Top 1000 Space Pictures

If Mars were terraformed (artist’s conception)

Actually, most of charged particulate radiation could be absorbed by the atmosphere. On Earth, the magnetosphere redirects such high enery particles to th polar regions, where they react with the atmosphere to produce polar lights. There is no radiation hazard on the surface. The

The sun ejecting Plasma

It’s called a coronal mass ejection. The sun has an incredibly strong magnetic field, but it’s not a pretty even and symmetrical thing like Earth’s. Instead, loops of magnetism extend from the surface of the Sun and then quickly back, and are tightly clustered.

I think the artist had you guys in mind

Not sure if we watched the same movie. The major roadblock to her being selected as the representative of humanity is the fact that she’s an atheist. She has deep talks with the male lead about why he believes in God, and religious fanatics

Distance between the Earth and the Moon

> If you want to prove you have free will literally do anything you want and that’s an expression of it. “You say: I am not free. But I have raised and lowered my arm. Everyone understands that this illogical answer is an irrefutable

Milky Way Over Quiver Tree Forest

Apparently it’s a 16 exposure composite as well as panorama (photos stitched together) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html edit : If you’re into photography/photoshop here’s the photographer’s blog on how it was done – http://floriansphotographs.blogspot.com/2012/08/quiver-trees-by-night-2.html edit 2 : To answer the original question, so it’s a bunch of

Dark Shuttle Approaching

I’ve had this pic in a PowerPoint presentation for my astronomy class for several years now. You’re telling me my astronomy lecture are treasure troves of stockpiled imaginary internet points? I might start trying to cash in!

Curiosity Rover and its tracks can be seen from Mars Orbit

[Apollo 17](http://i.space.com/images/i/000/011/894/original/apollo17-moon-landing-site-lro-image.jpg?1315324421) [Apollo 14](http://i.space.com/images/i/000/011/898/original/apollo-14-landing-site.jpg?1315325009) [Apollo 12](http://i.space.com/images/i/000/011/899/original/apollo-12-landing-site.jpg?1315325172) [Apollo 11](http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/19/Apollo11-LRO-March2012.jpg) You can probably find more if you look. Sorry about the order, that’s just the order I came across them and I can’t be bothered to fix them. I’m sure you won’t be that confused by

Painting I just finished of The Pillars of Creation

Nope those are coincidental. There are however 4 or 5 weird faces that I designed in there edit: high jacking top comment for [Etsy](https://www.etsy.com/listing/244214060/pillars-of-creation?ref=shop_home_active_11) Plug in edit 2 : [Prints Available!](https://www.etsy.com/listing/244144731/pillars-of-creation-prints?ref=shop_home_active_1)

Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, Mars

Well, no. If you turned off gravity for 5 minutes everywhere, the Earth’s orbit wouldn’t change much. It would just move in a straight line for 5 minutes. Think about how much of its orbit the Earth completes in 5 minutes. That 5 minutes

Shuttle Love

Those patches are part of the low-temp reusable surface insulation (LRSI) that covers a lot of the exposed surface of the shuttle. The patches are manufactured to be a standard 8×8 inch patch, with small gap-fillers placed in between each patch (hence the small

I put Crab Nebula image into Google Deep Dream

“Dog-Sothoth knows the gate. Dog-Sothoth is the gate. Dog-Sothoth is the key and guardian of the gate. Past, present, future, all are one in Dog-Sothoth. He knows where the Old Ones broke through of old, and where They shall break through again.” I was

The Milky Way as seen from the Pyrenees

There’s no way each frame is single shot, right? The Milky Way is much too luminescent for f/3, 1600 ISO. Also, the stars are perfect, so the exposure couldn’t have been very long. Edit: Looking at his other photos, it looks like he uses

Comet Lovejoy

How long is the tail on a comet like that? I remember when the Hale-Bopp comet was visible in the sky years ago and I was blown away at how long the tail was though I can’t remember for the life of me.

James Irwin works at the Lunar Roving Vehicle during the first Apollo 15 lunar surface EVA at the Hadley-Apennine landing site. This view is looking northeast, with Mons Hadley (which has a height of 4.6 km and a maximum diameter of 25 km at its base) in the background

Thank you, this was most informative! It won’t correspond to Luna of course, due to the lack of atmosphere, and all. However, despite not being able to determine for sure, I think the answer was close with the geoid/ellipsoid model, comparing the two to

The MESSENGER spacecraft’s first photo of the unseen side of Mercury

No, it isn’t – there is a relation between the rotation and orbit, meaning it [rotates three times for every two orbits](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercury_%28planet%29#Spin.E2.80.93orbit_resonance). [Looking at the original image description](http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MESSENGER_first_photo_of_unseen_side_of_Mercury_%28super_high_resolution%29.jpg), it includes the line: >This global mosaic of Mercury, consisting of 87 MDIS Narrow-angle Camera images,

Eclipse Over New York

>[Explanation:](http://129.164.179.22/apod/ap131104.html) A sunrise over New York City rarely looks like this. Yesterday, however, the Sun rose partly eclipsed by the Moon as seen from much of the eastern North American and northern South America. Simultaneously, much of Africa, already well into daytime, saw the

New massive image from NASA’s Spitzer of the galaxy. It consists of more than 2 million snapshots taken in infrared light over 10 years, beginning in 2003 when Spitzer launched. Link to full size image and article in comments.

That is because tiff uses lossless compression. Jpeg and PNG compress images in a lossy way meaning original data is corrupted to lower file size and memory footprint. Tricks are used like making small regions of detailed shading less detailed because a region of