Sunday, December 18, 2016

Images from Space

2016 was a year full of new discoveries and beautiful imagery coming from our universe. We saw new images of Saturn’s rings and even of the surface of our own moon. We got a deeper look into the structure of one of the brightest galaxies and we witnessed stunning views taken from multiple astronauts from the NASA, ESA, JAXA agencies as they circled our planet aboard the International Space Station. Here are some of these images from space.

London at midnight.

       This image combines an image taken with Hubble Space Telescope in the optical (taken in                                   spring 2014) and observations of its auroras in the ultraviolet.

   This image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows Trumpler 14, a glittering star cluster     that contains a collection of some of the brightest stars seen in our Milky Way galaxy.

The full moon rises just before sunset, over western China.

This NASA photo obtained shows an image taken by Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agencys Kounotori H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-6) as it approached the International Space Station.

This false-color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows clouds in Saturn's northern hemisphere.

The Milky Way is observed behind a lookout tower near the Hungarian border village of Tachty, or Tajti in Hungarian, Slovakia.

    A maelstrom of glowing gas and dark dust within one of the Milky Way’s satellite galaxies,
 the Large Magellanic Cloud.

     Election Day 2016 aboard the space station. Thanks to a bill passed by Texas legislators that          put in place technical voting procedure for astronauts, they have the ability to vote from 
                                            space through specially designed absentee ballots.

A Wolf–Rayet star, known as WR 31a, located about 30 000 light-years away in the constellation of Carina (The Keel).

Running Man Nebula.

     An image of the Milky Way, released to mark the completion of the APEX Telescope Large          Area Survey of the Galaxy. The APEX telescope in Chile has mapped the full area of the        Galactic Plane visible from the southern hemisphere for the first time at submillimetre wavelengths.

   An all-sky view of stars in our Galaxy. the Milky Way, and neighboring galaxies, based on the    first year of observations from ESA’s Gaia satellite, from July, 2014 to Sept, 2015. The photo was released in 1016.

      The moon covers the sun, leaving a ring of fire effect around the moon, during an annular 
       solar eclipse, seen in Saint-Louis, on the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion.

    The 2,980-mile-wide Cassini Division in Saturn's rings on the sunlit side of the rings 
        from about 4 degrees above the ring plane.

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA, released all of the data from its 
Kayuga spacecraft in Oct. 2016 showing images of the Earth captured from the moons surface.

Bright, frosty polar caps, and clouds above a vivid, rust-colored landscape reveal Mars 
as a dynamic seasonal planet.

This image of the Orion Nebula star-formation region was obtained from multiple
exposures using the HAWK-I infrared camera on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile.

Bystanders watch a solar total eclipse through cloudy conditions in Palembang 
in March, 2016.

The Richat Structure or “Bulls Eye” in Mauritania.

    The central region of the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud, containing the 
            R136 star cluster which contains hundreds of young blue stars, among them the most 
                                                   massive star detected in the universe so far.

Milky Way rising over the horizon.

A newly formed star lights up the surrounding cosmic clouds in this image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. Dust particles in the vast clouds that surround the star HD 97300 diffuse its light, like a car headlight in enveloping fog, and create the reflection nebula IC 263.

This picture, taken by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), shows NGC 4696, the largest galaxy in the Centaurus Cluster..

Green lights from night fishing boats in Thailand.

The Bubble Nebula, also known as NGC 7635, is an emission nebula located 
8000 light-years away..

An aurora over northern Canada.

Moonrise on the International Space Station Astronaut Kate Rubins on the International Space Station shared this image of moonrise.

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