Tag: cosmos

Jan 23, 2015

Night Sky Timelapse with Stars Fixed Shows We’re Just a Rock Hurtling Through Space

Night Sky Timelapse with Stars Fixed Shows We’re Just a Rock Hurtling Through Space

In this stabilized time-lapse, the stars’ position in the night sky is fixed so you can get a sense of our planet’s movement through space. And now it’s time for some mind-boggling figures: – Earth rotates around its axis (at the Equator) at roughly 460 meters/second (503 yards/second) – Earth orbits around our Sun…

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Jan 9, 2015

Deep Zoom Into Andromeda: Exploring the Largest Hubble Image Ever Taken

Deep Zoom Into Andromeda: Exploring the Largest Hubble Image Ever Taken

It’s like photographing a beach and resolving individual grains of sand. NASA recently released the largest Hubble Space Telescope image ever assembled, displaying sweeping views of a portion of the Andromeda galaxy (M31). Though the galaxy is over 2 million light-years away, the Hubble telescope is powerful enough to resolve individual stars in a…

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Jan 6, 2015

Picture of the Day: Pillars of Creation Redux

Picture of the Day: Pillars of Creation Redux

Photograph by NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) Although NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has taken many breathtaking images of the universe, one snapshot stands out from the rest: the iconic view of the so-called “Pillars of Creation.” The jaw-dropping photo, taken in 1995, revealed never-before-seen details of three giant columns of cold…

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Oct 6, 2014

Finland Night Photography by Mikko Lagerstedt

Finland Night Photography by Mikko Lagerstedt

Finnish photographer Mikko Lagerstedt recently released night II, a collection of night time photographs captured in Finland in 2013 and 2014. Many of the stunning images below are multiple exposures to enhance the clarity in the foreground, background and night sky above. Night II is the latest in a budding portfolio of atmospheric landscape…

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May 16, 2014

Picture of the Day: Cosmic Fairy Lights

Picture of the Day: Cosmic Fairy Lights

COSMIC FAIRY LIGHTS Photograph by ESA/NASA [Cosmic Fairy Lights] This sparkling jumble is Messier 5 — a globular cluster consisting of hundreds of thousands of stars bound together by their collective gravity. But Messier 5 is no normal globular cluster. At 13 billion years old it dates back to close to the…

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Mar 13, 2014

NASA Celebrates ‘Cosmos’ Reboot with Amazing Set of Space Images

NASA Celebrates ‘Cosmos’ Reboot with Amazing Set of Space Images

This past Sunday (9 March 2014) marked the premier of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the new 13-part Cosmos is a 21st-century follow-up to the landmark 1980 series hosted by famed astronomer Carl Sagan, who passed in 1996. The reboot was written by Ann Druyan (Sagn’s widow) and Steven…

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Nov 29, 2013

Picture of the Day: This Star Cluster is 12 Billion Years Old

Picture of the Day: This Star Cluster is 12 Billion Years Old

THIS STAR CLUSTER IS 12 BILLION YEARS OLD Photograph by NASA/ESA [NASA/ESA] – This cluster of stars is known as Messier 15, and is located some 35 000 light-years away in the constellation of Pegasus (The Winged Horse). It is one of the oldest globular clusters known, with an age of around…

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Aug 13, 2013

Picture of the Day: A Rose Made of Galaxies

Picture of the Day: A Rose Made of Galaxies

A ROSE MADE OF GALAXIES Photograph by NASA/ESA/STScI/AURA In celebration of the 21st anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope’s deployment into space, astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., pointed Hubble’s eye to an especially photogenic group of interacting galaxies called Arp 273. The larger of the spiral galaxies,…

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Feb 23, 2013

Picture of the Day: The Sombrero Galaxy

Picture of the Day: The Sombrero Galaxy

THE SOMBRERO GALAXY Photograph by NASA/ESA & the Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope trained its razor-sharp eye on one of the Universe’s most stately and photogenic galaxies, the Sombrero Galaxy, Messier 104 (M104). The galaxy’s hallmark is a brilliant white, bulbous core encircled by the thick dust lanes comprising…

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Oct 23, 2012

Planetary Patterns on the Surfaces of Soap Bubbles

Planetary Patterns on the Surfaces of Soap Bubbles

Visual communication magazine Creative Review commissioned photographer Jason Tozer to shoot a series of soap bubbles to test out the capabilities of a Sony D-SLR. All of the stunning results below were created ‘in-camera’, meaning filters and effects were not applied in post-production. To achieve the planetary like images, Tozer began by blowing through…

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