Browsing ATI By space
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.
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.
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.
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.
All photos can be found at Kuipers’ photo stream, featured on Flickr.
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.