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By Doris Elin Salazar   2019-08-24T12:19:55Z Spaceflight  

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[Image: galaxies being pulled together by gravitational pull]  
(Image: © ESA/Hubble/NASA/A. Evans)
Two galaxies join each other in a gravitational dance, a cosmic jellyfish floats in space and India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission snaps its first picture of the moon. These are just some of the top space photos this week on Space.com.

Chandrayaan-2 snaps its first picture of the moon
[Image: India's Chandrayaan-2 mission captured this photograph of the moon on Aug. 21, 2019.]  

(Image credit: ISRO)
India’s Chandrayaan-2 entered lunar orbit around a month after it launched and snapped its first picture of the moon’s surface on Wednesday (Aug. 21). The mission aims to land near the moon’s south pole by Sept. 6, however, the image shows the far side of the moon — the area that contains the Apollo crater and Mare Orientalis.


Two galaxies caught in a dance
[Image: galaxies being pulled together by gravitational pull]  

(Image credit: ESA/Hubble/NASA/A. Evans)
The Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of two galaxies caught in a cosmic dance, as the mutual gravitational attraction pulls them closer to each other. The slow-motion galaxy collision, which scientists call UGC 2369, is about 424 million light-years away.


Seagull nebula flies across the night sky
[Image: Flying through the cosmos some 3,400 light-years away from Earth is a bird-shaped cloud of dust and gas known as the Seagull Nebula, or Sharpless 2-296. The European Southern Observatory's VLT Survey Telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile captured this new view of the cosmic seagull, which is rich with new star formation.]  

(Image credit: ESO/VPHAS/N.J. Wright (Keele University))
This purple-and-orange hued image from the European Southern Observatory's VLT Survey Telescope shows the Seagull Nebula, made up of three gas clouds, a region of starbirth some 3,700 light-years away from Earth. The nebula appears like a flying seagull, spreading its wings across the sky.


Astronaut rocks Artemis logo during spacewalk
[Image: NASA astronaut Nick Hague sports an Artemis program logo during his spacewalk on Aug. 22, 2019.]  

(Image credit: NASA)
Astronaut Nick Hague sported the mission patch for the Artemis moon program during a spacewalk on August 21. NASA unveiled the logo for Artemis last month, ahead of the planned mission to the moon by 2024. The patch shows a dramatic white "A" floating in black space above a blue horizon that represents Earth.


Cosmic jellyfish floats in space

This image captured by Hubble Space Telescope shows what happens when an old star, similar in size to the sun, grows old and casts off layers of gas. The red giant star, known as NGC 2022, appears like a cosmic jellyfish floating in space.



Fires ravage Amazon rainforest
[Image: Following continuing wildfires in the Amazon rainforest, NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP satellite captured a natural-color image of smoke above South America using the VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) instrument on Wednesday (Aug. 21).]  

(Image credit: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS))
NASA captures satellite images of the fires raging through the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. The fires have been ablaze for weeks now, and have so far reached a number of Brazilian states, including Amazonas, Para, Mato Grosso and Rondonia, and the tropical forests of Bolivia. 


A closeup of Jupiter

(Image credit: NASA/ESA/A. Simon-Miller (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center))
Jupiter's Great Red Spot and several smaller storms are revealed in intricate detail in this new close-up image from the Hubble Space Telescope. Astronomers used imagery from the telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 to stitch together this flat, stretched-out map of the entire planet. 

Earth’s glowing, red skin
[Image: Astronaut Luca Parmitano tweeted this image of the African continent today.]  

(Image credit: Luca Parmitano/NASA/Twitter)
Astronaut Luca Parmitano captured this stunning view of the African continent from the International Space Station, as he marveled at the 'skin of Earth.' The image shows off Africa's red soil, a type of clay enriched with iron and aluminum, which covers large areas of the continent. (However, Parmitano did not specify which part of Africa he was flying over.) 

A tiny meteor spotted in the Milky Way
[Image: Can you spot the meteor in the Milky Way? After taking this photo of the night sky over Mount Rainier in Washington state on July 30, astrophotographer Tony Corso was surprised to find a tiny trail of a meteor near the center of this image. Look for the short streaker on the right edge of the Milky Way's dusty band. The meteor was likely a member of either the Southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower or the Alpha Capricornids, both of which peaked at the end of July. It could have also been a Perseid meteor, although that shower didn't peak until about two weeks later.]  

(Image credit: Tony Corso)
Astrophotographer Tony Corso found a tiny trail of a meteor near the center of this image after snapping this photo of the night sky over Mount Rainier in Washington state. The meteor was likely a member of either the Southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower or the Alpha Capricornids, both of which peaked at the end of July. It could have also been a Perseid meteor, although that shower didn't peak until about two weeks later.

Solar eclipse throwback
[Image: The Great American Solar Eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017, as seen over Madras, Oregon. ]  

(Image credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)
Two years ago on August 21, a rare coast-to-coast total solar eclipse swept across the continental United States, briefly turning day into night for millions of spectators from Oregon to South Carolina. ESO photographer Petr Horálek created this stunning composite of the moon and the sun's corona during totality by combining many exposures of varying duration.

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