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Image of two interacting galaxies, taken from the Hubble Space Telescope in 2010

Two Interacting Galaxies, Arp 273

Hubble Space Telescope, 2010

Most galaxies are wide apart but as they move through space they occasionally pass close enough to interact with each other. Here, a pair of galaxies is in the process of colliding. Both have been distorted by each other’s gravity, giving the larger of the two a lop-sided centre and sprinkling its spiral arms with blue clusters of newly-created stars.


Image of the transit of Venus, 2012

Transit of Venus,

Two transits of Venus take place eight years apart and then not again for over 100 years. This photograph of the most recent transit was taken from London on 6 June 2012. It clearly illustrates one of the problems associated with transit-watching – the curse of cloudy skies. The next transit of Venus will take place in December 2117. Chris Warren was the Winner of the ‘Our Solar System’ category, Astronomy Photographer of the Year, 2012

Picture: Chris Warren


Image of the Orion Nebula taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

The sharpest view of the Orion Nebula

Hubble Space Telescope

This recent picture is a dramatic view of the nearest star-forming region to the Earth. It is made from 520 images taken in five colours. The Orion Nebula is shown in unprecedented detail with more than 3000 stars at various stages of formation. Containing a billion pixels at full resolution, NASA’s image shows how far astronomical imaging has come in 130 years.

Image of astronauts F. Story Musgrave and Jeffrey Hoffman repairing the Hubble Space Telescope

Astronauts repairing the Hubble Space Telescope

Endeavour space shuttle, 1993

The Hubble Space Telescope was sent into space in 1990. Orbiting outside the distorting effects of the Earth’s atmosphere, it has taken the most breath-taking images of our universe. This photograph shows astronauts F. Story Musgrave (on the robotic arm) and Jeffrey Hoffman (inside the shuttle) during the first servicing mission, which repaired a flaw in the telescope’s primary mirror.

Picture: NASA

Image of Saturn passing in front of the sun

Saturn eclipse

Cassini orbiter spacecraft

In September 2006 the Cassini spacecraft took this astonishing mosaic image of Saturn passing in front of the Sun, a view that is impossible from Earth. Hazy outer rings, not normally visible, become apparent in these unusual lighting conditions. The image also contains a glimpse of home: to the left, framed between the inner and outer rings is the tiny dot of distant planet Earth, over a billion kilometres away.

Picture: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Image of Orion star constellation

Orion Deep Wide Field

The three bright stars on the left in this image are the stars of Orion’s Belt. Although part of a familiar constellation, a view such as this can never be seen with the naked eye. Only with long exposure time and a sensitive camera can we see the dramatic landscape of glowing gas and dust clouds that lie between the visible stars. This vast region of space includes the famous Orion and Horsehead Nebulae. Rogelio Bernal Andreo was the Winner of the ‘Deep Space’ category, Astronomy Photographer of the Year, 2010

Picture: Rogelio Bernal Andreo


Posted August 27, 2013 by kitokinimi in Uncategorized

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