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NASA Goddard Takes Over HuffPost UK's Instagram - A Week Of Stunning Space Pictures

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16/05/2016 09:30 | Updated 22 May 2016

NASA Goddard are taking over Huffington Post UK's Instagram feed for a week-long collaboration featuring some truly amazing space images.

Join in with our efforts of putting science and photography in the forefront this week and share your images using hashtag #NASAHuffPost and we will share your images here and on our Instagram and Twitter feeds.

The Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is a major NASA space research laboratory founded in 1959 as NASA's first space flight center. 

Named after rocketry pioneer Dr. Robert H. Goddard, the center studies Earth, the sun, our solar system and the universe and is the largest combined organisation of scientists and engineers in the United States. 

We've taken over @HuffPostUK's Instagram feed for the whole week, Here is the second installment of our #NASAHuffPost takeover, join in and share your space pictures with us using that hashtag during @NASAGoddard's Instagram collaboration with @HuffPostUK Stargazing from Space - Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) see the world at night on every orbit —that’s 16 times each crew day. An astronaut took this broad, short-lens photograph of Earth’s night lights while looking out over the remote reaches of the central equatorial Pacific Ocean. ISS was passing over the island nation of Kiribati at the time, about 2600 kilometers (1,600 miles) south of Hawaii. Knowing the exact time and the location of the ISS, scientists were able to match the star field in the photo to charts describing which stars should have been visible at that moment. They identified the pattern of stars in the photo as our Milky Way galaxy (looking toward its center). The dark patches are dense dust clouds in an inner spiral arm of our galaxy; such clouds can block our view of stars toward the center. The curvature of the Earth crosses the center of the image and is illuminated by a variety of airglow layers in orange, green, and red. Setting stars are visible even through the dense orange-green airglow. The brightest light in the image is a lightning flash that illuminated a large mass of clouds. The flash reflected off the shiny solar arrays of the ISS and back to the camera. The dim equatorial cloud sheet is so extensive that it covers most of the sea surface in this view. Credit: NASA #nasagoddard #NASAHuffPost #TakeOver #ISS #space #nasa #gsfc

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We are excited to announce @NASAGoddard is taking over the @HuffPostUK’s #Instagram feed this week featuring amazing space images with a slight UK flare. Follow along and join in with our collaboration by sharing your astro images by tagging them #NASAHuffPost and we will share some of them here and on the @nasagoddard Instagram account. The image below was submitted as part of our #IGTakeover with @HuffPostUK. Tag your #astrophotograhy for a chance to be featured in our @Instagram feed. This is an image shot by Jaspal Chadha (@Jaspalik) of the M51 Whirlpool Galaxy on April 29, 2015 from London, England. The Whirlpool Galaxy is a spiral galaxy that is relatively close to Earth — about 30 million light-years away. It is visible in the northern constellation Canes Venatici, just southeast of the Big Dipper. The Whirlpool's most striking feature is its two curving arms, a hallmark of so-called grand-design spiral galaxies. Many spiral galaxies possess numerous, loosely shaped arms that make their spiral structure less pronounced. These arms serve an important purpose in spiral galaxies. They are star-formation factories, compressing hydrogen gas and creating clusters of new stars. In the Whirlpool, the assembly line begins with the dark clouds of gas on the inner edge, then moves to bright pink star-forming regions, and ends with the brilliant blue star clusters along the outer edge. Credit: Jaspal Chadha (@Jaspalik) #NASAHuffPost #IGTakeover #nasagoddard #space

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Mars is looking mighty fine in this portrait nabbed by the Hubble Space Telescope on a near close approach! The Hubble Space Telescope is more well known for its picturesque views of nebulae and galaxies, but it's also useful for studying our own planets, including Mars. Hubble imaged Mars on May 12, 2016 - ten days before Mars would be on the exact opposite side of the Earth from the Sun. Bright, frosty polar caps, and clouds above a vivid, rust-colored landscape reveal Mars as a dynamic seasonal planet in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope view taken on May 12, 2016, when Mars was 50 million miles from Earth. The Hubble image reveals details as small as 20 to 30 miles across. The large, dark region at far right is Syrtis Major Planitia, one of the first features identified on the surface of the planet by seventeenth-century observers. Christiaan Huygens used this feature to measure the rotation rate of Mars. (A Martian day is about 24 hours and 37 minutes.) Today we know that Syrtis Major is an ancient, inactive shield volcano. Late-afternoon clouds surround its summit in this view. A large oval feature to the south of Syrtis Major is the bright Hellas Planitia basin. About 1,100 miles across and nearly five miles deep, it was formed about 3.5 billion years ago by an asteroid impact. The orange area in the center of the image is Arabia Terra, a vast upland region in northern Mars that covers about 2,800 miles. The landscape is densely cratered and heavily eroded, indicating that it could be among the oldest terrains on the planet. Dried river canyons (too small to be seen here) wind through the region and empty into the large northern lowlands. We are excited that @NASAGoddard has taken over the @HuffPostUK’s #Instagram feed this week featuring amazing space images with a slight UK flare. Follow along and join in with our collaboration by sharing your astro images by tagging them #NASAHuffPostand we will share some of them here and on the @nasagoddard Instagram account. Credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), J. Bell (ASU), and M. Wolff (Space Science Institute) #nasagoddard #mars #hubble #space

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NASA'a Landsat satellite captures Mount Sourabaya erupting, the first time in 60 years. @nasagoddard's have taken over @huffpostuk's Instagram this week. Follow along and join in with our collaboration by sharing your astro/space/science images by tagging them #NASAHuffPost and we will share some of them here and on the@nasagoddard page. If a volcano erupts and there is no one there to see it, did it really erupt? Before the advent of satellites and seismic monitoring, volcanic eruptions in distant places would mostly go unnoticed unless they were absolutely extraordinary. Today, scientists can pick up signatures of events occurring far from any human observers. That was the case in late April and early May 2016 when satellite sensors detected signs of a volcanic eruption in the far South Atlantic Ocean between South America and Antarctica. Mount Sourabaya, a stratovolcano on Bristol Island, appeared to be erupting for the first time in 60 years. There are no human residents of the island, which is almost always covered in glacial ice and snow. The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite acquired these two false-color images on April 24 and May 1, 2016. The images were built from a combination of shortwave-infrared, near-infrared, and red light (Landsat bands 6-5-4) that helps detect the heat signatures of an eruption. Both images show the heat signatures (red-orange) of what is likely hot lava, while white plumes trail away from the crater. The band combination makes the ice cover of the island appear bright blue-green. Credit: NASA/Goddard/Landsat

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