Tuesday, October 23, 2018

NASA's Media Library...At Your Fingertips!

Did you know NASA's entire media library is available for you to use?

That's right, the ENTIRE MEDIA LIBRARY.  Even better?  All the media is free to utilize, both in terms of cost and copyright.

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Can you imagine the potential for next year's Summer Reading Program?  A Universe of Stories--complete with real photographs, sounds, and more of the ACTUAL universe!  They can be utilized for decor, promotion, or even programs! 

(What's that, lovely patron?  You want legit space sounds to use in your stop motion project?  Boy oh boy, do I have some good news for you!)

This image of the Eagle nebula shows the self-emission of the intensely cold nebula gas and dust as never seen before; the nebula intricate tendril nature, with vast cavities forms an almost cave-like surrounding to the famous pillars.
It may look like something from "The Lord of the Rings," but this fiery swirl is actually a planetary nebula known as ESO 456-67. Set against a backdrop of bright stars, the rust-colored object lies in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer), in the southern sky.

In this image of ESO 456-67, it is possible to see the various layers of material expelled by the central star. Each appears in a different hue - red, orange, yellow, and green-tinted bands of gas are visible, with clear patches of space at the heart of the nebula. It is not fully understood how planetary nebulae form such a wide variety of shapes and structures; some appear to be spherical, some elliptical, others shoot material in waves from their polar regions, some look like hourglasses or figures of eight, and others resemble large, messy stellar explosions - to name but a few.

Image Credit: ESA/Hubble and NASA

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This dazzling infrared image from NASA Spitzer Space Telescope shows hundreds of thousands of stars crowded into the swirling core of our spiral Milky Way galaxy.

Happy exploring!

Backlit wisps along the Horsehead Nebula upper ridge are being illuminated by Sigma Orionis, a young five-star system just off the top of this image from the Hubble Space Telescope. Resembling an opulent diamond tapestry, this image from NASA Hubble Space Telescope shows a glittering star cluster that contains a collection of some of the brightest stars seen in our Milky Way galaxy called Trumpler 14. 

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