Posts tagged space
Posts tagged space
Pale Blue Dot - A photograph of Earth taken in 1990 by the Voyager 1 spacecraft from a record distance of about 3.7 billion miles
The spacecraft, which had completed its primary mission and was leaving the Solar System, was commanded by NASA to turn its camera around and take a photograph of Earth across a great expanse of space, at the request of Carl Sagan.
“Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every ‘superstar’, every ‘supreme leader’, every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
8 Minutes of the Earth’s Rotation
How I wish our planet’s movement was this apparent while staring at the night sky. It could probably make a lot more people realize just how tiny we are compared to this vast unexplored galaxy above our heads.
This is a stack of 70 pictures with a 5 second exposure each at ISO 3200 and f/2.2.
Photographed by: Paolo Nacpil
In the Center of the Trifid Nebula
Image Credit: Subaru Telescope (NAOJ), Hubble Space Telescope, Martin Pugh; Processing: Robert Gendler
These are a few of my favourite things + nebulas
Jewellery by BeautySpot in Kiev, Ukraine.
We’ve all dreamed of floating around the cosmos, peering here and there, getting up close and personal views of celestial bodies… right? One benefit of taking such a trip would be the ability to see the 3D structures of things like nebulas and galaxies, should we catch them at the right distance and angle.
The best we can do from Earth is approximation and imagination. That’s what space photographer J-P Metsävainio does. He takes as much scientific data as he can, and applies artistic license to the rest.
The results are jaw-dropping. Here’s one of his 3D GIFs:
(it’s about 7MB, so those of you on your Tumblr dashboards will have to click through. DO IT.)