Beauty of the Universe II - Colors
Images must be woven together from the incoming data from the cameras, cleaned up and given colors that bring out features that eyes would otherwise miss. In this video from HubbleSite, a Hubble-imaged galaxy comes together on the screen.
Astronomers studying a newborn star have caught a detailed glimpse of planets forming around it, revealing a never-before seen stage of planetary evolution.
Large gas giant planets appear to be clearing a gap in the disk of material surrounding the star, and using gravity to channel material across the gap to the interior, helping the star to grow. Theoretical simulations have predicted such bridges between outer and inner portions of disks surrounding stars, but none have been directly observed until now. - Continue reading at Live Science.
Pictured is an artist’s impression and shows the disk of gas and cosmic dust around the young star HD 142527. Actual photograph can be seen here.
Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/M.Kornmesser (ESO)
Ed note: This newly discovered Earth-like planet could be habitable.
STUNNING PHOTOS FROM SPACE: CAPTURED BY THE HUBBLE
Pretty unbelievable photos of a vast and expansive universe, where our solar system is just a tiny speck in the middle of everything. the Hubble website
- Spitzer and Hubble Create Colorful Masterpiece
- Hubble’s Sharpest View of the Orion Nebula
- Wide View of ‘Mystic Mountain’
- The Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud
- Merging Clusters in 30 Doradus (Non-annotated)
8 Minutes of the Earth’s Rotation
How I wish our planet’s movement was this apparent while staring at the night sky. It could probably make a lot more people realize just how tiny we are compared to this vast unexplored galaxy above our heads.
This is a stack of 70 pictures with a 5 second exposure each at ISO 3200 and f/2.2.
Photographed by: Paolo Nacpil
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Individual images taken of Venus in one year to create a full curve. The summer solstice being at the top, winter solstice at the bottom, and equinox where they lines cross.
The Earth at Night by NASA
We’re now able to see “Unprecedented” new views of what our incredible Earth looks like at night. NASA’s scientists have just unveiled these never-before-seen photos that are global composites of the Earth. (They’ve called it the Black Marble.) Last year, a new sensor, called VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite), was launched aboard the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership Satellite, which, amazingly is sensitive enough to detect the light from a single ship in the sea.
When it comes to truly awesome things, it’s hard to find anything that can compete with our sun, that great big ball of plasma at the center of our solar system. The incredible images seen here show a massive eruption that took place on the sun just a few months ago:
“On August 31, 2012 a long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona, erupted out into space at 4:36 p.m. EDT. The coronal mass ejection, or CME, traveled at over 900 miles per second. The CME did not travel directly toward Earth, but did connect with Earth’s magnetic environment, or magnetosphere, causing aurora to appear on the night of Monday, September 3.”
If you want a better idea of just how exceptionally massive the sun is and how large that eruption was, take a close look at the second photo where you’ll see a superimposed image of Earth for size comparison.
Visit the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center flickr page to view more images and video of this awesome solar event.
[via Twisted Sifter]