This image was taken by Messenger spacecraft around 183 million kilometers (114 million miles) away from Earth. Our home planet and Moon seem so close that they look somewhat like a binary star.
Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington. 2011. Full description here.
Stars Bursting In The Night Sky
Australian photographer Lincoln Harris collection ‘Star trails’, surreal swirls in the sky, created from a multitude of long-exposure shots and the effect of the Earth’s rotation.
The hunter’s moon—also known as sanguine moon—is the first full moon after the harvest moon, which is the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox.
Here the Moonlight Illuminates Ice crystals in the upper atmosphere to give a rainbow halo effect around the Moon. Also known as a Lunar Corona.
Taken last night in my Garden with a Canon 550D and Canon 100-400 L is lens.
Credit James Dyson
Location Warrington Cheshire England
This is roughly the view of our neighbouring brightest galaxies if you were 20 million light years away from ‘home’ (red dot). A closer view reveals the closest neighbours as well. In a very small distance there are two galaxies surrounding the Milky Way, the Large and the Small Mangelanic Clouds.
I created this 3D map with Mathematica.
Data collected from atlasoftheuniverse.
Black hole consumes a star
this honestly scares me
At first I thought it was a weird stretch pizza, but this is so much better.
Starless Nebula NGC6188 in Narrowband by Fred Vanderhaven
NGC 6188 is an emission nebula located about 4,000 light years away in the constellation Ara. The bright open cluster NGC 6193, visible to the naked eye, is responsible for a region of reflection nebulosity within NGC 6188.
What created such enormous craters on the Moon’s nearside?
Earth’s moon has been blasted by a lot of space rocks in its 4.5-billion-year history. While these impacts have left a near-uniform distribution of craters across our satellite’s surface, planetary scientists have shown that one of its sides – the side that faces Earth – bears significantly larger scars than the other. How can this be?
what did earth say to the other planets?
wow. you guys have no life.
oh my god
also: SPACE SHEETS
i literally can’t imagine a scenario where a person wouldn’t want these
The latest observations from professional and amateur astronomers around the world show that the comet ISON is still very much alive, and new data suggests that it may very well survive its close swing by the Sun on November 28.
This is good news, since if it survives, the comet ISON would blossom into a naked-eye comet, sporting a long, beautiful tail across the sky. Comets are notoriously unpredictable and can surprise even experts, so for now it’s anyone’s guess what ISON will do. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Click images for authors/credit.
Image: Quadruple moons transiting Saturn.
The giant orange moon Titan, at the top right is larger than the planet Mercury, and the second largest moon in the solar system after Jupiter’s moon Ganymede. Titan is the only moon in our solar system known to have a dense atmosphere, and the only place other than Earth where stable bodies of surface liquid have been found.
Three icy moons are also visible, with Enceladus and Dione at the left and Mimas on the far right.
This picture was taken with Hubble’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 on 24 February 2009, when Saturn was at a distance of roughly 1.25 billion kilometres from Earth.
If you look at the Sun (which you shouldn’t, ever), you just see white light (for the second or so before your retinas are permanently scorched. That’s a mixture of all wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum that our eyes respond to, between 390 and 700 nanometers (or about 3,900 to 7,000 angstroms). And there is a lot we can learn about the Sun by viewing it in that range, from studying its undulating surface swirls to its rotation.
But scientists at places like NASA can learn even more by extending their “eyes” beyond the visible.That’s what this new mosaic from the Solar Dynamics Observatory shows us. It represents all of SDO’s detectable wavelengths and the ions and temperatures that those wavelengths represent. Viewing each of those can tell us a deeper, richer story of the solar physics at work in and on the fusion-powered energy source that feeds our planet.
I’ve captured the false colored hues that NASA scientists assign to each and put it in a digital palette. I can’t help but feel a bit amazed at not only the extreme temperatures at play (millions of Kelvin!) but also the extreme beauty. Our Sun is the best sun.
If other planets were at the same distance as our moon
An extraterrestrial visitor examining the differences among human societies would find those differences trivial compared to the similarities.
Our lives, our past and our future are tied to the sun, the moon and the stars. We humans have seen the atoms which constitute all of nature and the forces that sculpted this work; and we, who embody the local eyes and ears and thoughts and feelings of the cosmos, have begun to wonder about our origins — star stuff contemplating the stars, organized collections of 10 billion billion billion atoms, contemplating the evolution of nature, tracing that long path by which it arrived at consciousness here on the planet Earth. Our loyalties are to the species and to the planet. Our obligation to survive and flourish is owed not just to ourselves but also to that cosmos ancient and vast from which we spring.
We are one species.
We are star stuff harvesting star light.
Carl Sagan, 1934 - 1996