Top 1000 Space Pictures

Stars, Sprites, Clouds, Auroras

[Here]( is a link to the photographer’s website. Mike is a well respected storm chaser who takes some of the most amazing structure shots of supercells. He’s got some great star trail shots and other astronomy related stuff on his website as well. Be

Rosette Nebula narrowband

Hope you don’t mind, I brought down the blacks a bit and boosted the vibrancy ever so slightly to make it pop a bit more. Beautiful image! I attached your username to the image title at imgur for credit. If you’re unhappy with having

On June 3rd 1965, Ed White became the first American to step outside his spacecraft and let go, effectively setting himself adrift in the zero gravity of space. For 23 minutes White floated and maneuvered himself around the Gemini spacecraft, logging 6500 miles during his orbital stroll

General relativity: “gravity” is the result of space and time curving in the presence of mass. One of the fundamental tenets is that gravity and acceleration are interchangeable and it follows that (locally) to a freefalling observer, space looks flat. That’s why you feel

Milky Way over the Rocky Mountains at 11,000 Feet

Shot details: 5-shot pano at about 18mm, f2.8, 20sec, ISO6400, AWB taken at Rainbow Curve in Rocky Mountain National Park. As I’m sure everyone knows, neither the Milky Way or Airglow was that bright to your naked eyes, the very high ISO brought it

In 1984, high above the Earth’s surface, an astronaut captured a satellite. Dale A. Gardner flies free using the Manned Maneuvering Unit and begins to attach a control device, dubbed the Stinger, to the rotating Westar 6 communications satellite

[Astronaut Dale A. Gardner, having just completed the major portion of his second extravehicular activity (EVA) period in three days, holds up a “For Sale” sign refering to the two satellites, Palapa B-2 and Westar 6 that they retrieved from orbit after their Payload

Aurora over Norway by Max Rive

From the photographer’s [Flickr]( >The light on the right is coming from the ”city” of Svolvaer. The aurora is the result of 3 exposures taken directly after each other so I have been a bit creative on that part.

New view of the Pillars of Creation – infrared

Another option for travel, which allows for faster than light speeds without violating the laws of physics, is something called the [Alcubierre Drive]( This is the same drive that allows “warp” speed in Star Trek. Although Star Trek is a work of science fiction,

EUMETSAT Image of Typhoon Haiyan striking the Philippines

[Link]( >Typhoon Haiyan approaching the Philippines (13:00 UTC 07/11/2013). Image captured by the geostationary satellites of the Japan Meteorological Agency and EUMETSAT. >To find out more about these organisations, visit: > >This image is free to use, provided the following attribution statement is

Comet ISON, shot by amateur astronomer Waldemar Skorupa

From the source: > 2013-11-16T04:09 ut; ASA 8H Newton FLI 16803 cropped, FOV ~3,5°; 3x180sL and 1x120s RGB Translated, I believe he’s using an [ASA 8H astrograph]( with a [Finger Lakes Imaging 16803 camera]( He’s probably using something like a [Losmandy G11]( to carry

Coronal Mass Ejection

Per NASA: **On August 31, 2012 a long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona, erupted out into space at 4:36 p.m. EDT. The coronal mass ejection, or CME, traveled at over 900 miles per second. The

A Year of Our Sun in One Picture

You’re right, yes the bright regions are typically hotter but more so are stronger in magnetic strength and represent areas where the internal magnetic field of the sun has popped outward of the sun’s surface resulting in these band-like structures which are actually just

Milky Way above Easter Island

Something I’ve wondered since recently: Can this much of the milky way be seen by the naked eye, or does it just take very long exposure with a camera to tell that it’s there? I ask because I live in a rural area, and

Dust trails on Mars taken by MRO

Any idea how to rip the whole database ? Why is it that these sites never offer a full download/torrent 🙁 Also [higher resolution]( And description: >This portion of a recent high-resolution picture from the HiRISE camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows

Carl Sagan with model of Viking Lander

Sagan taught me the importance of polite, impartial, point-by-point scientific examination prior to utterly destroying a damn fool theory. He did this by example when he [discredited]( Velikovsky’s claim that Venus was ejected as a comet by Jupiter (among other similarly hair brained claims).

An Apollo 12 crew member leaving the Lunar Lander

Astronauts set the camera exposure for the foreground, which is much much brighter than the background. Try it out with a camera sometime at night, and set it for a streetlight versus stars. Stars could be visible to an astronaut during the lunar day
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