Some old photomanipulation art I did in 2008 during my pre-Photoshop days (I was a fan of GIMP). I took an image of dried mud and turned it into an exploding planet, aptly named “Death of the Blue Planet.” Figured I would toss it back up here.
We also snapped this picture of Mare Crisium, which doesn’t look very big, but it’s 345 miles across, roughly equal to the distance from LA to San Francisco.
Framing a bright emission region this telescopic view looks out along the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy toward the nebula rich constellation Cygnus the Swan. Popularly called the Tulip Nebula the glowing cloud of interstellar gas and dust is also found in the 1959 catalog by astronomer Stewart Sharpless as Sh2-101. About 8,000 light-years distant the nebula is understandably not the only cosmic cloud to evoke the imagery of flowers. The complex and beautiful nebula is shown here in a composite image that maps emission from ionized sulfur, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms into red, green, and blue colors. Ultraviolet radiation from young, energetic O star HDE 227018 ionizes the atoms and powers the emission from the Tulip Nebula. HDE 227018 is the bright star very near the blue arc at image center.
Nebulae by Fabian Oefner
That’s no galaxy! That’s a fiber glass lamp seen through long exposure photography, then duplicated several times in Photoshop to achieve maximum starrage. It turns out that a galaxy far, far away is really as close as your local clearance bin.
This is a recent true color image taken by Nasa and the Japanese Space Agency showing Venus in transit around our sun.
Dragon grappled by Canadarm2
With clouds and land forming a backdrop, the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is grappled by the Canadarm2 robotic arm at the International Space Station. Expedition 31 Flight Engineers Don Pettit and Andre Kuipers grappled Dragon at 9:56 a.m. (EDT) and used the robotic arm to berth Dragon to the Earth-facing side of the station’s Harmony node at 12:02 p.m. May 25, 2012.
Image courtesy SSRO/PROMPT/CTIO
Before he joins the Avengers, Thor may need to retrieve his helmet—which is floating in space 15,000 light-years away.
Also known as NGC 2359, Thor’s Helmet is a nebula found in the constellation Canis Major. As seen in this recently released picture from the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, the cosmic cloud of dust and gas is being shaped like a winged helm by outpourings of radiation from the massive stars inside.
Hey, I'm Ryan, otherwise known as Captain Couch.
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