NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day 8 January 2023: Wow! Origin of water in body, periodic table | Tech News

NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day 8 January 2023: Wow! Origin of water in body, periodic table

Surprisingly, NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day is not a spectacular view of the cosmos, but a periodic table! Read on to know why.

| Updated on: Jan 08 2023, 17:26 IST
Wolf Moon rising! Check out the gorgeous pictures
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1/5 Missed watching the first full Moon or Wolf Moon of the year? A glimpse of the first full Moon of the year 2023, also known as Wolf Moon, which reached peak illumination on January 6, has been shared by NASA Artemis over its Twitter handle. The image has been captured by NASA's Orion Spacecraft as it was preparing for a return trajectory correction during the Artemis I mission. (NASA)
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2/5 Why it is called Wolf Moon: Usually, the names of the full moons are inspired by the active seasons, weather or animals during the time of their arrival. The Wolf Moon is named after howling wolves. The event happens in the month of January. It is also known as Ice Moon, Cold Moon, Frost Exploding Moon, Freeze Up Moon, Hard Moon and even Severe Moon. (AFP)
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3/5 The Moon also appeared full on January 7. NASA informed that the evening after the full Moon, which is January 7, the moon will rise around 7 degrees on the other side of the bright star Pollux. "The Moon will appear full for about 3 days around this time, from Thursday evening through Sunday morning," NASA's Solar System Exploration said. (AFP)
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4/5 In the Hindu calendar this full Moon is Shakambhari Purnima, the last day in the 8-day Shakambari Navratri holiday that celebrates the Goddess Shakambhari. In the Purnimanta tradition that ends months on the full Moon day, this full Moon is Paush Purnima, the last day of the Hindu month of Paush. The day after Paush Purnima is the start of the month of Magha, a period of austerity. This full Moon corresponds with the Thiruvathira festival celebrated by Hindus in the Indian states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, according to a report by Solar System Exploration. (AFP)
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5/5 A full moon happens when the moon is exactly on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun. Moreover, the full Moon is important for many, whether due to religious and cultural reasons or purely scientific reasons such as checking for high tides. Including this one, there are a total of 13 full moons in 2023. The next will be on February 6, known as Snow moon. (AFP)
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NASA's picture of the day presents a periodic table to show where the human body’s elements came from. (Data: Jennifer Johnson (OSU)) (Image Credit & License: Wikipedia: Cmglee)

Each day, NASA features a different image of our fascinating universe along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. Today, the image neither features any breathtaking image of a galaxy in the deep cosmos nor reveals an unseen image of our biggest star, our Sun. Instead, NASA dedicated today's astronomy picture of the day to the periodic table of elements. If you can recall your chemistry classes in school, then it is the same periodic table, but with a slight twist! NASA's shared periodic table is colour coded to indicate humanity's best guess as to the nuclear origin of all known elements. In other words, it represents "Where your elements came from."

Big Bang fusion, Cosmic ray fission to exploding massive stars, the table explains it all. According to the colour code representation of the periodic table, Helium and Hydrogen are the elements from the Big Bang fusion. While Beryllium and Boron are from the Cosmic ray fission. While sharing the photo, NASA gives an explanation of the origin of water in the human body, it writes, “The hydrogen in your body, present in every molecule of water, came from the Big Bang. There are no other appreciable sources of hydrogen in the universe.” Similarly, “the carbon in your body was made by nuclear fusion in the interior of stars, as was oxygen. Much of the iron in your body was made during supernovas of stars that occurred long ago and far away.”

Not just human body's elements, NASA also explained the origin of gold in your jewellery which is likely made from neutron stars during collisions that may have been visible as short-duration gamma-ray bursts or gravitational wave events. The available elements such as phosphorus and copper are present in human bodies in only small amounts but are essential to the functioning of all known life.

Did you know?

The periodic table has 118 confirmed elements. Among those, 90 elements can be found in nature, while others are strictly man-made. And you know what? Technetium is the first man-made element

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First Published Date: 08 Jan, 17:25 IST