Picture of the Day: The North-American nebula

Here’s a truly gorgeous image by astrophotographer Mick Hyde, a mosaic of NGC 7000 (the North American nebula) and the Pelican nebula (IC 5070). The structure on the upper left side is the North American nebula, with the darkest lobe of dust near the center forming the “Gulf of Mexico.” The star-forming region is located […]

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Picture of the Day: Orion

  Humans have been gazing at Orion for millennia, but they’ve never seen it as beautiful as this. Granted, we can’t actually see it like the photo above would suggest, as the fiery glow is only visible to telescopes tuned to submillimeter radio frequencies.

Picture of the Day: Venus

Artist’s impression of an active volcano on Venus. Results from a long-term study of Venus find evidence of a clear injection of sulphur dioxide into its upper atmosphere. One possible interpretation is that volcanic activity increased the sulphur dioxide component of the upper atmosphere, although an alternative is that a change in atmospheric circulation dredged […]

Picture of the Day: Algae Bloom

The stunning picture above shows several phytoplankton blooms as seen from space, and was made available to the public by the NASA Earth Observatory.

Picture of the Day: It dawns at the Moon

During his evening ritual of sharing images taken from the International Space Station, Commander Chris Hadfield posted this gem: a gorgeous night-time view of the southeastern United States, with the Moon hovering over Earth’s limb and the terminator separating night from day. Dawn is just beginning to break to the east, as the ISS flies […]

Picture of the Day: Solar Eclipse

An amazing photo from the Total Solar Eclipse of 2008. Credits: Vojtech Rusin

Picture of the Day: Star Streak

Picture of the Day: The Hourglass

This is an image of MyCn18, a young planetary nebula located about 8,000 light-years away, taken with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) aboard the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).

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