In the beginning, God created
A sunset on Mars, taken by the NASA rover Spirit. This is approximately how the colors would appear to the human eye. See beautiful images like this, taken by Spirit and Opportunity, at the National Air and Space Museum. The exhibit "Spirit and Opportunity: 10 Years Roving Across Mars" is on display until September 14, 2014. http://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/mer/
The Cassini spacecraft crosses the plane of Saturn's rings.
NASA | SDO's Ultra-high Definition View of 2012 Venus Transit (coolest thing about this video may be seeing with your own eyes that Venus is, in fact, made entirely of gasses. How can you know? In several clips when the planet passes over the edge of the sun, you can see it THROUGH the planet. Incredible!)
Occurring in pairs separated by over a hundred years, there have now been only eight transits of Venus since the invention of the telescope in 1608. The next will be in December of 2117. But many modern telescopes and cameras were trained on this week's Venus transit, capturing the planet in rare silhouette against the Sun. In this sharp telescopic view from Georgia.
A Picturesque Venus Transit (June 3 2012) Image Credit & Copyright: David Cortner The rare transit of Venus across the face of the Sun in 2004 was one of the better-photographed events in sky history. Both scientific and artistic images flooded in from the areas that could see the transit: Europe and much of Asia, Africa, and North America. Scientifically, solar photographers confirmed that the black drop effect is really better related to the viewing clarity of the camera or telescope (...)
Take a good look, because this won't happen again until 2117. Here's a shot of Venus as it transits the sun.
A Dust Devil of Mars (Apr 13 2012) Credit: HiRISE, MRO, LPL (U. Arizona), NASA It was late in the northern martian spring when the HiRISE camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spied this local denizen. Tracking south and east (down and right) across the flat, dust-covered Amazonis Planitia the core of the whirling dust devil is about 30 meters in diameter. Lofting dust into the thin martian atmosphere, its plume reaches more than 800 meters above the surface. #astronomy
A dust devil viewed from space. Oh, and it's on MARS! 30 meters wide, reaching more than 800 meters above the surface. Incredible!
Io: Moon Over Jupiter (Apr 8 2012) Image Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA How big is Jupiter's moon Io? The most volcanic body in the Solar System, Io (usually pronounced "EYE-oh") is 3,600 kilometers in diameter, about the size of planet Earth's single large natural satellite. Gliding past Jupiter at the turn of the millennium, the Cassini spacecraft captured this awe inspiring view of active Io with the largest gas giant as a backdrop (...) #astronomy
The Whole Universe In One Photo - NASA recently unveiled a new atlas and catalogue of the entire infrared sky, which includes more than a half billion stars, galaxies and other objects captured by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission. It is comprised of more than 2.7 million images taken at four infrared wavelengths of light, capturing everything from nearby asteroids to distant galaxies.
This is our entire universe, or at least as much of it as we have ever been able to see. And yet, He holds it all in His hand.
This elegant island universe is cataloged as NGC 2683. It lies a mere 16 million light-years distant toward the northern constellation Lynx. A spiral galaxy comparable to our own Milky Way, NGC 2683 is seen nearly edge-on in the cosmic vista. Blended light from a large population of old, yellowish stars forms the remarkably bright galactic core.
Edge-on spiral galaxy, NGC 2683. A mere 16 million light-years away.
The sun in total eclipse as seen from southern Turkey March 29th, 2006.
The Sombrero Galaxy in Infrared (Mar 11 2012) Credit: R. Kennicutt (Steward Obs.)et al., SSC, JPL, Caltech, NASA This floating ring is the size of a galaxy. In fact, it is part of the photogenic Sombrero Galaxy, one of the largest galaxies in the nearby Virgo Cluster of Galaxies. The dark band of dust that obscures the mid-section of the Sombrero Galaxy in optical light actually glows brightly in infrared light. M104 can be seen with a small telescope in the direction of the constellation Virgo
Flying over Earth at night: electricity, lightning, and auroras as seen by the International Space Station. A compilation of such visual spectacles was captured recently from the ISS. On the horizon is the golden haze of Earth's thin atmosphere, frequently decorated by dancing auroras as the video progresses. The green parts of auroras typically remain below the space station, but the station flies right through the red and purple auroral peaks.
A series of videos from the International Space Station, silently hovering over our incredible planet.
The Warped Spiral Galaxy. The "warp" is thought to have been caused by close interactions or even collisions between galaxies.
Jupiter Unplugged. Five hand drawn sketches of Jupiter were used to create this beautifully detailed flat map of the ruling gas giant's turbulent cloud tops. Made with colored pencils at the eyepiece of a 16 inch diameter telescope, the original drawings are about 5 inches (12.5 cm) in diameter. The drawn planisphere map dimensions are 16x8 inches (40x20 cm). Read more at: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html (Mar 2, 2012)
Jupiter, as seen through a 16-inch diameter telescope. Oh, and these aren't pictures. They're drawings. Wow!
Moon halo, created by miniscule ice crystals aloft thousands of feet high in our atmosphere, reflecting the light in a perfect circle.