NASA Image of the Day 1 January 2023: LARGEST Rock in Solar System! | Tech News

NASA Image of the Day 1 January 2023: LARGEST Rock in Solar System!

The image of the largest rock in our solar system captured by Voyager 1 is the NASA Image of the Day. What is the name of this rock? Know here.

| Updated on: Jan 01 2023, 15:49 IST
What is your favourite Hubble Telescope image? NASA wants to know
NASA image of the day
1/5 If you are interested in space, you must be excited about all the images shared by the various space telescopes. In 2022, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured and shared several beautiful images. And NASA wants to know which one is your favourite Hubble Telescope image of 2022? In its latest Twitter post, NASA's Hubble Telescope has shared 4 images released in 2022 and has asked to vote for your favourite image. It can be known that the four images shared by the Hubble Space Telescope are of DEM L 190, NGC 976, HCG 40, and Terzan 2. (Hubble Space Telescope)
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2/5 DEM L 190, is a remnant from a massive star that died in a supernova blast whose light would have reached Earth thousands of years ago. This filamentary material will eventually be recycled into building new generations of stars. Our own sun and planets are constructed from similar debris of supernovae that exploded in the Milky Way billions of years ago, according to NASA. (Hubble Space Telescope)
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3/5 The galaxy NGC 976 lies around 150 million light-years from the Milky Way in the constellation Aries. Despite its tranquil appearance, NGC 976 has played host to one of the most violent astronomical phenomena known – a supernova explosion. These cataclysmically violent events take place at the end of the lives of massive stars and can outshine entire galaxies for a short period. While supernovae mark the deaths of massive stars, they are also responsible for the creation of heavy elements that are incorporated into later generations of stars and planets. (Hubble Space Telescope)
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4/5 The Hickson Compact Group 40 (HCG 40) is an unusual close-knit collection of five galaxies. This menagerie includes three spiral-shaped galaxies, an elliptical galaxy, and a lenticular (lens-like) galaxy. Somehow, these different galaxies crossed paths in their evolution to create an exceptionally crowded and eclectic galaxy sampler. Caught in a leisurely gravitational dance, the whole group is so crowded that it could fit within a region of space that is less than twice the diameter of our Milky Way's stellar disk. (Hubble Space Telescope)
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5/5 The Terzan 2 is a globular cluster in the constellation Scorpio. Globular clusters are stable, tightly gravitationally bound clusters of tens of thousands to millions of stars found in a wide variety of galaxies. The intense gravitational attraction between the closely packed stars gives globular clusters a regular, spherical shape. As a result, images of the hearts of globular clusters, such as this observation of Terzan 2, are crowded with a multitude of glittering stars. (Hubble Space Telescope)
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NASA's image of the day depicts the largest rock in our solar system. (NASA)

NASA lets you discover something new in the cosmos every day! The space agency drops a new image of some part of our fascinating universe along with a brief explanation by an astronomer. Today, on the first day of the New Year, 2023, NASA has shared the image of the largest rock in our solar system. Have you seen that small dot on the right side of the light's streak? Yes, that is the largest rock in our solar system! It is famously called Pale Blue Dot. NASA claims that it is larger than every known asteroid, moon, and comet nucleus. It is even larger than any other local rocky planet. This image was captured by NASA's technological marvel Voyager 1 spacecraft in 1990 from the outer Solar System.

NASA explains the photo of the day, “This rock is so large its gravity makes it into a large ball that holds heavy gases near its surface.” However, it must be noted that it used to be the largest known rock of any type until the recent discoveries of large dense planets orbiting other stars. NASA further explained, “Today, this rock starts another orbit around its parent star, for roughly the 5 billionth time, spinning over 350 times during each trip. Happy Gregorian Calendar New Year to all inhabitants of this rock we call Earth. ” Yes, this pale blue dot, or "The Rock", is none other than our own planet Earth!

History of NASA's Voyager 1

Back in 1977, the twin spacecraft Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 were launched by NASA in from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Originally, the Voyagers aimed to conduct closeup studies of Jupiter and Saturn, their rings, and the larger moons of the two planets. Now, Voyager 1 has crossed into the heliosheath and is leaving the solar system, and rising above the ecliptic plane at an angle of about 35 degrees at a rate of about 520 million kilometers which is about 320 million miles a year.

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First Published Date: 01 Jan, 15:48 IST