Deep space

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope shows brilliant blue stars wreathed by warm, glowing clouds. The festive portrait is the most detailed view of a young stellar grouping, called R136 in the 30 Doradus Nebula. [NASA, ESA, F. Paresce- INAF-IASF (Italy), R. O’Connell- University of Virginia & Wide Field Camera 3 Science Oversight Committee]

A tiny moon called Epimetheus is seen above Saturn’s rings and in front of the larger moon Titan, in this picture captured by NASA’s robotic Cassini spacecraft. [NASA]

Light echo from Star V838 Monocerotis, December 17, 2002. [NASA, H.E. Bond- STScI & ESA]

A picture from the HiRISE camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows dust trails caused by miniature wind vortices occurring on the red planet, or Martian ‘dust devils’. [NASA]

The Crab Nebula, one of the most studied objects in the sky. X-ray data from Chandra provide significant clues to the workings of this mighty cosmic “generator” which is producing energy at the rate of 100,000 suns. [AP/NASA]

HST/WFPC2 image of Jupiter and Ganymede taken on April 9, 2007. [NASA, ESA, & E. Karkoschka- University of Arizona]

The majestic Sombrero Galaxy or M104. A brilliant white core encircled by thick dust lanes in this spiral galaxy, seen edge-on. The galaxy is 50,000 light-years across and 28 million light years from Earth. [NASA & Hubble Heritage Team: STScI/AURA]

This image, taken by the refurbished Hubble Space Telescope, shows stars bursting to life in the chaotic Carina Nebula. [NASA, ESA & Hubble SM4 ERO Team]

Detail of Saturn’s rings, disk and shadow. [NASA, ESA & E. Karkoschka- University of Arizona]

Cone Nebula or NGC 2264 showing star-forming pillar of gas and dust. Radiation from hot stars off the top of the picture illuminates and erodes this giant, gaseous pillar. Additional ultraviolet radiation causes the gas to glow, giving the pillar its red halo of light. [NASA, H. Ford- JHU, G. Illingworth- UCSC/LO, M. Clampin & G. Hartig- STScI, ACS Science Team & ESA]

The small, blue galaxy visible in the upper left corner of the Tadpole ripped through the larger spiral galaxy, distorting it and pulling out a long tail of stars, gas and dust. Young blue star clusters, spawned by the collision, are evident in the tail and spiral arms. [NASA, H. Ford- JHU, G. Illingworth- UCSC/LO, Campin & G. Hartig- STScI, ACS Science Team & ESA]

Space shuttle Atlantis is seen in silhouette during solar transit. [NASA]


[Sources: Telegraph & Hubble Site]


Written by Offbeatism [LMD]

February 17, 2010 at 1:46 am

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