Sunday, 29 May 2011

Astronomical Beauty

I love getting the pointers to the stunning imagery from NASA and other sources that come through on twitter etc. Here are a few of the images and videos of late that really captured my attention:

Mountains of the Moon
While it is cool to see the mountains silhouetted against the sun, for me, seeing our sun as this vast tumultuous globe is remarkable - rather than the untra-bright disk we are used to. The image comes courtesy of NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams. LINK

[Mountains of the Moon via Lights_in_the_Dark on Flickr]

The Lagoon Nebula
Here is a portion of the Lagoon nebula imaged by Argentinean astronomers Julia Arias and Rodolfo Barbá using the Gemini South telescope with the Gemini Multi-Object Spectrograph. Not only wonderfully beautiful and complex, but vast. LINK

[Lagoon Nebula via the Gemini website]

Bret Webster Milky Way
These images are part of a set by Bret Webster showing the sweep of lights of the milky way set behind the rocks and ancient paintings of the desert rocks in Utah. LINK

[Bret Webster Milky Way Photos via the Telegraph website]

Lastly, check out Bye Bye Comet.

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