July 24, 2017
FOR HIGH RESOLUTION: Mike O’Day]
Behold the largest ball of stars in our galaxy.
Omega Centauri is packed with about 10 million stars, many older than our Sun and packed within a volume of only… Continue reading
for High Resolution, Lóránd Fényes]
Is our Galaxy this thin? We believe so.
The magnificent spiral galaxy NGC 4565 is viewed edge-on from planet Earth. Also known as the Needle Galaxy for its narrow profile, bright NGC 4565… Continue reading
Jan. 31, 2017
[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, NASA, JSC, ESRS]
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station see some amazing vistas, one of which was captured in this breathtaking picture in mid-2015.
First, visible at the top, are parts… Continue reading
[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Wolfgang Ries / Stefan Heutz (Astrokooperation)]
The two eye-catching galaxies lie far beyond the Milky Way, at a distance of over 300 million light-years.
Their distorted appearance is due to gravitational tides as the… Continue reading
[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Sebastian Voltmer]
Wandering through this stunning field of view, Mars really is in front of these colorful cosmic clouds.
The mosaic contructed from telescopic images is about 5 degrees (10 full moons) across. It… Continue reading
June 16, 2016
CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, European Southern Observatory, Aniello Grado and Luca Limatola
The Fornax Galaxy Cluster is one of the closest of such groupings beyond our Local Group of galaxies. This new VLT Survey Telescope… Continue reading
[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Dietmar Hager, Eric Benson]
This sharp telescopic field of view holds two bright galaxies. Barred spiral NGC 5101 (top right) and nearly edge-on system NGC 5078 are separated on the sky by about 0.5… Continue reading
[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Mads Fredslund Andersen, Stellar Astrophysics Centre, Aarhus Univ., Denmark]
Near first quarter, the Moon in March lights this snowy, rugged landscape, a view across the top of Tenerife toward La Palma in the Canary… Continue reading
[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Roberto Colombari]
This huge ball of stars predates our Sun. Long before humankind evolved, before dinosaurs roamed, and even before our Earth existed, ancient globs of stars condensed and orbited a young Milky Way… Continue reading
[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Bob Franke]
Comet C/2014 S2 (PanSTARRS) poses for a Messier moment in this telescopic snapshot from April 18.
In fact it shares the 1.5 degree wide field-of-view with two well-known entries in the 18th… Continue reading