A total solar eclipse will cross North America on April 8, 2024. I’m sure many of you will take photos, and NASA wants you to help them do what you do best. The Agency’s recently funded initiative will use the eclipse to advance science while engaging the public. And yes, you can be among those who will be involved and contribute to science with your photos. Isn’t that great?
Scientists have successfully modified the Solar Orbiter’s Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) to capture images of the Sun’s corona in a new mode of operation termed “occulter mode”.
The modification, which was described as a “hack” by researchers on the EUI team, involves placing a “thumb” in front of the sun to be able to see its atmosphere – otherwise known as the corona.
Can you believe it’s almost been a year since we’ve seen James Webb Space Telescope’s first photos? To celebrate the first anniversary, NASA shared Webb’s stunning photo of the stellar nursery Rho Ophiuchi. but since we have a year of fantastic space images behind us, we’ll share a few more, just so you can feast your eyes on more cosmic beauty.
The James Webb Space Telescope has detected the most distant active supermassive black hole ever observed. The Cosmic Evolution Early Release Science (CEERS) Survey combined highly detailed images and data from Webb to unveil fascinating celestial phenomena.
The CEERS Survey panorama offers a mesmerizing view of the cosmos, stitched together from multiple images captured by the telescope. The image showcases a variety of galaxies, each exhibiting its unique characteristics.
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope recently had the first look at Saturn. Using its Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam), the first glimpses of the planet were beautiful and mystical, even just as raw, black-and-white images. But the processed, colorized version is here, giving us a closer look into Saturn and its famous rings.
Astrophotographers mainly know the Orion Nebula for its beauty. Being among the brightest deep sky objects, many decide to photograph it with their DSLR or mirrorless camera and a telescope. James Webb Space Telescope made its own photo of this gorgeous nebula last year, and now it made a fascinating discovery. Within a debris disk in the nebula, there’s an essential life-forming molecule. And believe it or not, this is the first time it’s ever been spotted in outer space!
We’ve heard amazing sonifications of space images before, and if you ask me – it’s always a treat to hear a new one. Astronomers and visualization specialists have now teamed up to create a unique sensory experience of Stephan’s Quintet, a compact group of galaxies. Using data from NASA’s space telescopes, they have crafted a captivating video and sonifications to explore this galactic wonder. It sounds a bit like the late The Beatles. :)
The mission completed its 49th close flyby of Jupiter on March 1, 2023. “As the spacecraft flew low over the giant planet’s cloud tops,” NASA says, “its JunoCam instrument captured this look at bands of high-altitude haze forming above cyclones in an area known as Jet N7.”
NASA’s MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN) mission has captured breathtaking new ultraviolet images of Mars. These images, taken at different points along Mars’ orbit around the Sun, offer unprecedented insights into the planet’s atmosphere and surface features.
By using ultraviolet wavelengths, MAVEN scientists have unlocked a new perspective on the Martian landscape. The Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) instrument, a key component of the MAVEN mission, obtained these global views of Mars in 2022 and 2023, when the planet was positioned near opposite ends of its elliptical orbit.