Archive for the ‘Photos’ Category

A Song of Ice and Light


(NASA JPL) – Saturn‘s moon Enceladus drifts before the rings and the tiny moon Pandora in this view captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on Nov. 1, 2009. The entire scene is backlit by the Sun, providing striking illumination for the icy particles that make up both the rings and the jets emanating from the south pole of Enceladus …

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NASA JPL: PIA17144: A Song of Ice and Light


Shells and Star Streams


(APoD) – What’s happening to galaxy NGC 474? The multiple layers of emission appear strangely complex and unexpected given the relatively featureless appearance of the elliptical galaxy in less deep images. The cause of the shells possibly is tidal tails related to debris left over from absorbing numerous small galaxies in the past billion years. …


NGC 474

Earthshine From a Young Moon


(APoD) – This stunning image of earthshine from a young crescent moon was taken from Las Campanas Observatory, Atacama Desert, Chile …


Yuri Beletsky: Old Moon in the New Moon's Arms

Falcon 9 Launch and Landing


(APoD) – A composite of three consecutive exposures, this night skyscape by John Kraus follows the January 7 launch and first stage landing of a Falcon 9 rocket …


John Kraus: Falcon 9 Launch and Landing

SpaceX Rocket Launch Plume over California


(APoD) – The photogenic launch plume from a SpaceX rocket launch created quite a spectacle over parts of southern California and Arizona.

A Falcon 9 rocket successfully delivered to low Earth orbit ten Iridium NEXT satellites that are part of a developing global communications network. …

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SpaceX launch 2017-12-22

Lumiere Festival Lights Up Durham


(Guardian Art) – Christopher Thomond:

The fifth biennial edition of Lumiere, the UK’s largest lights festival, this year features 28 installations across Durham city centre. …

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Lumiere festival

Magnificent Chaos at Jupiter’s Poles


(Syfy Wire::Bad Astronomy) – Phil Plait:

On October 24, 2017, the Juno spacecraft swung low over Jupiter’s poles for the ninth time. Accelerating by the giant planet’s powerful gravity to the nearly unbelievable velocity of 60 kilometers per second — fast enough to cross the continental United States in a minute and a half — it screamed over the cloud tops, taking scientific data to send back to Earth.

It also took a series of images using the JunoCam, a camera designed not for science but for public outreach. These shots of the solar system’s largest planet are meant primarily to excite the public about astronomy and planetary science, with the science itself being secondary. …

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Jupiter's northern latitudes

The Star That Refused to Die


(Atlantic Science) – Marina Koren:

Astronomers have discovered a zombie supernova that defies every known theory of star death. …

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Supernova remnant

Hawaii 1, Trump 0


(Patheos::Dispatches) – Ed Brayton:

On his way to Asia for a long trip, Donald Trump stopped in Hawaii and got trolled in the most hilarious way. Referencing his long support for birtherism, protesters showed up at the airport with signs saying “Welcome to Kenya.”

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POTUS, Welcome to Kenya

5 NASA Photos that Changed the World


(Starts With A Bang!) – Ethan Siegel:

From the most beautiful to the most impactful, some of these are so powerful it’s breathtaking. …

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Apollo 8 Earthrise