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  Ripples in the sky by Jeff Dai


NASA | Late Summer M5 Solar Flare
On Aug. 24, 2014, the sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 8:16 a.m. EDT. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory and STEREO captured images of the flare, which erupted on the left side of the sun. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth’s atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however — when intense enough — they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel. To see how this event may affect Earth, please visit NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center at, the U.S. government’s official source for space weather forecasts, alerts, watches and warnings. This flare is classified as an M5 flare. M-class flares are ten times less powerful than the most intense flares, called X-class flares. Learn more at: This video is public domain and can be downloaded at: Like our videos? Subscribe to NASA’s Goddard Shorts HD podcast: Or find NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on Facebook: Or find us on Twitter:


#Space: @NASAspitzer witnesses an #asteroid smashup around a young star
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Amalgamation II by Swoopswatkill


#The Night Watchman



#earth #space #galaxy #astronomy

Messier 17: Omega Nebula
Messier 17, the Omega Nebula or Swan Nebula, is a star forming region located about 5,500 light years away towards the constellation Sagittarius. It is one of the most active regions of star formation in the Milky Way, and its fascinating shapes are created by the young, hot stars it contains.
These stars carve away at surrounding dust and gas, stripping away some material and shaping the rest. The ultraviolet radiation also ionizes hydrogen gas. In this process, radiation energizes electrons, stripping them from their nuclei. The electrons recombine into atoms, and release a photon of light, creating the characteristic red glow.
Image from National Geographic, information from HubbleSite.

Blue Marble
"This time-lapse shows a composite for the eastern hemisphere from January 18 to July 25, 2014. Subtle changes in the snow and vegetation cover of the land vie for attention with a dynamic, swirling layer of clouds that are constantly present and constantly moving."So beautiful, 

NASA’s Stardust Spacecraft May Have Identified Interstellar Particles

We’ve just detected the first potential interstellar dust particles, which could date back to the formation of our solar system.

Learn about the significance of this find at:

San Francisco -California - USA (von Thomas Hawk)