Top 1000 Space Pictures

Orion’s Belt Rises Through the Atmosphere

Look at this: [Orion](http://imgur.com/4oChkmv) The 3 stars circled individually right near the Earth’s surface are Orion’s belt. Orion is a warrior constellation dude. In this picture he is upside down with most of his body not in view. Here is a complete illustration of

This image, released for Hubble’s 17th anniversary, shows a region of star birth and death in the Carina Nebula. The nebula contains at least a dozen brilliant stars that are 50 to 100 times the mass of our Sun.

This was posted a while back, along with a 200 MB HUGE version… Which I cropped and scaled down to use as a wallpaper on my Nexus 10. [Here](http://hubblesite.org/gallery/album/entire/pr2007016a/warn/hires/true/) is the page where you can find the whole resolution available, in both JPEG and

Three Galaxies and a Comet

This is not necessarily a composite image. One can get a picture like this with a 30 second exposure in a [dark sky location](http://www.jshine.net/astronomy/dark_sky/). This picture was taken in the southern hemisphere as those are the large and small Magellanic Clouds (galaxies) and [comet

The Aurora Borealis as seen from space. Taken from the ISS.

This is the [Aurora Australis.](http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/transcoded/f/f0/Aurora_Australis.ogv/Aurora_Australis.ogv.360p.webm) *Video of the aurora australis taken by the crew of Expedition 28 on board the International Space Station, its sequence of shots was taken 17 September 2011 from 17:22:27 to 17:45:12 GMT, on an ascending pass from south of

My summer work: NGC 7000 in narrowband

Sort of. [You shoot through three different filters and use that data as red, green, and blue channels, combining the light just like our eyes do](http://i.imgur.com/n4pRDhb.png). Our eyes wouldn’t combine these narrow transitions (hydrogen alpha, Oxygen III, and Sulphur II) as we see in

Planetary conjunction between Jupiter Venus and Mercury seen this week

I’d also like to know the answers to both of these questions. I’ll be doing some googling, and I’ll edit this comment if I find anything. EDIT 1: I apologize for using a mobile site, but I’m on my phone, [this](http://mobile.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/05/27/triple_conjunction_jupiter_venus_and_mercury_in_the_west.html) site sent me

An image of Mercury with gravitational anomalies shown in false-color, superposed on an image of the planet’s cratered surface. Red hues indicate areas of slightly higher gravity, which in turn indicates areas that must have unusually dense matter under the surface.

I read [here](https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/news/display.cfm?News_ID=23355) that they have done calculations of Mercury’s gravitational field using the messenger spacecraft. The image is also found in the [wiki page](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MESSENGER#Launch_and_trajectory) along with more details. Once the messenger probe was in orbit around Mercury, they used ground based telescopes (using

Sunrise from the ISS while above Australia

It’s actually not that dark when the sun’s down. The milky way is pretty bright in the night sky. On day it’s washed out by the sun’s light, and at night by our artificial lightning. In space though, just turn your back to the

Mars orbiters have recorded ample evidence that water once flowed on the planet

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On VENUS {venera mission} (392×391)

I remember the feeling I had first time I have seen these pictures. I have never been more fascinated about a picture ever. Venus always seemed more mysterious to me, since it looks impenetrable. And these soviet missions are not know as much as

Brahin Pallasite (Sliced Meteorite)

[All of the post-iron elements are formed in supernova explosions themselves. So much energy is released during a supernova explosion that the freed energy and copious free neutrons streaming from the collapsing core drive massive fusion reactions, long past the formation of iron. Sure,

this just amazes me

Spoken like a true atheist. You have all the qualifications of one, only difference between you and me is that when I don’t know something, reach a place where I can’t figure something out or can’t understand it I don’t say ‘god did it’.

Milky Way from my front yard with two extra galaxies

Calar Alto in Spain, El Leoncito in Argentina (and several other parts of the Andes), Mt Hopkins in Arizona. The southern sky is particularly striking (as in OP’s pictures) because the galactic center region rises very high and you can see the magellanic clouds

The star cluster Westerlund 2

>his NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of the cluster Westerlund 2 and its surroundings has been released to celebrate Hubble’s 25th year in orbit and a quarter of a century of new discoveries, stunning images and outstanding science. >The image’s central region, containing the

Venus through Saturn’s Rings

This one was taken by the [Cassini](http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/spacecraft/instruments.html) spacecraft when it was in the shadow of Saturn. Venus was coincidentally behind the rings. They are real photographs. How it’s done depends on the specific picture, but the objects not always look like you’d see if

Saturn and its largest moon reflect their true colors

>A giant of a moon appears before a giant of a planet undergoing seasonal changes in this natural color view of Titan and Saturn from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. >Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, measures 3,200 miles, or 5,150 kilometers, across and is larger than the