Top 1000 Space Pictures

The Shadow of The Moon

This wasn’t meant to be some sort of battle. I wasn’t poking fun at your English or grammar. English happens to be my second language. But if you want to put on the gloves…. The reason I said “Wtf were you smoking when you

Jupiter and Io transit

A stack of the top 5 percent of 20k frames. Canon T3i, XT8 telescope. Mounted with a t-ring and a barlow. [Here]( is a timelapse of the transit.

Sunrise on Three Worlds in 1920×1080

> One guy in another thread is actually arguing that the sun is planet Earth. That actually makes a lot more sense, considering the angle of the sun shown by the shadows. It would be just beginning to light up the lunar landscape, but

10 minutes after the total eclipse ended.

It will happen again on 8 October this year. Total eclipse will begin at 10:25 UT, greatest eclipse at 10:54 UT, and it ends at 11:24 UT. Details are on [NASA’s website](

In March 2009 during STS 119’s visit to the ISS, astronomer Ralf Vandebergh (armed with a telescope and video camera) captured astronaut Joseph Acaba spacewalking 2009 April 10 ISS and Astronaut Credit & Copyright: Ralf Vandebergh Explanation: These two frames, taken with a video camera and a telescope, reveal remarkable details of the International Space Station (ISS) orbiting some 350 kilometers above planet Earth. Recorded during last month’s

A galaxy with a glowing heart

If viruses are alive, how about prions? At an easier to grasp level, how about fire? And, if fire is alive, how about self-sustaining fusion reactions, like stars? I’d go for something like “self replication with ability to increase the complexity of the pattern

Night Sky over Kenya

Oh I’ve been there before, loved it waaay too much so I’m going back to see other places. Thanks for the advise though. Tsavo was lovely. Masai Mara was absolutely beautiful

Io Transit of Jupiter

This is more generally known as the Jovian chromophore problem. We think we have a pretty good understanding of why there are alternating white and brown bands, but the red stuff that make up Great Red Spot still remains a mystery. Basically, everything you

Zeta Oph: Runaway Star

Absolute and true have issues with implying a single “real” frame of reference (as does pure, though somewhat less so). Characteristic velocity is already a thing in rocketry and in any case suggests it’s particular to a specific process, like characteristic radiation. Peculiar as

Moon partially blocking the sun

3 Things affect how much depth of field you’ll get in a photo: * Distance to subject. If it’s far enough away, then there’s not much of a focus difference between 385,000Km (The moon) or 150,000,000Km (The Sun) or infinity. In this photo, technically

The Rose Galaxies

Known in the scientific community by its more poetic name of [ARP 273](, this is an image of two galaxies caught in a gravitational clusterfuck after the smaller one passed through the larger one. What we get is a tidal pull on the lower

A clump of galaxy misfits

>That galaxies come in very different shapes and sizes is dramatically demonstrated by this striking Hubble image of the Hickson Compact Group 59. Named by astronomer Paul Hickson in 1982, this is the 59th such collection of galaxies in his catalogue of unusually close

Saturn at Equinox

> Every 15 years, as seen from Earth, Saturn’s rings point toward the Earth and appear to disappear. The disappearing rings are no longer a mystery — Saturn’s rings are known to be so thin and the Earth is so near the Sun that

Saturn’s Moon Enceladus, Taken by Cassini

Probably not. You’re joking, but it’s an interresting question. It’s not exactly clear what causes ice to be slippery, but it’s probably a thin semi-liquid layer of water that exists on water-ice because the molecular bonds just don’t quite add up. The pressure and