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Space Photos of the Week: Moon needs sun protection

Did you know that the moon can get sunburn? Our heavenly companion actually has a magnetic field, but it is spotty and uneven. It can sometimes deflect damage that would otherwise be done by the solar wind when it comes into contact with the surface. However, some areas of the field are too weak to combat this force, and as a result of the solar radiation, marks called lunar are left on the surface of the moon. This picture shows Reiner Gamma Moon Swirl and it was depicted by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. It is as if you are not applying your sunscreen evenly and coming home from the beach to find your skin covered with strange splashes. This region on Mars, Mawrth Vallis, is of great interest to researchers who want to study the rich clays and minerals found on the Mars surface. Materials and properties like this are evidence of Mars' watery past. The colors in this enhanced image are particularly interesting. The dark regions are basaltic stones, evidence of ancient volcanic activity while the yellow, blues and greens are probably hydrogenated minerals. NASA's InSight landers have been busy working on Mars and placing their seismometer and other instruments on the surface. But last week when it finally started digging in the ground using its heat profile instrument called the Heat and Physical Properties package (HP3), it puts its mole, as they call it, on a stone. Turns out Mars is rocky! The team must stop digging and…

Did you know that the moon can get sunburn? Our heavenly companion actually has a magnetic field, but it is spotty and uneven. It can sometimes deflect damage that would otherwise be done by the solar wind when it comes into contact with the surface. However, some areas of the field are too weak to combat this force, and as a result of the solar radiation, marks called lunar are left on the surface of the moon. This picture shows Reiner Gamma Moon Swirl and it was depicted by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. It is as if you are not applying your sunscreen evenly and coming home from the beach to find your skin covered with strange splashes.

This region on Mars, Mawrth Vallis, is of great interest to researchers who want to study the rich clays and minerals found on the Mars surface. Materials and properties like this are evidence of Mars’ watery past. The colors in this enhanced image are particularly interesting. The dark regions are basaltic stones, evidence of ancient volcanic activity while the yellow, blues and greens are probably hydrogenated minerals.

NASA’s InSight landers have been busy working on Mars and placing their seismometer and other instruments on the surface. But last week when it finally started digging in the ground using its heat profile instrument called the Heat and Physical Properties package (HP3), it puts its mole, as they call it, on a stone. Turns out Mars is rocky! The team must stop digging and must make plans for what to do next. While there are rocks over Mars, the InSight team had hoped it wasn’t too rocky under the surface, so it was a bit of a surprise.

The cigar bar that is otherwise called M82 creates stars extremely fast, 1

0 times faster than our own galaxy. With the help of NASA’s SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) telescope, astronomers believe they can finally know why: The galactic wind emanating from the center of the galaxy acts as a kind of transport that touches huge amounts of gas and dust around – fuel for creating new stars. This wind is so strong that it physically pulls out the magnetic field outwards and takes that material, which is what you see in this composite image.

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered a couple of galaxies that are being merged. The larger galaxy is called NGC 7752 and the smaller one is NGC 7753. Galactic fusions like these were more common during the earlier days of the solar system, but they still happen. And there is no one to say what the outcome of such a merger can be. While these collisions can sometimes help a new combined galaxy to create more stars, their device may also be their passing, stopping the growth of new stars and turning off the lights for good.

A national researcher in New Zealand perfectly timed this photo of the international space station moving across the sun. The ISS orbits the earth every 92 minutes, and it travels at almost 18,000 km / h, which means that the station transited the sun in just a fraction of a second. This astounding speed makes it extremely difficult to capture-like taking a photo of a bullet in the middle of the air, except that bullet is a science laboratory that zips six people through space.

The European Southern Observatory has fun playing with a new telescope called speculoos. While this telescope ultimately helps scientists identify stars that are ideal for exoplanet observations, astronomers believed they would test the optics of the famous 5,000-year-old lagoon bucket and this is the resulting image. It is safe to say that this telescope will do good things when it grows up.

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