Happy 25th Birthday Hubble Telescope! – Celebrate with 25 amazing images and #science!!!

25 Images Celebrating 25 Years of Hubble

This year marks 25 years of amazing images and science from the Hubble Space Telescope.  To celebrate, we’ve assemble 25 images that represent both the beauty of the universe captured by Hubble and the important science realized by this wonderful telescope orbiting over our heads.

Flight to Star Cluster Westerlund 2

This visualization provides a three-dimensional perspective on Hubble’s 25th anniversary image of the nebula Gum 29 with the star cluster Westerlund 2 at its core. The flight traverses the foreground stars and approaches the lower left rim of the nebula Gum 29. Passing through the wispy darker clouds on the near side, the journey reveals bright gas illuminated by the intense radiation of the newly formed stars of cluster Westerlund 2. Within the nebula, several pillars of dark, dense gas are being shaped by the energetic light and strong stellar winds from the brilliant cluster of thousands of stars. Note that the visualization is intended to be a scientifically reasonable interpretation and that distances within the model are significantly compressed.

Credit: NASA, ESA, G. Bacon, L. Frattare, Z. Levay, and F. Summers (Viz3D Team, STScI), and J. Anderson (STScI)

Acknowledgment: The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), A. Nota (ESA/STScI), the Westerlund 2 Science Team, and ESO

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@NASANewHorizons spacecraft snaps first pictures of Pluto and its largest moon!!!!

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Lots more info on the New Horizons spacecraft at the NASA website here and here!!!

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft returned its first new images of Pluto on Wednesday, as the probe closes in on the dwarf planet. Although still just a dot along with its largest moon, Charon, the images come on the 109th birthday of Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered the distant icy world in 1930.

Watch this GIF of the formation of tonight’s Nor’easter #science #Juno #snow

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Check out this Gif of the formation of winter storm Juno… previously known as just tonight’s Nor’easter! Check out the NASA video here to see earlier developments. More info about how the video was made and about the storm itself here at the NASA website!!

Image Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project – GIF – CauseScience

National Weather Service forecasters have been tracking a low pressure area that moved from the Midwest into the Atlantic Ocean today, and is expected to become a strong nor’easter that will bring blizzard conditions to the northeastern U.S. The path of the system was captured in a NASA movie of NOAA’s GOES-East satellite imagery.

NASA APOD – The Potsdam Gravity Potato…. a cool representation of Earth #science

If you have never checked out the NASA astronomy picture of the day (APOD), you should check it out. Here is a really cool post from earlier this week!!

The Potsdam Gravity Potato 
Image Credit: CHAMPGRACEGFZNASADLRExplanation: Why do some places on Earth have higher gravity than others? Sometimes the reason is unknown. To help better understand the Earth’s surface, sensitive measurements by the orbiting satellites GRACE andCHAMP were used to create a map of Earth’s gravitational field. Since a center for studying these data is in PotsdamGermany, and since the result makes the Earth look somewhat like a potato, the resulting geoid has been referred to as the Potsdam Gravity Potato. High areas on this map, colored red, indicate areas where gravity is slightly stronger than usual, while in blue areas gravity is slightly weaker. Many bumps and valleys on the Potsdam Gravity Potato can be attributed to surface features, such as the North Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the Himalayan Mountains, but others cannot, and so might relate to unusually high or low sub-surface densities.Maps like this also help calibrate changes in the Earth’s surface including variable ocean currents and the melting of glaciers. The above map was made in 2005, but more recent and more sensitive gravity maps of Earth were produced in 2011.

THEY EVOLVE – Check out this awesome GIF from ‘Do you have an appointment?’ #science

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“They Evolve” – from Do you have an appointment tumblr! Check them out for a bunch of awesome GIFs!!

Video: Smithsonian Institution makes a 3D-printed bust of President Obama!

The President, in 3D

Recently, the Smithsonian stopped by the White House to take a 3D portrait of President Obama, in what will be be the highest resolution digital model of a head of state. Take a look at the process, and the 3D rendering created from this technology.

Check out images of the bust here. More info on the process here.