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.
This NASA graphic offers an introduction to the constellations visible in the Northern Hemisphere.
Constellations: The Zodiac Constellation Names
Astrophotographer Mark Lissick sent in a photo of Lyrid meteors and the Milky Way, taken on April 22, 2013, in Hope Valley, CA (near Lake Tahoe).
Astrophotographer Jeff Berkes captured this Lyrid meteor in the marshlands of southern Maryland on April 14, 2013.
Diagrams explain how eclipses work. Space.com has a big page of more information about blood moons, lunar tetrads (NASA video), a calendar of the four lunar eclipses 2014-15, and a great downloadable infographic called Shadow on the Moon that sums all this up in graphic form! Most of this will be valid for the next three eclipses as well! Going in Astronomy.
Diagrams explain how eclipses work.
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 Aaron D. Priest sent in a photo he took of fellow astrophotographer Jon Secord shooting the breakwater and night sky on the beach of Wallis Sands State Park in Rye, New Hampshire, December 28th, 2013. Orion constellation soars through the sky overhead.
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.
To celebrate its 23rd year in orbit, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has released a stunning new image of one of the most distinctive objects in our skies: the Horsehead Nebula. This image shows the nebula in a whole new light, capturing plumes of gas in the infrared and revealing a beautiful, delicate structure that is normally obscured by dust. Image credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)