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ESA Astronaut Lunar Eclipse Blood Moon International Space Station
Photo credit: Samantha Cristoforetti
ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti probably had the best view of Sunday’s total lunar eclipse, also known as a ‘Blood Moon’ this year, or at least compared to those of us on Earth. These stunning images were captured from the International Space Station and some of them show a partially eclipsed Moon playing hide-and-seek with a solar panel, obscuring some of the views.

Hubble Space Telescope Little Sombrero Galaxy NASA
Photo credit: NASA, ESA, and R. de Jong (Leibniz-Institut fur Astrophysik Potsdam); Image processing: G. Kober (NASA Goddard/Catholic University of America)
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captures a stunning image of the ‘Little Sombrero’ galaxy located 40 million light-years from Earth. Also known as NGC 7814 or Caldwell 43, this galaxy consists of a brilliant central bulge, a dust-filled thin disk, and a glowing halo of gas as well as stars that sprawl thinly out into space.

NASA Asteroid 388945 (2008 TZ3) Empire State Building Earth
NASA has confirmed that asteroid 388945 (2008 TZ3), which is larger than the Empire State Building in New York City, is hurtling towards Earth. Thankfully, this 1600-foot space rock is expected to pass 3.5-million miles away, but should still be considered a threat. It’s set to make a close approach at 5:18pm ET on May 16th at a speed of just over 18,000 miles per hour.

Gold Standard Star Milky Way Galaxy HD 222925
University of Michigan astronomers, led by Ian Roederer, have discovered the ‘gold standard’ star, also known as HD 922925. It has the widest range of elements in a star beyond our solar system yet with forty-two of them being heavy elements listed along the bottom of the periodic table of elements. By identifying these elements in a single star, astronomers can better understand “rapid neutron capture process,” or one of the major ways by which heavy elements in the universe were created.

Supermassive Black Hole Center Milky Way Galaxy Event Horizon Telescope
Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, has been imaged for the first time by a research team using the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). Despite not being able to see the the black hole itself due to it being completely dark, we do see the glowing gas around, which reveals a a dark central region (shadow) surrounded by a bright ring-like structure.