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The Beauty of Space

This board is dedicated to my love of astronomy and space. There will be beautiful and awe inspiring pictures of space, celestial objects and other phenomena. I may also include pins of the wonderful, brilliant and talented scientists that have contributed to physics, astrononmy and cosmology over the years.

The fascinating topography of the moon's Birt E crater can be seen in this false color image. More than 3.4 billion years ago, lava sputtered out of the a volcanic vent in Mare Nubium, located on the moon's near side, carving out the Birt E crater we see today.This stunning view was captured by a camera aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been circling the moon since 2009. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

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Europe's Rosetta spacecraft made a historic rendezvous with a comet earlier this month. The probe arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Aug. 6, flying about 251 million miles (450 million kilometers) away from Earth.Rosetta's navigation camera snapped this photo on Aug. 11, at a distance of roughly 63 miles (102 kilometers) away from the comet. The comet nucleus measures about 2.5 miles (4 km) across, according to scientists at the European Space Agency. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM

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Physicists have created an explosion in the lab that mimics supernovas. Shown here, the light emitted as the shock wave of plasma expanded outward. Credit: Courtesy professor Gianluca Gregori

Boom! Enormous Supernova Explosion Created in the Lab

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Cassiopeia A, the 300-year old remains of a stellar explosion that blew a massive star apart, is located 11,000 light-years away. Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO

Boom! Enormous Supernova Explosion Created in the Lab

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A small Camelopardalid meteor streaks through the northern lights as the Milky Way shines overhead in this stunning photo by stargazer Gail Lamm from Balmoral, Manitoba in Canada on May 24, 2014.

This NASA graphic shows where the total lunar eclipse of April 14-15, 2014 will be visible from. The lunar eclipse coincides with April's full moon and is the first of four total lunar eclipes (a tetrad) between April 2014 and September 2015.

This shows an aurora appearing in the night sky at the Kjell Henriksen Observatory in Svalbard, Norway. Taken November 2010. Credit: Njaal Gulbarndsen

This new Hubble image is the best-ever view of a cosmic creepy-crawly known as the Tarantula Nebula, a region full of star clusters, glowing gas, and dark dust. Astronomers are exploring and mapping this nebula as part of the Hubble Tarantula Treasury Project, in a bid to try to understand its starry anatomy. Image credit: NASA, ESA, E. Sabbi (STScI)

This mosaic image uses observations taken by Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3. It shows the galaxy in full, with dark dust lanes, fiery red patches of gas, and bright blue patches of recent star formation speckled across the spiralling arms. Although it looks sprawling, Messier 83 is just under half of the size of the Milky Way. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) Acknowledgement: William Blair (Johns Hopkins University)

Astrophotographer Sean Parker sent in a photo of deep sky objects Great Orion Nebula and Horsehead Nebula, taken near Tucson, Arizona. Image released Dec. 23, 2013.

Astrophotographer Giuseppe Petricca sent in a photo of a twilight conjunction of the moon and Venus, both in crescent phase. Image taken from Sulmona, Abruzzo, Italy, and submitted Jan. 2, 2014.

Amazing Night Sky Photos by Stargazers: January 2014

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It may not look like much from here, but Nova Centauri 2013 - visible for the next few days - is a nuclear explosion on a dead star.

Saturn Hurricane Image Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA Explanation: Acquiring its first sunlit views of far northern Saturn late last year, the Cassini spacecrafts narrow-angle camera recorded this stunning image of the vortex at the ringed planets north pole. The false color, near-infrared image results in red hues for low clouds and green for high ones, causing the north-polar hurricane to take on the appearance of a rose.

The Waterfall and the World at Night Image Credit & Copyright: Stéphane Vetter (Nuits sacrées) Explanation: Above this boreal landscape, the arc of the Milky Way and shimmering aurorae flow through the night. Like an echo, below them lies Icelands spectacular Godafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods. Shining just below the Milky Way, bright Jupiter is included in the panoramic nightscape recorded on March 9. Faint and diffuse, the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) appears immersed in the auroral glow.