PHOTOGRAPH BY NASA, ESA
Published March 7, 2014
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captures a cosmic clash in this March 4 image, showing stars spilling from a spiral galaxy.
Some 200 million light-years away, the spiral galaxy ESO 137-007 suffers from coming too close to a much more massive cluster of galaxies. The gravitational pull of the galaxy cluster rips the stars away from one side of the spiral galaxy.
Rocket Races Across Alaskan Sky
On a rendezvous with an aurora, a NASA sounding rocket races into the Alaskan sky on March 3. The Ground-to-Rocket Electrodynamics-Electron Correlative Experiment (GREECE) mission aims to unravel how curls and eddies form in the northern lights.
Milky Way Spans Starry Sky
Shining in all its glory, the Milky Way glistens above the Chilean desert in this Your Shot image taken on March 4.
This mosaic of seven nighttime images from the Atacama Desert captures the wonder of the clear, dark sky.
Whirlpool Whirls Across Deep Space
An odd couple stares back at Earth, the Whirlpool Galaxy and its satellite galaxy seen in this Your Shot image made on March 6.
Perhaps 30 million light-years away, the Whirlpool Galaxy is often seen as a laboratory for astronomers studying the gravitational pull the two galaxies exert on each other.
Hubble Spots Asteroid's Breakup
Breaking up is hard to do ... unless you're an asteroid. Here, the Hubble Space Telescope spots Asteroid P/2013 R3 whirling apart, a first in astronomy.
In this series of images taken from October to January, the asteroid breaks into ten pieces, some trailing tails of cometary debris.
Astronomers suspect that solar winds had slowly spun the asteroid until it reached a breaking point and split apart. The four largest pieces of the asteroid measured more than 650 feet (roughly 200 meters) across.
Rainfall Rocket Reaches for Orbit
A rocket carrying a global rain- and snow-watching satellite lifted off from Japan on February 28. The Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory will keep an eye on precipitation patterns from orbit.
Developed by the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency and NASA, the successful launch of the satellite was greeted with celebration by climate scientists around the globe.
Stars Spin Over Steeple
A starry night spins over a steeple, seen in this March 4 Your Shot picture of the skies above Iowa.
A Perseid meteor flashes across the circling stars, just to the left of the steeple of St. Donatus Church. (Some 65 photos exposed for 30 seconds each make up the mosaic.)
The pics were awesome, but I truly enjoyed every comment. I guess it's fine being blind in 1 eye if I can still see out of the other 1! Enjoy your day & save the planet.
Poeple in the city will never know how awesome space is with all the city lights it's impossible to see stars etc.
This is awesome of awesome!
I'd like to know how the photogapher took this Magnificent picture.
Lens, time for sutter released.
Very beautiful! I wish I had more opportunities to see the Milky Way away from the city lights and air pollution.
A great picture. It looks like it took a while to get it and it really lookes like it has a challenge!
"Milky way spans starry sky" is the most amazing picture. The milky way spans are clear in our Arabian deserts too, but unfortunately I don't have a picture of it.
Great pictures indeed.
@Jinkyung Park Which photo are you talking about?
@Mark Byrd thank you! :)
@Joshua Hall :) Lots of people said the same thing. Oddly enough I looked at that painting everyday in school and forgot all about it until people commented that on my photo and I looked up what they were talking about.
@Babi Gobbo Thank you! :)
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