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ripples: Crab Nebula, photographed by Hubble, autumn 2005.

10 images in 558 nm (green) light, September-December 2005.

The Crab Nebula is a cloud of gas 11 light years across, created by the collapse and explosion of a giant star in 1054 AD (a Type II supernova). At the centre of the nebula is a neutron star, the Crab Pulsar, the incredibly dense remnant of the original star; 1.5 to 2 times the mass of the Sun, but only 30 km across. Intense solar wind from the pulsar creates visible ripples in the surrounding nebula.

From Proposal 10526. Some more gifs of the Crab Nebula seen by Hubble.

Image credit: NASA/ESA/STScI. Animation: AgeOfDestruction.

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hannah: Surface of Mars, photographed by Mars Express, 25th November 2005.

Image runs from 32°S 201°E about 710 km due south across the Terra Sirenum highlands to 44°S 201°E. The Sirenum Fossae run across the top of the 2nd image. The 5th and 6th images show a central section of the 300 km-wide Newton Crater, including what looks like part of the central peak complex (notice dunes, dark blue, on the left hand side).

Composite of 3 visible light images for colour, and one monochrome image for detail. Colour balance is not naturalistic.

Image credit: ESA. Composite: AgeOfDestruction.

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a textbook of magic: stars, over the sun, photographed by soho, 16th february 2016.

the plume in the first gif is an outburst from the solar corona. the 2nd gif shows image noise from the 1st gif; i’m under the impression that many of these flashes are protons emitted by the sun hitting the image detector.

image credit: nasa/soho. animation: ageofdestruction.

hex: Saturn’s north pole, photographed by Cassini, 3rd April 2014.

The hexagon is an atmospheric vortex, the shape apparently created by interaction of winds circling the pole at different speeds. Each side of the hexagon is about 13,800km long, wider than Earth.

10 images taken over about a quarter of a Saturnian day, which is about 10 hours and 40 minutes long.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/SSI. Animation: AgeOfDestruction.

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gwen: Surface of Mars, photographed by Mars Express, 22nd August 2007.

Image runs southwest from 71°S 56°E, just south of the Dorsa Brevia, to 80°S 34°E, just west of the Promethei Rupes; about 615 km. The dunes (dark blue) in the 4th image are inside Main Crater (Robert Main, astronomer, 1808-1878).

Composite of 3 visible light images for colour, and one monochrome image for detail. Colours are relative, not naturalistic.

Image credit: ESA. Composite: AgeOfDestruction.

someone i could learn from / someone i could become: Saturn, photographed by Cassini, early 2011.

6 frames, each a composite of a red, green, and blue image, photographed January-March 2011.  Visible in the northern hemisphere is a massive storm that raged for several months from late 2010.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/SSI. Animation: AgeOfDestruction. Title: Cat Power.

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te coule un drôle de regard: Surface of Mars, photographed by Mars Express, 23rd December 2008.

1°N to 14°S, 64°E on the Terra Tyrrhena. For scale, Verlaine Crater - divided between the 5th and 6th images - is about 40 km across. The crater at bottom left of the 7th image is only a few degrees north of this gif.

Verlaine Crater is named after Verlaine, a village of about 3,500, rather than the groundbreaking queer poet Paul-Marie Verlaine (1844-1896). Curiously the IAU record the village as being in France, while it appears to be in the largely French-speaking Walloon Region of Belgium.

Composite of 3 visible light images for colour, and 1 monochrome image for detail. 

Image credit: ESA. Composite: AgeOfDestruction.

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shannon: Surface of Mars, photographed by Mars Express, 28th October 2005.

Image runs from 63°S 205°E on the Terra Sirenum about 830 km due south to 78°S 205°E among the Ultima Scopuli. The crater seen in the 5th and 6th images is Reynolds (Osborne Reynolds, engineer & physicist, 1842-1912; see also: Reynolds number).

Composite of 3 visible light images for colour, and one monochrome image for detail. 

Image credit: ESA. Composite: AgeOfDestruction.

wunderkammer: Comets, planets, and stars, photographed by STEREO, November 2013.

Comet ISON moves left-to-right. Comet Encke (smaller) moves downward across its path. In the background are Mercury (left) and Earth (right). The cloud that blows right-to-left across the image is matter ejected from the Sun (out of frame right).

30 images taken by STEREO A, 1 every 4 hours 22nd-26th November.

Image credit: NASA/STEREO. Animation: AgeOfDestruction.