The Signs As Beautiful Things In Space
  • Aries:Supernova / They are the wild and explosive
  • Taurus:Planet / They are the strong hearts
  • Gemini:Binary Star / They are the unique and fascinating
  • Cancer:Dwarf Star / They are the radiating souls
  • Leo:Pulsar / They are the beating lights
  • Virgo:Constellation / They are the connected and detailed
  • Libra:Galaxy / They are the bright and beautiful
  • Scorpio:Black Hole / They are the deep and intense
  • Sagittarius:Comet / They are the fast-moving and adventurous
  • Capricorn:Asteroid / They are the lone travelers
  • Aquarius:Nebula / They are the colorful spirits
  • Pisces:Moon / They are mysterious minds

July will be an extremely exciting time for space exploration! We can’t wait for New Horizons’ ‪#‎PlutoFlyBy‬ on July 14! Only 12,434,778 km to go (as we write this post that is - this spacecraft is FAST)!

Watch the countdown and learn more at http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/.

Credit: NASA’s Facebook Account

Sharpless 308: Star Bubble : Blown by fast winds from a hot, massive star, this cosmic bubble is huge. Cataloged as Sharpless 2-308 it lies some 5,200 light-years away toward the constellation of the Big Dog and covers slightly more of the sky than a Full Moon. That corresponds to a diameter of 60 light-years at its estimated distance. The massive star that created the bubble, a Wolf-Rayet star, is the bright one near the center of the nebula. Wolf-Rayet stars have over 20 times the mass of the Sun and are thought to be in a brief, pre-supernova phase of massive star evolution. Fast winds from this Wolf-Rayet star create the bubble-shaped nebula as they sweep up slower moving material from an earlier phase of evolution. The windblown nebula has an age of about 70,000 years. Relatively faint emission captured in the expansive image is dominated by the glow of ionized oxygen atoms mapped to a blue hue. via NASA

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The Interstellar World of @k_koenning

To see more cosmically inspired photos and videos from Katrin, follow @k_koenning on Instagram.

If you were from space and landed on Earth for the first time, what would you photograph? Would airborne dust remind you of tiny galaxies? Could you capture planetary light in a portrait of a stranger? Welcome to the interstellar world of photographer Katrin Koenning (@k_koenning), a German-born photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. “I come from a story of movement, always on the periphery of multiple worlds,” says Katrin. “My thoughts are in the stars every day, and in a migrant existence, the idea of a shared sky is of great comfort. Physically I’ll never get to space, I know this. But I’ve come to understand that all it takes to travel to the stars is the mind. So I create my own universes, with whatever it is that’s around me.”