Nestled three thousand light years away in the cosmos is the Cat’s Eye Nebula, or NGC 6543. The nebula was first discovered by William Herschel in 1786, and given its strange structure and properties remains one of the most curious nebulae known to humankind.
More than any other planet beyond Earth, more than any other heavenly body discovered since the rapid expansion of telescopes, Mars has made a multi-millennia-long career out of taunting humanity. Named for…
Often overshadowed by Venus, Mercury, too, has much to offer in the way of aesthetics. This stinging-hot, quickly-rotating planet is named after the Roman deity Mercury, the high-speed messenger to the gods.
Part of NASA’s “Astronomy Picture of the Day” series, the photo above blurs the properties of Earth and the celestial Milky Way, as in its presentation it’s difficult to discern which body is doling out the lightning near Greece’s Corfu island. Either way, it’s a stellar shot.
Released by NASA in April 2011, Jupiter’s south pole more closely resembles an exemplary tie-dye work than the gas giant that it is.