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NASA's Astrophoto Challenges

Try your hand at processing images from NASA's telescopes, or capture and process your own! These videos highlight the galaxy M87, host to a supermassive black hole, and the subject of the 2021 challenge.
May 2nd, 2022

NASA's Astrophoto Challenges 2022 - Introduction

This video introduces NASA's Astrophoto Challenges for the summer of 2022, which feature images of the massive star Eta Carinae and the surrounding Carina Nebula. Learn how you can make your very own astronomical image!
May 2nd, 2022

NASA's Astrophoto Challenges 2022 - Understanding Eta Carinae and the Carina Nebula

What happened to make the star Eta Carinae become the second brightest star in the sky in 1843? Why did it then dim over the next century and once again brighten? Join astronomers Rudy Montez, Joy Nichols, and Nathan Smith as they dive into the mysteries of this strange star and the incredible nebula that surrounds it. Then make your very own image of this incredible region!
July 1st, 2021

NASA's Astrophoto Challenges 2021 - Introduction

Watch this overview video to learn how to participate in the Astrophoto Challenges. You might also learn a thing or two about M87, and how you can find this object out in the night sky.
July 1st, 2021

NASA's Astrophoto Challenges - NASA Data Challenge

Expert astronomers explore M87 at different wavelengths of light. All of the NASA images that the experts discuss here are available for you to work with in the NASA Data Challenge. Find them in the Challenge Images menu of JS9-4L.