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Tuesday December 2nd 2014

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Enceladus

Enceladus

The Cassini spacecraft watches over the northern latitudes of Saturn's geologically active moon Enceladus while the planet's rings peek through in the distance in this snapshot. What a great shot!

Bioluminescence and Star Trails

Bioluminescence and Star Trails

I recently came across this image of bioluminescence in the Gippsland Lakes. My first impression when I saw this was that it was a great photoshop image. Take a closer look at it appears to be the real deal. You can read  the full story on Phils Harts Blog to find out what is behind the images. There is also a selection of pictures in the [...]

Journey through the Solar System

Journey through the Solar System

When I heard that Kepler had some candidate planets in the habitable zone of their stars I wondered what it would be like in those distant solar systems. This got me interested in looking at some of the best images of our own planetary system and from that came this video. Please feel free to forward and share. This is a journey through our solar [...]

Great Sites for Astronomy Pictures

Great Sites for Astronomy Pictures

Here are my top sites for new and exciting astronomical photos. APOD: NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day Jan-Erik Ovaldsen: Acclaimed Norewegian astrophysicist, author and astronomy evangelist The Universe Today: Great news and photos on a daily basis Astronomy Online: Ricky Leon Murphy's first stop astronomy resource site Wide Field [...]

Images of the the Orion Nebula

Images of the the Orion Nebula

The Orion Nebula (Messier 42, M42, or NGC 1976) is a diffuse nebula situated south of Orion's Belt. It is one of the brightest nebulae, and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky.  Here are some great images of the Nebula. A colony of hot, young stars is stirring up the cosmic scene in this new picture from NASA's Spitzer Space [...]

APOD: M27

APOD: M27

While hunting for comets in the skies above 18th century France, astronomer Charles Messier diligently kept a list of the things he encountered that were definitely not comets. This is number 27 on his now famous not-a-comet list. In fact, 21st century astronomers would identify it as a planetary nebula, but it's not a planet either, even [...]

Images of Jupiter

Images of Jupiter

Jupiter, the most massive planet in our solar system -- with dozens of moons and an enormous magnetic field -- forms a kind of miniature solar system. Jupiter does resemble a star in composition, but it did not grow big enough to ignite. The planet's swirling cloud stripes are punctuated by massive storms such as the Great Red Spot, which has [...]

Map of Magnetic Field Lines of the Sun

Map of Magnetic Field Lines of the Sun

Source: Universe Today: "The Solar Dynamic Observatory shows this new image of the Sun's magnetic field lines. This map is from data taken on August 20, 2010 by the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager instrument (HMI). White lines show fields that are closed, not releasing solar wind, and gold lines show open fields, letting solar wind escape. [...]

Images of Earth

Images of Earth

 Here are 5 amazing photos of the Earth. This photo of a total solar eclipse was taken from the International Space Station on March 29, 2006. The photo was taken by a crew member of the Expedition 12 mission. The island of Cyprus and the coast of Turkey can be seen from the image.  STS-29 Onboard photo - External Tank [...]

Spectacular Galactic Collision

Spectacular Galactic Collision

A new image of two tangled galaxies has been released by NASA's Great Observatories. The Antennae galaxies, located about 62 million light-years from Earth, are shown in this composite image from the Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue), the Hubble Space Telescope (gold and brown), and the Spitzer Space Telescope (red). The Antennae galaxies take [...]

A Bow Shock Near a Young Star

A Bow Shock Near a Young Star

The bow shock around the very young star, LL Ori. Named for the crescent-shaped wave made by a ship as it moves through water, a bow shock can be created in space when two streams of gas collide. LL Ori emits a vigorous solar wind, a stream of charged particles moving rapidly outward from the star. Our own Sun has a less energetic version of [...]

Young Star Cluster Westerlund 2

Young Star Cluster Westerlund 2

Dusty stellar nursery RCW 49 surrounds young star cluster Westerlund 2 in this remarkable composite skyscape from beyond the visible spectrum of light. Infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope is shown in black and white, complimenting the Chandra X-ray image data (in false color) of the hot energetic stars within the cluster's central [...]

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