Here’s a new breathtaking view of the Lagoon Nebula. The region is filled with intense winds from hot stars, funnels of gas, and energetic star formation, all embedded within pitch-dark dust.
Copyright: NASA, ESA, J. Trauger (Jet Propulson Laboratory)
pictures that seem almost impossible to take - the Milky Way glowing
over the haunting beauty of America’s National Parks.But
one photographer has managed to capture the immense majesty of the
star-studded David Lanenight sky, with all the detail of the Milky Way as it
stretches above some of America’s most iconic landscapes.Astrophotographer
Dave Lane, 58, has been capturing images of disk shaped galaxy - which
cannot be distinguished properly with the naked eye - since early 2011
and has been obsessed with snapping the phenomenon ever since. Txt Via
Astronomers using the Spitzer Space telescope have identified the closest rocky planet outside our Solar System to date. Named HD 219134b, the planet is located 21 light-years away, which is relatively close, when you consider that the Earth-like planet recently discovered by NASA and its planet-stalking telescope Kepler is a distant 1,400 light-years away.
“Most of the known planets are hundreds of light-years away. This one is practically a next-door neighbour,” one of the team, Lars A. Buchhave from the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, said in a press release.
HD 219134b is 1.6 times the size of Earth, holds four times its mass, and has a three-day orbit around its host star. While the planet itself can’t be seen, even through a telescope, its star is so bright, it’s visible to the naked eye if you look in the vicinity of the North Star in the Cassiopeia constellation.
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From NASA: ‘This is not a solar eclipse. Pictured below is a busy vista of moons and rings taken at Saturn. The large circular object in the center of the image is Titan, the largest moon of Saturn and one of the most intriguing objects in the entire Solar System. The dark spot in the center is the main solid part of the moon. The bright surrounding ring is atmospheric haze above Titan, gas that is scattering sunlight to a camera operating onboard the robotic Cassini spacecraft. Cutting horizontally across the image are the rings of Saturn, seen nearly edge on. At the lower right of Titan is Enceladus, a small moon of Saturn. Since the image was taken pointing nearly at the Sun, the surfaces of Titan and Enceladus appear in silhouette, and the rings of Saturn appear similar to a photographic negative. Now if you look really really closely at Enceladus, you can see a hint of icy jets shooting out toward the bottom of the image. It is these jets that inspired future proposals to land on Enceladus, burrow into the ice, and search for signs of extraterrestrial life.’