Space. The Final Frontier
T Tauri and Hind's Variable Nebula
"A technical glitch causes the Hubble Space Telescope, which ordinarily captures magnificently crisp scientific imagery of the cosmos, to lose balance and create this inadvertent piece of modern art. 'It is suspected that in this case, Hubble had locked onto a bad guide star, potentially a double star or binary. This caused an error in the tracking system, resulting in this remarkable picture of brightly colored stellar streaks.'"
A technical glitch causes the Hubble Space Telescope, which ordinarily captures magnificently crisp scientific imagery of the cosmos, to lose balance and create this inadvertent piece of modern art.
Owen Garriott working outside the spacecraft, Skylab 3, August 1973
Harrison Schmitt, Eugene Cernan, and the antenna on the Apollo 17 rover, December 1972
Voyager 1 is officially the first human-made spacecraft to leave our solar system. NASA thinks it's finally settled when Voyager 1 left our solar system: on or around August 25th, 2012. The first Voyager probe launched in 1977, but while it's indubitably passed into previously unexplored parts of space, it's been hard to say whether it's actually crossed over into interstellar space.
Voyager 1 has left the solar system: NASA says new research proves it's found interstellar space.
Three Galaxies and the Elephant Rock by Alex Cherney. Flinders, Victoria, Australia
Stars and Dust Across Corona Australis (Sept 27 2012) Image Credit & Copyright: Marco Lorenzi (Glittering Lights) Explanation: Cosmic dust clouds sprawl across a rich field of stars in this sweeping telescopic vista near the northern boundary of Corona Australis, the Southern Crown. Probably less than 500 light-years away and effectively blocking light from more distant, background stars in the Milky Way, the densest part of the dust cloud is about 8 light-years long. #astronomy
Stars and Dust Across Corona Australis
Why is the sky near Antares and Rho Ophiuchi so colorful? The colors result from a mixture of objects and processes. Fine dust illuminated from the front by starlight produces blue reflection nebulae. Gaseous clouds whose atoms are excited by ultraviolet starlight produce reddish emission nebulae. Backlit dust clouds block starlight and so appear dark. Antares, a red supergiant and one of the brighter stars in the night sky, lights up the yellow-red clouds on the lower center.
supernova remnant 0519-69, in the Large Magellanic Cloud