water Carrier Aquarius. The two light-year diameter shroud of dust and gas around a central white dwarf has long been considered an excellent example of a planetary nebula, representing the final stages in the evolution of a Sun-like star. But the Spitzer data show the nebula's central star itself is immersed in a surprisingly bright infrared glow. Models suggest the glow is produced by a dust debris disk. Even though the nebular material was ejected from the star many thousands of years ago, the close-in dust could have been generated by collisions in a reservoir of objects analogous to our own solar system's Kuiper Belt or cometary Oort cloud. Had the comet-like bodies formed in the distant planetary system, they would have survived even the dramatic late stages of the star's evolution.
APOD: 2016 September 20 - The Helix Nebula in Infrared <a target=_blank href=http://buff.ly/2icfMrS>http://buff.ly/2icfMrS</a>

 <a  href=/tag/helix>#helix</a>  <a  href=/tag/space>#space</a>  <a  href=/tag/deepspace>#deepspace</a>  <a  href=/tag/opt>#opt</a>  <a  href=/tag/nasa>#nasa</a>  <a  href=/tag/apod>#apod</a>
    The Helix Nebula in Infrared Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, Spitzer Space Telescope; Processing: Judy Schmidt Explanation: What makes this cosmic eye look so red? Dust. The featured image from the robotic Spitzer Space Telescope shows infrared light from the well-studied Helix Nebula (NGC 7293) a mere 700 light-years away in the constellation of the Water Carrier Aquarius. The two light-year diameter shroud of dust and gas around a central white dwarf has long been considered an excellent example of a planetary nebula, representing the final stages in the evolution of a Sun-like star. But the Spitzer data show the nebula's central star itself is immersed in a surprisingly bright infrared glow. Models suggest the glow is produced by a dust debris disk. Even though the nebular material was ejected from the star many thousands of years ago, the close-in dust could have been generated by collisions in a reservoir of objects analogous to our own solar system's Kuiper Belt or cometary Oort cloud. Had the comet-like bodies formed in the distant planetary system, they would have survived even the dramatic late stages of the star's evolution. APOD: 2016 September 20 - The Helix Nebula in Infrared http://buff.ly/2icfMrS #helix #space #deepspace #opt #nasa #apod
    2017-01-13 12:10:48

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    Mjc:
    This was Hillary Clinton's eyes after the election 😂😂😂😂


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    Pure beauty



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  • The Wide and Deep Lagoon 
Image Credit & Copyright: Michael Miller, Jimmy Walker
Explanation: Ridges of glowing interstellar gas and dark dust clouds inhabit the turbulent, cosmic depths of the Lagoon Nebula. Also known as M8, the bright star forming region is about 5,000 light-years distant. But it still makes for a popular stop on telescopic tours of the constellation Sagittarius, toward the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. Dominated by the telltale red emission of ionized hydrogen atoms recombining with stripped electrons, this stunning, deep view of the Lagoon is nearly 100 light-years across. Right of center, the bright, compact, hourglass shape is gas ionized and sculpted by energetic radiation and extreme stellar winds from a massive young star. In fact, the many bright stars of open cluster NGC 6530 drift within the nebula, just formed in the Lagoon several million years ago.
APOD: 2016 September 9 - The Wide and Deep Lagoon <a target=_blank href=http://buff.ly/2ic8aFK>http://buff.ly/2ic8aFK</a>

 <a  href=/tag/beautiful>#beautiful</a>  <a  href=/tag/astrohphotography>#astrohphotography</a>  <a  href=/tag/darkskies>#darkskies</a>  <a  href=/tag/deepspace>#deepspace</a>  <a  href=/tag/space>#space</a>  <a  href=/tag/hotshot>#hotshot</a>  <a  href=/tag/instagood>#instagood</a>  <a  href=/tag/opt>#opt</a>
    The Wide and Deep Lagoon Image Credit & Copyright: Michael Miller, Jimmy Walker Explanation: Ridges of glowing interstellar gas and dark dust clouds inhabit the turbulent, cosmic depths of the Lagoon Nebula. Also known as M8, the bright star forming region is about 5,000 light-years distant. But it still makes for a popular stop on telescopic tours of the constellation Sagittarius, toward the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. Dominated by the telltale red emission of ionized hydrogen atoms recombining with stripped electrons, this stunning, deep view of the Lagoon is nearly 100 light-years across. Right of center, the bright, compact, hourglass shape is gas ionized and sculpted by energetic radiation and extreme stellar winds from a massive young star. In fact, the many bright stars of open cluster NGC 6530 drift within the nebula, just formed in the Lagoon several million years ago. APOD: 2016 September 9 - The Wide and Deep Lagoon http://buff.ly/2ic8aFK #beautiful #astrohphotography #darkskies #deepspace #space #hotshot #instagood #opt
    2017-01-12 20:10:41

  • Mars in the Clouds 
Image Credit & Copyright: Sebastian Voltmer
Explanation: Wandering through this stunning field of view, Mars really is in front of these colorful cosmic clouds. The mosaic contructed from telescopic images is about 5 degrees (10 full moons) across. It captures the planet's position on August 26, over 7 light-minutes from Earth and very near the line-of-sight to bright star Antares and the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex. In the exposure yellow-hued Mars, above and left, is almost matched by Antares, also known as Alpha Scorpii, below center. Globular star cluster M4 shines just right of Antares, but M4 lies some 7,000 light-years away compared to Antares' 500 light-year distance. Slightly closer than Antares, Rho Ophiuchi's bluish starlight is reflected by the dusty molecular clouds near the top of the frame.
APOD: 2016 September 8 - Mars in the Clouds <a target=_blank href=http://buff.ly/2jmRx8e>http://buff.ly/2jmRx8e</a>

 <a  href=/tag/apod>#apod</a>  <a  href=/tag/mars>#mars</a>  <a  href=/tag/clouds>#clouds</a>  <a  href=/tag/spacegas>#spacegas</a>  <a  href=/tag/spacedust>#spacedust</a>  <a  href=/tag/longexpo>#longexpo</a>  <a  href=/tag/amazingphotography>#amazingphotography</a>  <a  href=/tag/astronomy>#astronomy</a>  <a  href=/tag/astrophotography>#astrophotography</a>  <a  href=/tag/opteam>#opteam</a>  <a  href=/tag/amazing>#amazing</a>
    Mars in the Clouds Image Credit & Copyright: Sebastian Voltmer Explanation: Wandering through this stunning field of view, Mars really is in front of these colorful cosmic clouds. The mosaic contructed from telescopic images is about 5 degrees (10 full moons) across. It captures the planet's position on August 26, over 7 light-minutes from Earth and very near the line-of-sight to bright star Antares and the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex. In the exposure yellow-hued Mars, above and left, is almost matched by Antares, also known as Alpha Scorpii, below center. Globular star cluster M4 shines just right of Antares, but M4 lies some 7,000 light-years away compared to Antares' 500 light-year distance. Slightly closer than Antares, Rho Ophiuchi's bluish starlight is reflected by the dusty molecular clouds near the top of the frame. APOD: 2016 September 8 - Mars in the Clouds http://buff.ly/2jmRx8e #apod #mars #clouds #spacegas #spacedust #longexpo #amazingphotography #astronomy #astrophotography #opteam #amazing
    2017-01-12 19:09:36

  • Eclipse to Sunset 
Image Credit & Copyright: Luc Perrot (TWAN)
Explanation: September's eclipse of the Sun is documented in the 68 frames of this timelapse composite. Starting at 1pm local time a frame every 4 minutes follow's the progress of the New Moon across the solar disk. Taken near the centerline of the narrow eclipse path, the series of exposures ends with a golden sunset. Balanced rock cairns in the foreground line a beach on the southern side of Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, near the village of Etang-Salé. Of course, the close balance in apparent size creates drama in eclipses of the Sun by the Moon as seen from planet Earth. In an annular eclipse, the Moon's silhouette is just small enough to show the solar disk as a narrow ring-of-fire at maximum eclipse phase.
APOD: 2016 September 7 - Eclipse to Sunset <a target=_blank href=http://buff.ly/2jwCqx2>http://buff.ly/2jwCqx2</a>

 <a  href=/tag/eclipse>#eclipse</a>  <a  href=/tag/moon>#moon</a>  <a  href=/tag/sunset>#sunset</a>  <a  href=/tag/astronomy>#astronomy</a>  <a  href=/tag/greatamericaneclipse>#greatamericaneclipse</a>  <a  href=/tag/areyouready>#areyouready</a>  <a  href=/tag/amazingphotography>#amazingphotography</a>  <a  href=/tag/beyondourworld>#beyondourworld</a>  <a  href=/tag/desertnights>#desertnights</a>
    Eclipse to Sunset Image Credit & Copyright: Luc Perrot (TWAN) Explanation: September's eclipse of the Sun is documented in the 68 frames of this timelapse composite. Starting at 1pm local time a frame every 4 minutes follow's the progress of the New Moon across the solar disk. Taken near the centerline of the narrow eclipse path, the series of exposures ends with a golden sunset. Balanced rock cairns in the foreground line a beach on the southern side of Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, near the village of Etang-Salé. Of course, the close balance in apparent size creates drama in eclipses of the Sun by the Moon as seen from planet Earth. In an annular eclipse, the Moon's silhouette is just small enough to show the solar disk as a narrow ring-of-fire at maximum eclipse phase. APOD: 2016 September 7 - Eclipse to Sunset http://buff.ly/2jwCqx2 #eclipse #moon #sunset #astronomy #greatamericaneclipse #areyouready #amazingphotography #beyondourworld #desertnights
    2017-01-12 12:08:57

  • Spiral Meteor through the Heart Nebula 
Image Credit & Copyright: Roger N. Clark
Explanation: What is this meteor doing? Dynamically, the unusually short and asymmetric train may indicate that the sand-sized grain at the center of the glow is momentarily spinning as it ablates, causing its path to be slightly spiral. Geographically, the meteor appears to be going through the Heart Nebula, although really it is in Earth's atmosphere and so is about one quadrillion times closer. Taken last month on the night of the peak, this meteor is likely from the Perseid meteor shower. The Perseids radiant, in the constellation of Perseus, is off the frame to the upper right, toward the direction that the meteor streak is pointing. The Heart Nebula was imaged in 18 one-minute exposures, of which the unusual meteor streak appeared on just one. The meteor train is multicolored as its glow emanates from different elements in the heated gas.APOD: 2016 September 5 - Spiral Meteor through the Heart Nebula <a target=_blank href=http://buff.ly/2iXshZ6>http://buff.ly/2iXshZ6</a>

 <a  href=/tag/wow>#wow</a>  <a  href=/tag/meteor>#meteor</a>  <a  href=/tag/nebula>#nebula</a>  <a  href=/tag/universe>#universe</a>  <a  href=/tag/apod>#apod</a>  <a  href=/tag/heartnebula>#heartnebula</a>  <a  href=/tag/astronomy>#astronomy</a>  <a  href=/tag/darkskies>#darkskies</a>  <a  href=/tag/opteam>#opteam</a>
    Spiral Meteor through the Heart Nebula Image Credit & Copyright: Roger N. Clark Explanation: What is this meteor doing? Dynamically, the unusually short and asymmetric train may indicate that the sand-sized grain at the center of the glow is momentarily spinning as it ablates, causing its path to be slightly spiral. Geographically, the meteor appears to be going through the Heart Nebula, although really it is in Earth's atmosphere and so is about one quadrillion times closer. Taken last month on the night of the peak, this meteor is likely from the Perseid meteor shower. The Perseids radiant, in the constellation of Perseus, is off the frame to the upper right, toward the direction that the meteor streak is pointing. The Heart Nebula was imaged in 18 one-minute exposures, of which the unusual meteor streak appeared on just one. The meteor train is multicolored as its glow emanates from different elements in the heated gas.APOD: 2016 September 5 - Spiral Meteor through the Heart Nebula http://buff.ly/2iXshZ6 #wow #meteor #nebula #universe #apod #heartnebula #astronomy #darkskies #opteam
    2017-01-11 20:07:42

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    Riccardo:
    Very nice!


    Abduallah:
    Nice image, It's better to mention the equipment & image capturing settings


    Oceanside Photo & Telescope:
    @m16seal I agree, unfortunately these images are submitted with the astrophotographers own description



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  • Io over Jupiter from Voyager 1 
Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, Voyager 1; Processing: Alexis Tranchandon, Solaris
Explanation: Back in 1979, NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft flew past Jupiter and its moons. The images in this mosaic, featuring the moon Io against a background of gas giant Jupiter's diffuse swirling cloud bands, were recorded by Voyager's camera from a distance of about 8.3 million kilometers. The Io image from this mosaic may be the first to show curious round features on Io's surface with dark centers and bright rims more than 60 kilometers across. Now known to be volcanic in origin, these features were then thought likely to be impact craters, commonly seen on rocky bodies throughout the Solar System. But as Voyager continued to approach Io, close-up pictures revealed a bizarre world devoid of impact craters, frequently resurfaced by volcanic activity. Earlier this year a new robotic spacecraft, NASA's Juno, began to orbit Jupiter and last week made a pass within 5,000 kilometers of Jupiter's clouds. During the next two years, it is hoped that Juno will discover new things about Jupiter, for example what's in Jupiter's core.
APOD: 2016 September 4 - Io over Jupiter from Voyager 1 <a target=_blank href=http://buff.ly/2iXGBks>http://buff.ly/2iXGBks</a>

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    Io over Jupiter from Voyager 1 Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, Voyager 1; Processing: Alexis Tranchandon, Solaris Explanation: Back in 1979, NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft flew past Jupiter and its moons. The images in this mosaic, featuring the moon Io against a background of gas giant Jupiter's diffuse swirling cloud bands, were recorded by Voyager's camera from a distance of about 8.3 million kilometers. The Io image from this mosaic may be the first to show curious round features on Io's surface with dark centers and bright rims more than 60 kilometers across. Now known to be volcanic in origin, these features were then thought likely to be impact craters, commonly seen on rocky bodies throughout the Solar System. But as Voyager continued to approach Io, close-up pictures revealed a bizarre world devoid of impact craters, frequently resurfaced by volcanic activity. Earlier this year a new robotic spacecraft, NASA's Juno, began to orbit Jupiter and last week made a pass within 5,000 kilometers of Jupiter's clouds. During the next two years, it is hoped that Juno will discover new things about Jupiter, for example what's in Jupiter's core. APOD: 2016 September 4 - Io over Jupiter from Voyager 1 http://buff.ly/2iXGBks #jupiter #moon #orbit #solarsystem #astronomy #planet #universe #space #opt #amazingshot
    2017-01-11 19:02:24

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  • Little Planet Astro Camp 
Image Credit & Copyright: György Soponyai
Explanation: Day and night on this little planet look a lot like day and night on planet Earth. In fact, the images used to construct the little planet projection, a digitally warped and stitched mosaic covering 360x180 degrees, were taken during day and night near Tarján, Hungary, planet Earth. They span a successful 33-hour-long photo experiment at July's Hungarian Astronomical Association Astro Camp. The time-series composite follows the solar disk in 20 minute intervals from sunrise to sunset and over six hours of star trails in the northern night sky centered on the North Celestial Pole near bright star Polaris. The orbiting International Space Station traced the offset arc across the northern night. Below the little planet's nightside horizon, red light lamps of fellow astro-campers left the night-long, dancing trails.
APOD: 2016 September 2 - Little Planet Astro Camp <a target=_blank href=http://buff.ly/2ichmKl>http://buff.ly/2ichmKl</a>

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    Little Planet Astro Camp Image Credit & Copyright: György Soponyai Explanation: Day and night on this little planet look a lot like day and night on planet Earth. In fact, the images used to construct the little planet projection, a digitally warped and stitched mosaic covering 360x180 degrees, were taken during day and night near Tarján, Hungary, planet Earth. They span a successful 33-hour-long photo experiment at July's Hungarian Astronomical Association Astro Camp. The time-series composite follows the solar disk in 20 minute intervals from sunrise to sunset and over six hours of star trails in the northern night sky centered on the North Celestial Pole near bright star Polaris. The orbiting International Space Station traced the offset arc across the northern night. Below the little planet's nightside horizon, red light lamps of fellow astro-campers left the night-long, dancing trails. APOD: 2016 September 2 - Little Planet Astro Camp http://buff.ly/2ichmKl #amazingphotography #trick #planet #day #night #apod #nasa #opteam
    2017-01-11 15:59:31

  • IC 4406: A Seemingly Square Nebula 
Image Credit: C. R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt U.) et al., Hubble Heritage Team, NASA
Explanation: How can a round star make a square nebula? This conundrum comes to light when studying planetary nebulae like IC 4406. Evidence indicates that IC 4406 is likely a hollow cylinder, with its square appearance the result of our vantage point in viewing the cylinder from the side. Were IC 4406 viewed from the top, it would likely look similar to the Ring Nebula. This representative-color picture is a composite made by combining images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2001 and 2002. Hot gas flows out the ends of the cylinder, while filaments of dark dust and molecular gas lace the bounding walls. The star primarily responsible for this interstellar sculpture can be found in the planetary nebula's center. In a few million years, the only thing left visible in IC 4406 will be a fading white dwarf star.
APOD: 2017 January 8 - IC 4406: A Seemingly Square Nebula <a target=_blank href=http://buff.ly/2jmKiNp>http://buff.ly/2jmKiNp</a>

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    IC 4406: A Seemingly Square Nebula Image Credit: C. R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt U.) et al., Hubble Heritage Team, NASA Explanation: How can a round star make a square nebula? This conundrum comes to light when studying planetary nebulae like IC 4406. Evidence indicates that IC 4406 is likely a hollow cylinder, with its square appearance the result of our vantage point in viewing the cylinder from the side. Were IC 4406 viewed from the top, it would likely look similar to the Ring Nebula. This representative-color picture is a composite made by combining images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2001 and 2002. Hot gas flows out the ends of the cylinder, while filaments of dark dust and molecular gas lace the bounding walls. The star primarily responsible for this interstellar sculpture can be found in the planetary nebula's center. In a few million years, the only thing left visible in IC 4406 will be a fading white dwarf star. APOD: 2017 January 8 - IC 4406: A Seemingly Square Nebula http://buff.ly/2jmKiNp #deepspace #beautiful #deepspace #nasa #apod #opt #hubble #spacedust #spacegas #beyondourworld
    2017-01-11 12:15:54

  • New York Harbor Moonset 
Image Credit & Copyright: Stan Honda
Explanation: Moonset on January 1 is captured in this sea and night sky snapshot from the port city of New York. Its warm moonlight shining through haze and thin clouds, this New Year's Moon was about 3 days old, in a waxing crescent phase. The visible lunar disk is about 10 percent illuminated. Also easy to spot in hazy urban skies, Venus blazes forth over the western horizon, begining the year as Earth's evening star. Like the Moon, Venus goes through a range of phases as seen from planet Earth. As the year began, telescopic views of the brilliant inner planet's disk would show it about 50 percent illuminated, growing into a larger but thinner crescent by early March. New York Harbor's welcoming beacon, the Statue of Liberty, anchors a terrestrial corner of the night's triangle at the far left.
APOD: 2017 January 6 - New York Harbor Moonset <a target=_blank href=http://buff.ly/2jmLEaT>http://buff.ly/2jmLEaT</a>

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    New York Harbor Moonset Image Credit & Copyright: Stan Honda Explanation: Moonset on January 1 is captured in this sea and night sky snapshot from the port city of New York. Its warm moonlight shining through haze and thin clouds, this New Year's Moon was about 3 days old, in a waxing crescent phase. The visible lunar disk is about 10 percent illuminated. Also easy to spot in hazy urban skies, Venus blazes forth over the western horizon, begining the year as Earth's evening star. Like the Moon, Venus goes through a range of phases as seen from planet Earth. As the year began, telescopic views of the brilliant inner planet's disk would show it about 50 percent illuminated, growing into a larger but thinner crescent by early March. New York Harbor's welcoming beacon, the Statue of Liberty, anchors a terrestrial corner of the night's triangle at the far left. APOD: 2017 January 6 - New York Harbor Moonset http://buff.ly/2jmLEaT #astrophotography #nightscaper #beyondourworld #Nasa #opteam #moon #newyork #ladyofliberty #space
    2017-01-10 20:46:01

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  • Peculiar Galaxies of Arp 273 
Image Credit & Copyright: Wolfgang Ries/Stefan Heutz (Astrokooperation)
Explanation: The spiky stars in the foreground of this sharp cosmic portrait are well within our own Milky Way Galaxy. The two eye-catching galaxies lie far beyond the Milky Way, at a distance of over 300 million light-years. Their distorted appearance is due to gravitational tides as the pair engage in close encounters. Cataloged as Arp 273 (also as UGC 1810), the galaxies do look peculiar, but interacting galaxies are now understood to be common in the universe. In fact, the nearby large spiral Andromeda Galaxy is known to be some 2 million light-years away and approaching the Milky Way. Arp 273 may offer an analog of their far future encounter. Repeated galaxy encounters on a cosmic timescale can ultimately result in a merger into a single galaxy of stars. From our perspective, the bright cores of the Arp 273 galaxies are separated by only a little over 100,000 light-years.
APOD: 2017 January 5 - Peculiar Galaxies of Arp 273

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    Peculiar Galaxies of Arp 273 Image Credit & Copyright: Wolfgang Ries/Stefan Heutz (Astrokooperation) Explanation: The spiky stars in the foreground of this sharp cosmic portrait are well within our own Milky Way Galaxy. The two eye-catching galaxies lie far beyond the Milky Way, at a distance of over 300 million light-years. Their distorted appearance is due to gravitational tides as the pair engage in close encounters. Cataloged as Arp 273 (also as UGC 1810), the galaxies do look peculiar, but interacting galaxies are now understood to be common in the universe. In fact, the nearby large spiral Andromeda Galaxy is known to be some 2 million light-years away and approaching the Milky Way. Arp 273 may offer an analog of their far future encounter. Repeated galaxy encounters on a cosmic timescale can ultimately result in a merger into a single galaxy of stars. From our perspective, the bright cores of the Arp 273 galaxies are separated by only a little over 100,000 light-years. APOD: 2017 January 5 - Peculiar Galaxies of Arp 273 #astrophotography #nightscaper #beyondourworld #Nasa #cosmos #hubblehangout #space #universe #naturelovers #cosmology #science #physics #opteam
    2017-01-10 19:11:51

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    Trippy!


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  • 📸🌌: <a href=/user/jaxsonpohlmanphotography>@jaxsonpohlmanphotography</a> | Pinnacle | 
At the start of 2016, my page had roughly 30k followers. And now we are so close to 100k.
I cannot thank you all enough for your kind words and support this year. Many people have inspired me, and I hope to have inspired many of you. This community of creative imagination lovers means so much to me. Thank you.
    📸🌌: @jaxsonpohlmanphotography | Pinnacle | At the start of 2016, my page had roughly 30k followers. And now we are so close to 100k. I cannot thank you all enough for your kind words and support this year. Many people have inspired me, and I hope to have inspired many of you. This community of creative imagination lovers means so much to me. Thank you.
    2017-01-10 15:47:27

  • Image by Bob Franke
Telescope: Takahashi FSQ-106ED <a href=/user/>@</a> f/5.0
Mount: Losmandy G11
SBIG STF-8300M w/ AstroDon & Baader Filters
Acquisition: CCDAutoPilot3 & CCDSoft Chino Valley, AZ
Exposure:
Ha  465 min (31 x 15 min.)
OIII 1,410 min (47 x 30 min)
Lum  465 min (16 x 15 min)
RGB  336 min (16 x  7 min each)
PixInsight processing includes registering and stacking the Ha & OIII data, gradient removal and non-linear stretching. PhotoShop was used for adding Ha and OIII data to the RGB image and the final touch up.
The surrounding red emission nebula is part of Sh2-129, also known as the Flying Bat Nebula. At the center, commonly called the Squid Nebula, is OU4. Amateur astronomer Nicolas Outters discovered this nebula in 2011. OU4 eluded detection because it is very faint and requires deep exposures with a 3nm OIII filter.
Recent studies suggest that OU4 lies within Sh2-129 at a distance of about 2,300 light years in the constellation Cepheus. OU4 is believed to be a bipolar outflow possibly emanating from the triple star system, HR8119, located in the center of the nebula.

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    Image by Bob Franke Telescope: Takahashi FSQ-106ED @ f/5.0 Mount: Losmandy G11 SBIG STF-8300M w/ AstroDon & Baader Filters Acquisition: CCDAutoPilot3 & CCDSoft Chino Valley, AZ Exposure: Ha 465 min (31 x 15 min.) OIII 1,410 min (47 x 30 min) Lum 465 min (16 x 15 min) RGB 336 min (16 x 7 min each) PixInsight processing includes registering and stacking the Ha & OIII data, gradient removal and non-linear stretching. PhotoShop was used for adding Ha and OIII data to the RGB image and the final touch up. The surrounding red emission nebula is part of Sh2-129, also known as the Flying Bat Nebula. At the center, commonly called the Squid Nebula, is OU4. Amateur astronomer Nicolas Outters discovered this nebula in 2011. OU4 eluded detection because it is very faint and requires deep exposures with a 3nm OIII filter. Recent studies suggest that OU4 lies within Sh2-129 at a distance of about 2,300 light years in the constellation Cepheus. OU4 is believed to be a bipolar outflow possibly emanating from the triple star system, HR8119, located in the center of the nebula. #opt #nebula #deepspacemonth #astrophotography #astronomy #astronomer #universe #ouruniverse
    2017-01-10 12:08:38

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    Dennis Sprinkle:
    Gorgeous! One of these days I'm going to attempt this. Needs a ton of OIII for the squid like shown here!


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    This is awesome!


    Jimmy Sanchez:
    It's amazing on how much data was accumulated for this shot, Especially the OIII. Great job👍🏽



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Pluto's Sputnik Planum Image Credit: NASA, Johns Hopkins U./APL, Southwest Research Inst. Explanation: Is there an ocean below Sputnik Planum on Pluto? The unusually smooth 1000-km wide golden expanse, visible in the featured image from New Horizons, appears segmented into convection cells. But how was this region created? One hypothesis now holds the answer to be a great impact that stirred up an underground ocean of salt water roughly 100-kilometers thick. The featured image of Sputnik Planum, part of the larger heart-shaped Tombaugh Regio, was taken last July and shows true details in exaggerated colors. Although the robotic New Horizons spacecraft is off on a new adventure, continued computer-modeling of this surprising surface feature on Pluto is likely to lead to more refined speculations about what lies beneath. APOD: 2016 November 22 - Plutos Sputnik Planum http://buff.ly/2ixSsT6 #planet #solarsystem #pluto #sputnik #firstlook #frozen #planet #beyondourplanet #nasa #apod #opt
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