Even though James Webb stole the show, Hubble’s still up and running and still treating us with marvelous photos. It recently took an absolutely gorgeous image inside the Orion Nebula, detecting two young stars that are quite unsteady in temperament… Almost like human teenagers.
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines pareidolia as “the tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern.” Dictionaries fail to mention, though, that this is the reason why we see many ordinary objects and images as way more fun than they are.
NASA’s Reconnaissance Orbiter recently snapped a photo of the Martian surface that looks like a face of a teddy bear. At least that’s how we humans see it, but what is it exactly?
We’ve seen some super-detailed photos of different celestial objects taken from space. But now, we have the highest-resolution photos of the Moon ever captured from Earth. And what is particularly interesting, taking them required a transmitter less powerful than a microwave.
If you’ve always envied astronauts who can take jaw-dropping photos of the Earth from space, now you can do it to. Well, sort of. SkyFi has launched Earth Observation, a service that lets you access high-resolution photos of different places Earth, but you can also take your own. In other words, you can choose the place you want to shoot, and the team will instruct a SkyFi satellite to capture an image for you.
Scientists recently captured a starry sky image that will make you gasp in awe. Using Dark Energy Camera in, The National Science Foundation’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory (NOIRLab) released a survey of only a portion of Milky Way, and it shows billions of stars and other celestial objects in staggering detail. It’s not only awe-inspiring and strikingly gorgeous, but it’s the largest star catalog of our home galaxy that’s ever been recorded so far.
The Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO), officially Danuri, reached the Moon’s orbit in December 2022. It has returned its very first images of our planet and its natural satellite, and Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) recently published them for the world to see.
Winter has arrived here on the Earth’s Northern hemisphere, and some of you were lucky enough to have a white Christmas. But did you know that winter is also happening on Mars? With temperatures as low as -120° C, how can it not?
NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter recently captured stunning photos of snowy dunes on the Red Planet, giving us a glimpse of what winter looks like on our neighboring planet. They are not only visually striking, but they also provide valuable information about the Martian climate.
The holiday season is here, and all those good, old Christmas songs are probably already on your playlist. But why not spice it up with something new this year? Something you haven’t heard before, and it’s both festive as Jingle Bells, and a bit eerie like Carol of the Bells.
I have just the song for you. NASA has released the sonification of the giant RS Puppis star, bringing together music and space photography in a festive piece of music made of stars. Literally. [Read More…]
NASA’s Juno spacecraft has treated us with some stunning photos of Jupiter and its moons, Ganymede and Europa. But now, the mission to Jupiter has turned its cameras on sister moon Io. And in this family of moons, this is the sister that’s got a temper!
Io is the most volcanic place in the solar system, with eruptions raging all over its surface. Juno captured them in a photo, revealing the red-hot beauty and temper of Jupiter’s moon.
In more recent years, I got interested in astrophotography, both from the ground and from the orbit. And the latest Hubble photo somehow merged the “ink in water” look with space photography. The telescope’s close-up shot of Lagoon Nebula is like a space version of dissolved ink, and it’s as mesmerizing as it can be.