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Sep 18
spaceexp:

Space shuttle as seen from the ISS

spaceexp:

Space shuttle as seen from the ISS


fossilera:

One of the most fascinating things about trilobites, their eyes. They were one of the very first animals to the sophisticated eyesight and they evolved many different types of eyes.
Find out more at Trilobites.info

fossilera:

One of the most fascinating things about trilobites, their eyes. They were one of the very first animals to the sophisticated eyesight and they evolved many different types of eyes.

Find out more at Trilobites.info

(via laboratoryequipment)


distant-traveller:


Hubble looks at light and dark in the universe







This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a variety of intriguing cosmic phenomena.
Surrounded by bright stars, towards the upper middle of the frame we see a small young stellar object (YSO) known as SSTC2D J033038.2+303212. Located in the constellation of Perseus, this star is in the early stages of its life and is still forming into a fully-grown star. In this view from Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys(ACS) it appears to have a murky chimney of material emanating outwards and downwards, framed by bright bursts of gas flowing from the star itself. This fledgling star is actually surrounded by a bright disk of material swirling around it as it forms — a disc that we see edge-on from our perspective.
However, this small bright speck is dwarfed by its cosmic neighbor towards the bottom of the frame, a clump of bright, wispy gas swirling around as it appears to spew dark material out into space. The bright cloud is a reflection nebula known as [B77] 63, a cloud of interstellar gas that is reflecting light from the stars embedded within it. There are actually a number of bright stars within [B77] 63, most notably the emission-line star LkHA 326, and it nearby neighbor LZK 18.
These stars are lighting up the surrounding gas and sculpting it into the wispy shape seen in this image. However, the most dramatic part of the image seems to be a dark stream of smoke piling outwards from [B77] 63 and its stars — a dark nebula called Dobashi 4173. Dark nebulae are incredibly dense clouds of pitch-dark material that obscure the patches of sky behind them, seemingly creating great rips and eerily empty chunks of sky. The stars speckled on top of this extreme blackness actually lie between us and Dobashi 4173.

Image credit: ESA/NASA

distant-traveller:

Hubble looks at light and dark in the universe

This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a variety of intriguing cosmic phenomena.

Surrounded by bright stars, towards the upper middle of the frame we see a small young stellar object (YSO) known as SSTC2D J033038.2+303212. Located in the constellation of Perseus, this star is in the early stages of its life and is still forming into a fully-grown star. In this view from Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys(ACS) it appears to have a murky chimney of material emanating outwards and downwards, framed by bright bursts of gas flowing from the star itself. This fledgling star is actually surrounded by a bright disk of material swirling around it as it forms — a disc that we see edge-on from our perspective.

However, this small bright speck is dwarfed by its cosmic neighbor towards the bottom of the frame, a clump of bright, wispy gas swirling around as it appears to spew dark material out into space. The bright cloud is a reflection nebula known as [B77] 63, a cloud of interstellar gas that is reflecting light from the stars embedded within it. There are actually a number of bright stars within [B77] 63, most notably the emission-line star LkHA 326, and it nearby neighbor LZK 18.

These stars are lighting up the surrounding gas and sculpting it into the wispy shape seen in this image. However, the most dramatic part of the image seems to be a dark stream of smoke piling outwards from [B77] 63 and its stars — a dark nebula called Dobashi 4173. Dark nebulae are incredibly dense clouds of pitch-dark material that obscure the patches of sky behind them, seemingly creating great rips and eerily empty chunks of sky. The stars speckled on top of this extreme blackness actually lie between us and Dobashi 4173.

Image credit: ESA/NASA


Sep 17
ioanaiuliana21:

Land of mathematics

ioanaiuliana21:

Land of mathematics

(via physicistsneedlovetoo)



70sscifiart:

Happy Literacy Day. By Lance Miyamoto, 1981.

70sscifiart:

Happy Literacy Day. By Lance Miyamoto, 1981.


Sep 16
gypsylolita:

Crystal Visions

gypsylolita:

Crystal Visions

(via mineralia)


Sep 12
madddscience:

David Pelham, for Olaf Stapledon’s ‘Sirius,’ 1975

madddscience:

David Pelham, for Olaf Stapledon’s ‘Sirius,’ 1975

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huffingtonpost:

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Looks Pretty Rough After Two Years On Mars (PHOTOS)

Curiosity killed the cat? Maybe. But one thing’s for sure—Mars is slowly killing Curiosity.

See all the photos of the rover here. 

(via spaceexp)



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