Timelapse of Jupiter’s auroras

This timelapse video of the vivid auroras in Jupiter’s atmosphere was created using observations made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Hubble is particularly suited to observing and studying the auroras on the biggest planet in the Solar System, as they are brightest in the ultraviolet.

Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Nichols

Note: Magnetic fields can be a fascinating subject. Hopefully, Juno can shed some light on curious configurations such as this June 30, 2016 HST release.
~ JN Ph, 7.5

It’s the last day to register for GISHWHES!

If you haven’t joined thousands of people in hundreds of countries for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever seen (that even NASA, William Shatner, and Chris Pratt couldn’t resist being a part of), consider this your call to action!

In just a few short hours, the window will close, the door will shut and you will miss out on the most awesome week of 2016. We don’t want that to happen to you!

If you like things like having fun, being creative, playing games, going on scavenger hunts, mayhem, photography, video, hilarity, kindness, art, music, puzzles, adventure,  and being The Very Best (like no one ever was… at being weird!), then GISHWHES was made for you! 

You can play from anywhere in the world… even from the comfort of your own home! The winning team goes on an all-expenses-paid trip with Misha Collins!


NASA Will Put Rocket Raccoon And Groot On Its New Mission Patch
If there was any doubt in your heart that the people at NASA were a bunch of nerds, here’s the evidence that proves otherwise.
By Carli Velocci

If there was any doubt in your heart that the people at NASA were a bunch of nerds, here’s the evidence that proves otherwise.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy made space operas exciting again, so what better way to honor its roots than to include two of its most popular characters on a mission patch?

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) announced Friday that Groot and Rocket the Raccoon will be featured on a mission patch that will represent all payloads that will head to the national laboratory on the International Space Station.

We got our first look at the patch from director James Gunn, who tweeted the announcement from San Diego Comic-Con.

The patch was designed by Juan Doe, who has previously designed covers for Marvel. According to a press release, CASIS hopes that the patch will put more eyes on the ISS and bring hope for what people can accomplish in the future.

“A major mission for us here at CASIS is to find unique and innovative ways to bring notoriety to the ISS National Laboratory and the research that is being conducted on our orbiting laboratory,” said CASIS Director of Operations and Educational Opportunities Ken Shields.

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Take aways from this video

1) Zachary Quinto knows his stuff

2) Chris Pine hasn’t taken a test since college

3) Zach totally yells “SPIRK” at the end of this video

The large stellar association cataloged as NGC 206 is nestled within the dusty arms of the neighboring Andromeda galaxy. Also known as M31, the spiral galaxy is a mere 2.5 million light-years away. NGC 206 is seen in this gorgeous close-up of the southwestern extent of Andromeda’s disk, a remarkable composite of data from space and ground-based observatories. The bright, blue stars of NGC 206 indicate its youth. In fact, its youngest massive stars are less than 10 million years old. Much larger than the open or galactic clusters of young stars in the disk of our Milky Way galaxy, NGC 206 spans about 4,000 light-years. That’s comparable in size to the giant stellar nurseries NGC 604 in nearby spiral M33 and the Tarantula Nebula, in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Star forming sites within Andromeda are revealed by the telltale reddish emission from clouds of ionized hydrogen gas.

Object Names: M31, NGC 206

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: Subaru Telescope (NAOJ), Hubble Space Telescope, Local Group Galaxy Survey (Phil Massey PI), Mayall 4-Meter, Robert Gendler

Time And Spce

Marine Helicopter Towing the Liberty Bell 7 Spacecraft, 7/22/1961

“Marine helicopter has hooked the Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft and appears to have it in tow. Minutes later it was released because of its being full of sea water after going under once. This was the second U.S. man-in-space flight. “(NASA Photo) 

Series: Committee Papers, 1958 - 1976Record Group 46: Records of the U.S. Senate, 1789 - 2015

Astronaut Gus Grissom made the second U.S. spaceflight aboard @nasa‘s Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft during the Mercury-Redstone 4 mission 55 years ago on July 22, 1961.  During splashdown the escape hatch blew prematurely, ultimately flooding the capsule and causing it to sink.  (The capsule was not recovered until 1999.)


The effects of hypoxia are astounding. Please, in case of cabin depressurization, help yourself before helping others, or you may not be able to.

Galaxy Cluster Abell S1063 and Beyond

(via APOD; Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Jennifer Lotz (STScI) )

Some 4 billion light-years away, galaxies of massive Abell S1063 cluster near the center of this sharp Hubble Space Telescope snapshot. But the fainter bluish arcs are magnified images of galaxies that lie far beyond Abell S1063. About twice as distant, their otherwise undetected light is magnified and distorted by the cluster’s largely unseen gravitational mass, approximately 100 trillion times the mass of the Sun. Providing a tantalizing glimpse of galaxies in the early universe, the effect is known as gravitational lensing. A consequence of warped spacetime it was first predicted by Einstein a century ago. The Hubble image is part of the Frontier Fields program to explore the Final Frontier.


We confess we played favorites on Wednesday when it was the 47th anniversary of the moon landing…it was also the 40th anniversary of NASA’s Viking lander on Mars.  We really do love Mars just as much, we swear! 

To prove it, here are some of our fav Martian products featuring Michael Collins, Margot TrudellSlow Factory, ShadowplayNYC, Think GeekLands’ EndAMNH, and BlueQ. Browse all our Mars posts here!

- Summer

These two Earth-sized planets might have atmospheres that can support life
New homes?
By Josh Hrala

Astronomers working with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have, for the first time, analysed the atmospheres of two Earth-sized exoplanets beyond our Solar System, concluding that they might be ideal for fostering life.

The findings suggest that the two exoplanets – TRAPPIST-1b and TRAPPIST-1c, which are around 40 light-years away – do not have hydrogen-based atmospheres, which the team says would make them inhospitable, as hydrogen-dense atmospheres usually lead to a devastating greenhouse effect.

“The lack of a smothering hydrogen-helium envelope increases the chances for habitability on these planets,” team member Nikole Lewis, from the Space Telescope Science Institute in the US, said in a statement.