Since I was a child I have often been told I have my head in the clouds, and for very good reason. I was always looking up, and I still do it today. I find looking up at visible space both peaceful and incredibly beautiful.
These following ten images have been taken from deep space and to say they are breathtaking would be an understatement.
Note that for some images, infrared electromagnetic waves have been transmitted over the visible spectrum.
The sky (or celestial dome) is everything that lies a certain distance above the surface of the Earth, including the atmosphere and outer space.
Stephan’s Quintet consists of a compact group of five galaxies which are going to collide with each other. These galaxies are interesting for scientists because of these collisions. So beautiful.
This image combines Hubble observations of M 106. This image was captured by amateur astronomers Robert Gendler and Jay GaBany. Gendler. Messier 106 (also known as M106) is a galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. The purple in this is amazing and it is due to a water vapor megamaser. This one is for you Draggon.
This Small Magellanic Cloud is considered as a dwarf irregular galaxy. It has a diameter of about 7,000 light-years and contains several hundred million stars. This cloud is very small compared to the Milky Way, our 100,000 light years galaxy. Simply amazing.
This picture captured by the NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory illustrates one of these beautiful prominences. This phenomenon sent out particles and a third radiation belt that traveled near Earth a few days later.
The Horsehead Nebula is a cloud of ionized-hydrogen in the constellation Orion. These clouds are lit from within by young, hot stars. The interstellar dust absorbs the light from part of the ionized cloud creating this beautiful contrast. This is so amazing.
The star forms part of the shoulder of an imagined unicorn in the constellation Monoceros, 20,000 light-years away, and in January 2002, astronomers saw it blow up. Over the next few months, it became a million times as luminous as the sun and swelled in diameter to a billion miles, comparable to the orbit of Jupiter. It was briefly one of the most luminous stars in the galaxy. This one is for Atlas.
Smaller satellite galaxies caught by a spiral galaxy are distorted into elongated structures consisting of stars, which are known as tidal streams. They show the presence of such tell-tale traces of spiral galaxies swallowing smaller satellites for galaxies more distant than our own. Pretty damn amazing and gorgeous.
The moon passed between Nasa’s Deep Space Climate Observatory and the Earth, allowing the satellite to capture this rare image of the moon’s far side in full sunlight. We normally don’t see this side of the moon. As the moon is tidally locked to the earth and doesn’t rotate, we only ever see the one face of the earth. This is such an incredible image and by far my favorite.
Hope you have enjoyed these as much as I have and if you have anything to add or show us, please feel free to do so.
Mad love, Jo xx