“This is for our friend Sara Bareilles who seems to have a soft spot for and likes to sing about Cassiopeia A supernova,” the Instagram post read. That is, of course, a reference to Bareilles’ song “Cassiopeia,” off her Grammy-winning 2013 album The Blessed Unrest, embedded below for your listening pleasure.

NASA Goddard’s Instagram account has 1.4 million followers, which is quite a lot on its own. The main NASA Instagram account has 11.3 million followers. But when Bareilles caught wind of the image, she tweeted it out to her 3.3 million followers. Just like that, its audience more than doubled.

Make no mistake, this was a strategic decision by the wise internet wizards at NASA. Bareilles, who’s active on social media, has tweeted about space things before. NASA probably figured that she was likely to share the image to her many followers if she was tagged in it.

Other US government agencies, take note. This is how you make the people think you’re cool. Perhaps next will be this:

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