The Hubble Space Telescope is surely one of the greatest scientific successes in history and it's still producing incredible results a quarter of a century after launch. Full credit to those who designed Hubble and those who keep it functioning today Togel Online Klik 4D .
PUBLISHED MARCH 21, 2014
Happy birthday, Hubble. Astronomers snapped this image of the Monkey Head Nebula—released on March 17—in honor of the famous space telescope's 24 years in orbit.
The nebula, formally known as NGC 2174, resides 6,400 light-years away, within the Orion constellation. It's a region known as a stellar nursery, where clouds of gas and dust coalesce to form young stars. (Learn more about star formation.)
Saturn looms as a thin crescent in this image, released on March 17, taken by cameras on board the international Cassini spacecraft.
Part of the planet's famed rings paint the left side of the image, breaking up Saturn's profile. Cassini captured the image from 1.4 million miles (2.3 million kilometers) away, in orbit around the ringed planet. (See "Saturn's Largest Moon Would Host Really, Really Weird Life.")
Mars's New Channel
Before (left) and after (right) comparison of the Terra Sirenum region on Mars reveal a new gully (arrow) carved sometime between November 2010 and May 2013. Cameras aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took the images.
Although it looks similar to gullies on Earth that are formed by flowing water, this Martian gully is likely the result of carbon dioxide frost, or dry ice. Planetary scientists can't be sure exactly when the new channel formed, but similar occurrences tend to happen during winter on the red planet. (See "Martian 'Blueberries' Really Pieces of Meteorites?")
A meteor streaks through the night sky near Wellington, New Zealand, in an image submitted to Your Shot on March 16.
Mark Gee traveled 20 minutes outside the city to photograph part of the Milky Way galaxy (map), and was lucky enough to catch a falling star.
International Space Station astronauts snapped an intriguing view of Utah's Green River, a section known as Bowknot Bend. The meandering river (dark blue-green) has cut a canyon nearly a thousand feet (305 meters) deep over many millennia.
The image, released March 14, also caught the contrail of an airplane (white streak, lower left) as it flew over the area. (Learn about life in space on the National Geographic Channel.)
Heart and Soul
An amateur stargazer captured this image of the Heart and Soul Nebulae from Ocala, Florida. Submitted to Your Shot on March 16, Steven Coates stitched together multiple images from several cameras to produce this composite picture.
The nebula resides within the constellation Cassiopeia, about 6,000 light-years away from Earth.
I have believed for a long time that if life on Earth was a freak accident; that the Universe is so vast that the freak accident would occur many times.
Is not The Milky Way Considered the main Neighborhood and Earth is so distant as to be in the far far country?
Congrats on Hubble's birthday.
Is Earth considered Hucky Pudle in distance from Milkyway?
I am still convinced that something good is in orbit around the Sun while we are
this side and pictures are taken on the other side of the Sun, to complete the total
Pictures of both sides of the Sun.
These photos are always awe-inspiring.
The Hubble Space Telescope is surely one of the greatest scientific successes in history and it's still producing incredible results a quarter of a century after launch. Full credit to those who designed Hubble and those who keep it functioning today. The planetary orbiters and their creators and operators deserve similar credit.
works and looks fine without your personal boogeyman. your superstitions have nothing to do with the beauty and physics of cosmology.
@Chrissy Coffman Agreed!
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