This view, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, shows a nearby spiral galaxy known as NGC 1433. At about 32 million light-years from Earth, it is a type of very active galaxy known as a Seyfert galaxy — a classification that accounts for 10% of all galaxies. They have very bright, luminous centers that are comparable in brightness to that of our entire galaxy, the Milky Way. The centers of most galaxy cores, if not all, galaxies are thought to contain a supermassive black hole, surrounded by a disk of in-falling material. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA
9:16 pm • 12 July 2014 • 5 notes
Galaxy Cove Vista Revisited
Image Credit & Copyright: Rogelio Bernal Andreo (Deep Sky Colors)
Explanation: To see a vista like this takes patience, hiking, and a camera. Patience was needed in searching out just the right place and waiting for just the right time. A short hike was needed to reach this rugged perch above a secluded cove in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in California, USA. And a camera was needed for the long exposure required to bring out the faint light from stars and nebulae in the background Milky Way galaxy. Moonlight illuminated the hidden beach and inlet behind nearby trees in the above composite image taken last month. Usually obscured McWay Falls is visible just below the image center, while the Pacific Ocean is in view to its right. The above image is a high-resolution sequel to a similar image that appeared last year.
1:46 am • 29 June 2014 • 2 notes
The Fairy of Eagle Nebula
One of several dust pillars in the Eagle Nebula. This one is ten light years tall and spews radiation much hotter than common fire.
9:26 pm • 1 June 2014 • 62 notes
Stephan’s Quintet Plus One
The interacting galaxies, NGC 7319, 7318A, 7318B, and 7317 have a more dominant yellowish cast. They also tend to have distorted loops and tails, grown under the influence of disruptive gravitational tides. The mostly bluish galaxy, NGC 7320, is in the foreground about 40 million light-years distant, and isn’t part of the interacting group. Still, captured in this field above and to the left of Stephan’s Quintet is another galaxy, NGC 7320C, that is also 300 million light-years distant.
7:16 pm • 1 June 2014 • 37 notes
A curtain of stars surrounds the 3.58-metre New Technology Telescope (NTT) in this new Ultra High Definition photograph from the ESO Ultra HD Expedition . It was captured on the first night of shooting at ESO’s La Silla Observatory, which sits at 2400 metres above sea level on the outskirts of the Chilean Atacama Desert.
Visible to the left of the Milky Way is the bright orange star Antares at the heart of Scorpius (The Scorpion). Saturn can be seen as the brightest point to the upper left of Antares and Alpha and Beta Centauri glow in the upper right of the image. The Southern Cross (Crux) and the Coalsack dark nebula are also visible looming above Alpha and Beta Centauri.
6:40 pm • 18 April 2014 • 7 notes
Jupiter, GRS Taken by Efrain Morales Rivera on February 27, 2014 @ Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
6:37 pm • 18 April 2014 • 3 notes
Saturn Photographed with Four Moons Pin It Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) In this view, the giant orange moon Titan casts a large shadow onto Saturn’s north polar hood. Below Titan, near the ring plane and to the left is the moon Mimas, casting a much smaller shadow onto Saturn’s equatorial cloud tops. Farther to the left, and off Saturn’s disk, are the bright moon Dione and the fainter moon Enceladus.
- space.com (#51 of 78)
6:33 pm • 18 April 2014 • 18 notes