Telescopes

 Cosmic Tribune

A cosmic marvel from one of the Seven Wonders of Russia

A cosmic marvel from one of the Seven Wonders of Russia

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Sergei Makurin] You may have heard of the Seven Sisters in the sky, but have you heard about the Seven Strong Men on the ground? Located just west of the Ural Mountains, the unusual Manpupuner rock formations are one of the Seven Wonders of Russia. How these ancient 40-meter […]

 Cosmic Tribune

Lovejoy, the giant, green comet

Lovejoy, the giant, green comet

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Rogelio Bernal Andreo, Deep Sky Colors Sweeping north in planet Earth’s sky, Comet Lovejoy’s greenish coma and blue tinted ion tail stretched across this field of stars in the constellation Taurus on Jan. 13. The inset at the upper left shows the 1/2 degree angular size of the full […]

 Cosmic Tribune

A view of majestic Saturn, its rings and moon Rhea, courtesy of the Cassini spacecraft

A view of majestic Saturn, its rings and moon Rhea, courtesy of the Cassini spacecraft

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA] Soft hues, partially lit orbs, a thin trace of the ring, and slight shadows highlight this understated view of the majestic surroundings of the giant planet Saturn. Looking nearly back toward the Sun, the robot Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn captured crescent […]

 Cosmic Tribune

Heaven above, North Korea below

Heaven above, North Korea below

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION / Jia Hao] Known in the north as a winter meteor shower, the 2014 Geminids rain down on this rugged, frozen landscape. The scene was recorded from the summit of Mt. Changbai along China’s northeastern border with North Korea as a composite of digital frames capturing bright meteors near […]

 Cosmic Tribune

A universe of universes

A universe of universes

[CLICK ON IMAGE for High Resolution / Tony Hallas Big, beautiful spiral galaxy NGC 7331 is often touted as an analog to our own Milky Way. About 50 million light-years distant in the northern constellation Pegasus, NGC 7331 was recognized early on as a spiral nebula and is actually one of the brighter galaxies not […]

 Cosmic Tribune

M1: The Crab Nebula — All that remains of an exploding star seen by astronomers in 1054

M1: The Crab Nebula — All that remains of an exploding star seen by astronomers in 1054

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Credit:Martin Pugh] The Crab Nebula is cataloged as M1, the first object on Charles Messier’s famous 18th century list of things which are not comets. In fact, the Crab is now known to be a supernova remnant, debris from the death explosion of a massive star, witnessed by astronomers […]

 Cosmic Tribune

What caused the rare structure of the Polar Ring Galaxy NGC 660

What caused the rare structure of the Polar Ring Galaxy NGC 660

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Gemini Observatory, AURA, Travis Rector (Univ. Alaska Anchorage)] NGC 660 is featured in this cosmic snapshot, a sharp composite of broad and narrow band filter image data from the Gemini North telescope on Mauna Kea. Over 20 million light-years away and swimming within the boundaries of the constellation Pisces, […]

 Cosmic Tribune

NGC 4762: A disk galaxy as thin as our Milky Way

NGC 4762: A disk galaxy as thin as our Milky Way

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION / ESA/Hubble & NASA Why is there a bright line on the sky? What is pictured above is actually a disk galaxy being seen almost perfectly edge on. The image from the Hubble Space Telescope is a spectacular visual reminder of just how thin disk galaxies can be. NGC […]

 Cosmic Tribune

Comet 67P, up close and personal

Comet 67P, up close and personal

CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION / ESA / Rosetta / MPS for OSIRIS Team; MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA/Elisabetta Bonora & Marco Faccin (Alive Universe Images) Spacecraft Rosetta continues to approach, circle, and map Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Crossing the inner Solar System for ten years to reach the vicinity of the comet last month, the robotic spacecraft continues to […]

 Cosmic Tribune

Stunning view of Saturn’s north pole

Stunning view of Saturn’s north pole

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA] Acquiring its first sunlit views of far northern Saturn in late 2012, the Cassini spacecraft’s wide-angle camera recorded this stunning, false-color image of the ringed planet’s north pole. The composite of near-infrared image data results in red hues for low clouds and […]