Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Space Pictures of the Year

An incredible set of Space images from - these are my favorites:

The Cartwheel galaxy as seen by the Galaxy Evolution Explorer's Far Ultraviolet detector, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory - Picture: AP / NASA

The Crab Nebula, one of the most studied objects in the sky. X-ray data from Chandra provide significant clues to the workings of this mighty cosmic "generator," which is producing energy at the rate of 100,000 suns - Picture: AP / NASA

The emission nebula NGC 6164, which was created by a rare, hot, luminous O-type star, some 40 times as massive as the Sun. Seen at the centre of the cosmic cloud, the star is a mere three to four million years old - Picture: NASA

The large galaxy with well defined spiral structure is NGC 5194. Its arms and dust lanes sweep in front of its companion galaxy, NGC 5195. The pair are about 31 million light-years distant - Picture: NASA

Go check out the full set ... how insignificant we seem in the face of this Majesty ...



  1. good find - the first one could be a Christmas card.

  2. Incredible. Thank you for sharing. The nebula looks like an embryo in the womb and the two big-small buddies look like they were playing together and yet they were so far apart.

    I'm sharing these with the children when they return.

  3. Thank you OG ...

    I have a Hubble image set as my computer desktop background and sometimes I just stare at it in wonder - it's the same with these pictures