You Won’t Believe What is Happening in Space RIGHT NOW! From the creation of new stars to incredible supernovas…stay tuned to number 1 to see the most amazing photo ever taken from space!
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From the creation of new stars to incredible supernovas…stay tuned to number 1 to see
the most amazing photo ever taken from space!
Number 10: The Pillars of Creation.
Although this looks like some artists abstract painting of nothing in particular; the Pillars
of Creation is actually a genuine photo of massive fingers of cosmic dust and gas.
The only two “close up” photos in existence (and I use that term loosely) were both taken
by the ever-reliable Hubble telescope…and its name is not just there to sound impressive,
but is actually incredibly fitting.
What we see in this photo is tons and tons of cosmic dust that is in the process of forming
Each of the pillars of dust span between 4 and 5 light years long which is truly a remarkable
distance…yet is still only a small part of the Eagle Nebula, which is a mind melting
70 by 55 light years in size.
Interestingly enough if you know where to look you can actually see the eagle nebula
through a relatively small telescope and if you have a large telescope and decent viewing
conditions you can even see the Pillars of Creation yourself in the comfort of your own
Number 9: Hubble Ultra Deep Field, 2004.
If you ever want to realize just how small and insignificant we all are, look no further
than the Hubble Ultra Deep Field photo.
Because in this photo we do not only see one galaxy; which already reminds us how small
we are, but rather a few thousand different galaxies.
And by that we mean that in this one photo there are more than 10,000 galaxies.
Now just in case you are no astronomy fan you need to remember that we live on earth,
which is just one planet in our solar system, which is just one of millions of solar systems
that make up our galaxy, which is just one of billions of galaxies that make up the universe.
This is mind melting territory to even think of, but just as a point of comparison; trying
to find earth would be like trying to find one specific grain of sand out of all the
sand at your local beach…its going to take a while.
Number 8: Untethered Spacewalk, 1984.
Cinema has a long history of releasing criminals into the void of space as a form of death
Meanwhile back in 1984 astronaut Bruce McCandles became the first ever person to do an untethered
space walk at his own free will by using another invention that is often seen in movies and
video games; a jetpack!
After being released into space with no chord attached to him, Bruce McCandles used a nitrogen
propelled jetpack strapped to his back to allow him to maneuver himself while floating
He reportedly flew 320 feet away from the space shuttle before making his return and
becoming the first person ever to use a jetpack while floating in outer space.
It was an incredible achievement for both himself as well as for NASA and if I had to
choose who should be more famous between him and Neil Armstrong walking on the moon.
I may have a different opinion of who I would choose.
Number 7: Selfie With A Comet.
In March 2004, the European Space Agency, or ESA, launched a craft into space with a
very specific mission; to find, document and land on a comet.
Specifically the icy comet 67P, which was discovered in deep space.
During the Rosetta’s journey it passed by 2 other asteroids and by August in 2014 it
had reached its objective.
There was a little landing craft called the Philae Lander on board the Rosetta and its
job was to discharge itself from Rosetta and land on the comet.
This lander had a camera attached to it and, when it was just 10 miles away from the comet,
it snapped a photo.
Capturing one of Rosetta’s 46 foot long solar panels in the frame with the comet, and clearly
visible in the background while doing so.
By doing this, we got the incredible photo that is now known as the selfie with a comet.
In November 2014 the Philae lander was deployed and managed to land successfully on 67P where
it collected data before being powered down having completed its successful mission.
Number 6: The Eye of God.
This picture is of the Helix Nebula, and first became famous in 2003 for resembling a human
Couple that with this nebula’s sheer size and you end up with what is now commonly known
as The Eye of God.
Truth be told, though, this famous picture is not one photo of the planetary nebula but
rather a combination of multiple photos taken from both the Hubble telescope, as well as
the telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory.
The color was also adjusted when the photos were being knit together but, despite these
that, the picture that you see today of the Helix Nebula is essentially what it looks
As far as what The Eye of God actually is, though, is concerning, it is a dying star
quite similar to our own sun that has evolved into a red giant and is shedding its outer
Eventually when the star cools down enough it will become a white dwarf, which is essentially
just a star roughly the size of a planet.
Number 5: Venus in front of the sun.
Actually referred to as a transit, you need to be quite lucky to actually encounter this
for two reasons.
First is because of the pattern in which it occurs; where it will pass the sun once, then
again 8 years later but then after that one it will take another 105 years to cross again.
After that cycle it will be 8 years again but then 121 years before you will witness
Meaning that if you missed the transiting of Venus in 2004 and in 2012 then you need
to give up hope of ever seeing it.
The second reason is because of the size of Venus.
You should already realize at this point that space is big, like really big, and that our
sun is also mind confusingly big despite being considered a small star.
Venus is roughly the same size as earth and since you have now seen a picture of Venus
in front of the sun you need to try wrap your head around the fact that Venus is barely
more than a speck of dust in front of the sun and doesn’t affect the light in any way.
Number 4: The Crab Nebula.
The Crab Nebula, or alternatively Messier 1, is the remnants of a star that went supernova
not too many years ago; by that we mean that it was first noted way back in 1054 AD by
Chinese astronomers that noticed it appear one night while starring into the nights sky.
Even more amazing is that according to records from the time the light from the supernova
could even be seen during the day for 23 days, and, if you knew what to look for, it could
be seen at night for an additional 653 days.
It was given the name of the Crab Nebula when the astronomers who had discovered it sketched
it as a sort of crab shaped object.
Unfortunately…modern, boring scientist then gave it the name Messier 1, but the original
name has stuck around at least.
At the center of the Nebula is a pulsar; which is a neutron star of only 6 miles wide, and
yet as dense as our sun.
This pulsar rotates around at a speed of 30 times per second!
The body of the nebula is the usual gases, and such, that are left behind after a star
goes supernova, but what it has formed is certainly a spectacular image to behold.
Number 3: Mystic Mountain.
This incredible mountain of gas was first discovered in February 2010 and, despite it
looking like it comes straight out of star wars, or even lord of the rings…this photo
has not been doctored or adjusted in any way.
Located 7,500 light years away from where ever you are right now and deep within the
Carina Nebula, this massive cloud of dust actually shows quite a bit of stuff going
Inside that very picture there are stars forming in the dust and radiation.
And the two jets of dust shooting out in different directions at the tops of 2 of the spires
is the initial signs of a brand new star being born.
Possibly just as interesting, the blue haze that can be seen around the edges is oxygen,
while the greener colors are hydrogen and nitrogen.
And, finally, the redish mist is sulfur.
Put these together and you get a picture that is not only amazing to look at but also shows
quite a bit of stuff going on.
Number 2: Hubble’s Andromeda Galaxy.
You may think that your 4K wallpaper on your Ultra HD computer monitor is impressive, and
maybe it is.
But, it is extremely unlikely that you have a photo anywhere on your computer that quite
compares to this.
The Hubble’s panoramic shot of our nearest neighboring galaxy, Andromeda, is quite literally
the largest photo ever taken.
That one picture will take up 4.3 GB of disk space on your hard drive and it comprises
1.5 billion pixels.
If you zoom in on the picture, you will find over 100 million stars in just a portion of
the galaxy that stretches over 40,000 light years.
The Andromeda galaxy is considered close to us in space terms, sitting at only 2.5 million
light years from earth, allowing the telescopes to zoom in on specific areas of the galaxy,
this wasn’t originally one extremely high resolution photo, though, and the telescope
initially took 411 individual photos that where then painstakingly stitched together
to create the incredible photo that you see now.
Number 1: The Hubble Telescope.
No list containing some of the incredible photos taken from deep space without mentioning
and showing the telescope that is responsible for taking said photos.
Enter the Hubble Telescope, not just any telescope but one that has literally taken photos of
things thousands of light years away from us as if they were right above us in the night
Although’I guess…technically they are.
Floating just 353 miles above the earth, Hubble remains above the atmosphere and in the perfect
spot to see the vastness of space.
First launched on April 24, 1990 with the Space Shuttle Discovery, Hubble was a joint
partnership between NASA and ESA.
Since its launch, astronauts have visited it on a few occasions to upgrade its capabilities
and allow it to see even further out into space.
Despite all the incredible photos Hubble has taken though, we are still waiting patiently
for that one picture containing the Enterprise flying in the back of shot…as long as it’s
not a Borg ship!
What is your favorite part about space?
Let us know in the comments below and…take care!
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