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What ingredients do you put in your galaxy clusters? 🤔⁣ ⁣ Galaxy clusters, like the one in this image, have three main ingredients: individual galaxies, multimillion-degree gas that fills the space between the galaxies, and dark matter. ⁣ ⁣ A team of astronomers used a set of @nasachandraxray observations of this Coma galaxy cluster to probe gas properties and learn about the viscosity of the hot gas in Coma.⁣ ⁣ Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️ Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ. of Chicago, I. Zhuravleva et al, Optical: SDSS⁣ ⁣

Feeling a little salty about the weekend being too short? 😤 ⁣ ⁣ If so, you're not alone when it comes to . The yellow color visible on the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa is actually sodium chloride — table salt. ⁣ Flybys from our Voyager and Galileo spacecraft have led scientists to conclude that:⁣ 1️⃣ Europa is covered by a layer of salty liquid water encased in an icy shell⁣ 2️⃣ Europa’s ocean may resemble Earth's oceans more than previously thought.⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA/@NASAJPL/@UArizona ⁣ ⁣

Only the good die young. ⁣ ⁣ When massive stars die at the end of their short lives, they light up the cosmos with bright, explosive bursts of light and material known as supernovae. ⁣ ⁣ This spiral galaxy — captured by @NASAHubble Space Telescope — has hosted multiple supernovae in past years. ⁣ ⁣ Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, D. Crenshaw and O. Fox⁣ ⁣

Happy ! ⁣ ⁣ One of the most iconic images from the mission is of Buzz Aldrin saluting the American flag on the surface of the Moon. But did you know that over the next three years, five more flags joined the one left by Apollo 11 — and that many other flags have flown onboard our spacecraft? ⁣ ⁣ Scroll through and read the comments to learn about stars and stripes in space!⁣ ⁣ Image Credit 1-8: NASA⁣⁣ ⁣

It's a new dawn⁣⁣⁣ It's a new day⁣⁣⁣ It's a new life – and we’re feeling good. ⁣⁣⁣🎶 ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ Kick back today and enjoy the dawn of a new day as we creep toward the weekend. Pictured here, you’ll find the sun glinting off our beautiful Earth. This was captured by Astronaut Nick Hague (@AstroHague) aboard the International Space Station (@iss).⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Image Credit: NASA ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣

⁣ ⁣ Astronaut Christina Koch (@astro_christina) has experienced what few people have: an aurora from above AND below. The first image she took onboard the International Space Station (@iss). The second image was taken on the Earth — in Donnelly Creek, Alaska by Sebastian Saarloos in 2015. Both photos show what happens when solar wind from the Sun disturb the Earth’s magnetosphere. ⁣ ⁣ Image 1 Credit: Christina Koch / NASA⁣ Image 2 Credit: Sebastian Saarloos⁣ ⁣

At first glance, these swirling clouds might look like cream in coffee. ☕ ⁣ ⁣ In fact, during a flyby of Jupiter, our @NASAJuno spacecraft captured this view of an area within a Jovian jet stream showing a vortex that has an intensely dark center. ⁣ ⁣ At the time, Juno was about 9,200 miles from the planet's cloud tops. Nearby, other features display bright, high altitude clouds that have puffed up into the sunlight.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran⁣ ⁣

And then it dawned on us: that bright dot in the bottom left is our sister planet. From aboard the @iss, @astro_christina captured this sunrise shot of Venus hovering over the serene, blue glow of Earth's atmosphere. Astronauts aboard the space station experience 16 sunrises and 16 sunsets every day, giving them the chance to get spectacular images like this one.⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA/@astro_christina⁣ ⁣

Mature and gorgeous, this barred spiral galaxy spotted by our @NASAHubble Space Telescope shows a luminous core that is likely acting like a stellar nursery. 👶 ⭐⁣ ⁣ Astronomers think that bar structures like the one seen crossing through NGC 7773's core emerge later in the lifetime of a galaxy, as star-forming material makes its way toward the galactic center. Our own Milky Way galaxy is thought to look similar to this.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA/@esa/@NASAHubble/J. Walsh ⁣

In this large celestial mosaic, our Spitzer Space Telescope captured a stellar family portrait! 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 You can find infants, parents and grandparents of star-forming regions all in this generational photo. Swipe left to uncover some of its members! ⁣ ⁣ There’s a lot to see in this image, including multiple clusters of stars born from the same dense clumps of gas and dust – some older and more evolved than others. Dive deeper into its intricacies by visiting ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit:NASA/JPL-Caltech⁣ ⁣

Exploration is in our DNA & our closest celestial friend, the Moon, is a treasure trove of science! ⁣ ⁣ As we look forward to sending the first woman and next man to the lunar surface within five years, we're sharing these images of our favorite neighbor as seen by one of our @NASAAstronauts aboard the International Space Station (@ISS). ⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA/@astro_christina⁣ ⁣

Do you follow trends — or do you break them? This elliptical galaxy — Messier 59 — is one of the three main kinds of galaxies, along with spirals and irregulars. Ellipticals tend to be the most evolved of the trio, full of old, red stars. Messier 59, however, breaks this trend, with some newborn stars residing near the core. Set the trend. Image credit: ESA/@NASAHubble & NASA, P. Cote

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