The beauty of astronomical space


The beauty of astronomical space

From the earth to the bottom of the universe


Earth (Italy), view of International Space Station, Space

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The lights of cities on earth, in its dark half

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The earth and the moon, with the lights of the sun

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Earth, seen from the surface of the moon

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Night sky with moon and stars

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Mercury Planet

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Mars, red star

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Rock-strewn surface imaged by Mars Pathfinder

Surface with rocks everywhere photographed by Mars Pathfinder

The Twin Peaks are modest-size hills to the southwest of the Mars Pathfinder landing site. They were discovered on the first panoramas taken by the IMP camera on the 4th of July, 1997, and subsequently identified in Viking Orbiter images taken over 20 years ago. The peaks are approximately 30-35 meters (-100 feet) tall. North Twin is approximately 860 meters (2800 feet) from the lander, and South Twin is about a kilometer away (3300 feet). The scene includes bouldery ridges and swales or “hummocks” of flood debris that range from a few tens of meters away from the lander to the distance of the South Twin Peak.

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High-resolution MVIC image of Pluto in enhanced color to bring out differences in surface composition

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft captured this high-resolution enhanced color view of Pluto on July 14, 2015. The image combines blue, red and infrared images taken by the Ralph/Multispectral Visual Imaging Camera (MVIC). Pluto’s surface sports a remarkable range of subtle colors, enhanced in this view to a rainbow of pale blues, yellows, oranges, and deep reds. Many landforms have their own distinct colors, telling a complex geological and climatological story that scientists have only just begun to decode. The image resolves details and colors on scales as small as 0.8 miles (1.3 kilometers). The viewer is encouraged to zoom in on the image on a larger screen to fully appreciate the complexity of Pluto’s surface features.



A fish-eye mosaic of the Milky Way (our galaxy) arching at a high inclination across the night sky, shot from a dark-sky location in Chile

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The Antennae Galaxies are undergoing a collision that will result in their eventual merger.

This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the Antennae galaxies (NGC 4038 & 4039) is the sharpest yet of this merging pair of galaxies. During the course of the collision, billions of stars will be formed. The brightest and most compact of these star birth regions are called super star clusters.” “ The two spiral galaxies started to interact a few hundred million years ago, making the Antennae galaxies one of the nearest and youngest examples of a pair of colliding galaxies. Nearly half of the faint objects in the Antennae image are young clusters containing tens of thousands of stars. The orange blobs to the left and right of image center are the two cores of the original galaxies and consist mainly of old stars criss-crossed by filaments of dust, which appear brown in the image. The two galaxies are dotted with brilliant blue star-forming regions surrounded by glowing hydrogen gas, appearing in the image in pink.”



M82, a starburst galaxy that has ten times the star formation of a “normal” galaxy

Pour célébrer les 16 ans de succès du Hubble Space Télescope, les deux agences spatiales impliquées dans le projet, la NASA et l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA) publient cette image de la magnifique Starburst Galaxy Messier 82 (M82). Cette image en mosaïque est la vue grand angle la plus forte jamais obtenue de M82. La galaxie est remarquable pour son disque bleu lumineux, ses toiles de nuages déchiquetés et ses panneaux d’ardente apparition d’hydrogène brillant hors de ses régions centrales. Dans le centre de la galaxie, de jeunes stars sont nées 10 fois plus vite qu’elles ne le sont dans notre galaxie tout entière. La concentration énorme résultante de jeunes étoiles a été creusée dans le gaz et la poussière au centre de la galaxie. Le froid du superwind galactique généré à partir de ces étoiles comprime assez de gaz pour créer des millions d’étoiles de plus.



The central part of the Tarantula Nebula

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