Understanding The Size Of Our Solar System

April 1, 2014

Supernovae: One Of The World’s Most Energetic Occurrences

March 17, 2014
Colorful Supernovae Remnant

Source: Wikipedia

Few sights are more phenomenal than a supernova. These flashes of brilliant light mark the explosion of a dying star. Supernovae are so brilliant that they can radiate as much energy as the sun will in its entire life, and can easily outshine whole galaxies for brief periods of time. Eventually, over a period of weeks or months, the brilliant supernova will fade from the sky. The images shown here represent different stages in a supernova’s lifecycle.

Young Galactic Remnant

Source: SciTechDaily

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Enceladus, Saturn’s Mysterious Moon

February 22, 2014

Enceladus Saturn Moon

Discovered in 1789, beneath Enceladus’ icy exterior is a wealth of liquid water. While relatively meager in size (its diameter is only 310 miles long), Enceladus is one of two outer solar system bodies with confirmed liquid water, and is therefore one of the best places for scientists to search for extraterrestrial life.

The Mysterious Cat’s Eye Nebula

February 8, 2014
Cats Eye Nebula

Source: NASA

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.

Andre Kuipers’ Stunning Photos Of Planet Earth

January 23, 2014

The Dutch physician and European Space Agency astronaut was selected to participate in International Space Station expeditions 30 and 31. Leaving the planet on December 21st 2011 and returning the following July, Andre Kuipers captured some absolutely incredible images of our planet.

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The Argentine Coast

400 kilometers above Earth

The Southern Lights

Aruba

Atmospheric glow

the ATV, docked

The Australian Outback

The Bahamas

A bizarre interaction between light and the sunset

Canada

A comet as seen from the ISS

Europe

Flattened moonbeams

France: Paris is to the left, Toulouse is illuminated to the right

The Indonesian island of Sumbawa

Spain's Islas Baleares

A lateral view of the ISS

The ISS at moonlight

Istanbul, Turkey

Johannesburg, South Africa

Lake Powell, Las Vegas

The Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas

The Middle East

Moonrise

Northern Europe

Northern Lights from below

The ISS observatories

The Orion constellation

Over Rotterdam, Netherlands

Russia

The Sahara Desert and the Atlantic Ocean

The Sahara Desert and Mauritania

Over the San Francisco Bay

Over the Somalian desert

The Southern Lights

The Soyuz, docked

The Soyuz TMA

The Soyuz - the apparatus Kuipers used to return to Earth

Star cluster

The super moon

Over the United Kingdom

Venus in the distance

Mount Vesuvius

Fishing boats near Hanoi, Vietnam

All photos can be found at Kuipers’ photo stream, featured on Flickr.

Joey Shanks Recreates The Cinematic Magic Of Space While On A Budget

January 11, 2014

As the magic of special effects becomes more impossible with every sci-fi movie that hits Hollywood theaters, filmmakers are thick in the race to the bottom, boldly venturing where no one’s gone before in an attempt to find new ways to bring the cosmos to the masses. One YouTube pioneer has done just that–but in a much more bank account friendly manner. Shanks FX, AKA Joey Shanks, is a 30-year-old filmmaker from North Carolina who is constantly coming up with new ways to recreate the movie magic of space, but with some rather terrestrial bits and bobs from around the home.

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