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We’ve got an impressive assortment of images taken from: satellites, the International Space Station, Hubble space telescope, spacecraft exploring planets and flying deep into space with amazing cameras, and a few taken from earth by giant telescopes and backyard amateur astronomers.  Enjoy.

EXPLORATIONS IN OUR SOLAR SYSTEM

Coronal mass

Coronal mass ejection from the sun.

Solar flare, NASA

Solar flare, NASA

This solar flare  rises more than 25,00 miles or 40,000 km above the sun's surface and stretches more than 20 Earth-diameters from end to end.

This solar flare rises more than 25,00 miles or 40,000 km above the sun’s surface and stretches more than 20 Earth-diameters from end to end.

Venus crossing the sun from the Hinode spacecraft.

Venus crossing the sun from Japan’s Hinode spacecraft.

 

Mountain on Venus' surface.

Mountain on Venus’ surface.

Mars

Mars

Mars sunrise via NASA

Mars sunrise via NASA

More Mars sunrise from NASA

More Mars sunrise from NASA

Another Mars sunrise.

Another Mars sunrise.

Venus starting to cross in front of the sun, from NASA via Washington Post.

Venus starting to cross in front of the sun, from NASA via Washington Post.

 Jupiter and it’s moon, IO

Jupiter and it’s moon, IO

The clearest photo of Mercury ever taken.

The clearest photo of Mercury ever taken.

Earth being orbited by the moon, taken from Mercury.  You have to look carefully.

Earth being orbited by the moon, taken from Mercury. You have to look carefully.

A cyclone over Saturn from NASA's Cassini mission from approximately 224,618 miles away.  The eye is a staggering 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) across with cloud speeds as fast as 330 miles per hour (150 meters per second).

A cyclone over Saturn from NASA’s Cassini mission from approximately 224,618 miles away. The eye is a staggering 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) across with cloud speeds as fast as 330 miles per hour (150 meters per second).

 

Earth, Jupiter, and Venus seen from Mars.

Earth, Jupiter, and Venus seen from Mars.

 

The Saturnian moons of Titan, Hyperion and Prometheus are visible just beyond the planet's trademark rings in a photo captured by Cassini space craft on July 14, 2014.

The Saturnian moons of Titan, Hyperion and Prometheus are visible just beyond the planet’s trademark rings in a photo captured by Cassini space craft on July 14, 2014.

Europa, Jupiter's icy moon.

Europa, Jupiter’s icy moon.

Taken by Hubble telescope in March 2003, Saturn’s rings are shown at maximum tilt toward Earth,  occurring only every 15 years.

Taken by Hubble telescope in March 2003, Saturn’s rings are shown at maximum tilt toward Earth, occurring only every 15 years.

This psychedelic-looking composite image of the sun taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (Little SDO) shows a series of significant solar eruptions that occurred over a period of three days  in January of 2013. The photo was created using three wavelengths of light that have been colorized in red, green, and blue to better show the dynamics of each eruption.

This psychedelic-looking composite image of the sun taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a series of significant solar eruptions that occurred over a period of three days in January of 2013. The photo was created using three wavelengths of light that have been colorized in red, green, and blue to better show the dynamics of each eruption.

BEYOND THE SOLAR SYSTEM, DEEP SPACE

A rose made of a pair of interacting galaxies, released to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The distorted shape of the larger of the two galaxies shows signs of tidal interactions with the smaller of the two. It is thought that the smaller galaxy has actually passed through the larger one.

A rose made of a pair of interacting galaxies, released to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The distorted shape of the larger of the two galaxies shows signs of tidal interactions with the smaller of the two. It is thought that the smaller galaxy has actually passed through the larger one.

A spiral galaxy with image taken directly from its edge, via Hubble telescope.

A spiral galaxy with image taken directly from its edge, via Hubble telescope.

In the centre of this image, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, are two faint galaxies that seem to be smiling.   You can make out two orange eyes and a white button nose. In the case of this “happy face”, the two eyes are the galaxies SDSSCGB 8842.3 and SDSSCGB 8842.4 and the misleading smile lines are actually arcs caused by an effect known as strong gravitational lensing.  Further explanations here talks about “such a powerful gravitational pull that they can warp the spacetime”  Too much for me.  :)

In the centre of this image, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, are two faint galaxies that seem to be smiling.
You can make out two orange eyes and a white button nose. In the case of this “happy face”, the two eyes are the galaxies SDSSCGB 8842.3 and SDSSCGB 8842.4 and the misleading smile lines are actually arcs caused by an effect known as strong gravitational lensing. Further explanation includes  “such a powerful gravitational pull that they can warp the spacetime” Too much for me. 🙂  If you want to check out more details, go here.

 

A supernova

A supernova

Helix nebula, the remains of a dying star, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Galaxy Evolution Explorer, the star's dusty outer layers glow from ultraviolet radiation.

Helix nebula, the remains of a dying star.  The star’s dusty outer layers glow from ultraviolet radiation.  Taken by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and Galaxy Evolution Explorer.

Lagoon nebula

Lagoon nebula

A dying red star.

A dying red star.

ESO, Chile, the Pencil Nebula.  This vibrant red and blue is part of a ring of wreckage resulting from a supernova explosion that occurred 11,000 years ago.

The Pencil Nebula. This vibrant red and blue is part of a ring of wreckage resulting from a supernova explosion that occurred 11,000 years ago.  ESO, Chile

 A red giant devours its own planet as the  dying star expands.

A red giant devours its own planet as the dying star expands.

EARTH FROM SPACE AND SPACE FROM EARTH

Antarctica from space

Antarctica from space

Manam volcano in Papua, New Guinea by jesse allen, NASA

Manam volcano in Papua, New Guinea by jesse allen, NASA

The Great Lakes and the state of MIchigan, USA, by Nasa satellite via Robert Jacobs on pinterest

The Great Lakes and the state of Michigan, USA, by Nasa satellite via Robert Jacobs on pinterest

The northern lights from the International Space Station.

The northern lights from the International Space Station.

This image of Earth at night is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite over nine days in April 2012 and thirteen days in October 2012. It took 312 orbits and 2.5 terabytes of data to get a clear shot of every parcel of Earth's land surface and islands.

This image of Earth at night is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite over nine days in April 2012 and thirteen days in October 2012. It took 312 orbits and 2.5 terabytes of data to get a clear shot of every parcel of Earth’s land surface and islands.

Northern lights from earth.

Northern lights from earth.

Astronomer Alan Friedman captured this spectacular shot of the sun’s surface using his back yard telescope.

Astronomer Alan Friedman captured this spectacular shot of the sun’s surface using his back yard telescope.

Stars from New Mexico, US, captured by yiminghuphoto.com

Stars from New Mexico, US, captured by yiminghuphoto.com

A spectacular night in Ireland.

A spectacular night in Ireland.

Globular clusters are some of the oldest structures in the universe.  Image via NASA

Globular clusters are some of the oldest structures in the universe. Image via NASA

There are about 1,100 active satellites, both government and private orbiting earth. Plus there are about 2,600 ones that no longer work.  In addition, there are currently around 22,000 objects in orbit larger than 10 cm.  This includes spent boosters, dead satellites, and even misplaced gloves.  On top of that there are as many as 370,000 smaller pieces of space junk.  Traveling at speeds up to 22,000 miles per hour even small objects can do serious damage if they come in contact with something larger.

There are about 1,100 active satellites, both government and private orbiting earth. Plus there are about 2,600 ones that no longer work. In addition, there are currently around 22,000 objects in orbit larger than 10 cm. This includes spent boosters, dead satellites, and even misplaced gloves. On top of that there are as many as 370,000 smaller pieces of space junk. Traveling at speeds up to 22,000 miles per hour even small objects can do serious damage if they come in contact with something larger.

a Super Moon, the biggest moon in 20 years, shown here above the Parthenon in Greece.

a Super Moon, the biggest moon in 20 years, shown here above the Parthenon in Greece.

moon and people

Here's a view looking at one year of seasonal transformations on Earth.  Made possible by the folks of the NASA Visible Earth team.  John Nelson downloaded the twelve cloud-free satellite imagery mosaics of Earth ("Blue Marble Next Generation") at each month of the year to create this gif.

Here’s a view looking at one year of seasonal transformations on Earth. Made possible by the folks of the NASA Visible Earth team. John Nelson downloaded the twelve cloud-free satellite imagery mosaics of Earth (“Blue Marble Next Generation”) at each month of the year to create this gif.

If you want more cosmic wonders, go here.

Thanks to:  The Daily Mail in Britain, NASA, ESAthe Hubble Heritage Team ,Colossal.

Also to:  Bruce Evens on pinterest.

And thanks to Patricia S., Melanie, George A., Claire Elizabeth

 

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30 thoughts on “Cosmic Wonders

  1. These photos caught me off guard. Thank you for super captions.
    And we’re part of all this?

  2. So blessed to live at a time when viewing this is possible. Thank you Dusky photographers for making this possible for all of us, especially ME.

  3. Beautiful pictures, un-believable what is out in space. Earth can’t be the only inhabited planet, there has to be more out there. Imagine the vastness of space, compared to a human life. We are just a speck in the larger picture.

  4. These pictures took my breadth away…..very humbling (the vastness) and very disturbing (that we humans could pollute even space so much!)…..

  5. Incredible, it makes you feel extremely small and insignificant in this vast wonder of the whole of creation.

  6. It would take more faith to believe this all came about by chance, than to believe an amazing, loving and powerful God made it. Think about it!!!

  7. Astounding the limitless space brimming with the billions and billions of stars makes you wonder where from they come,why and what for they are there,thinking makes you humble.Thanks to the technology and men who made these extraordinary photographs and share with us all. Thank you dusky.

  8. What a Great God and Savior. He longs for us to travel and view His universe with Him!!

  9. Amazing, wondrous and definitely humbling – we are such a small dot in an incredible universe. And some say it all happened by accident; there was no intelligent designer. But we marvel at the creative people who designed the equipment that could take these mind blowing shots.

  10. really amazing photos. makes you feel so small and insignificate. thankyou for making it possible to see

  11. Wow! One of your bests posts so far, in my opinion. Simply beautiful, amazing, stunning, humbling, and just gorgeous!! The picture with the satellites is kind of scary.

  12. These wonderful spectacular images remind us of the words of R.Buckminster Fuller: “We live on Spaceship Earth.”

  13. Beautiflul Photography!! I was touched by the number of comments that referenced god. and suprised at how little comments referenced the ” Every single sateltelite orbiting earth” photo that immediately struck me as deeply disturbing.

  14. Awesome. .. and to think this is just another revealing dimension of The Creator. The love of God for mankind is beyond comprehension. God’s humility to be born as a little babe on earth and magnanimity to be the Great willing sacrifice to atone for the sins of all humanity is another great dimension of The Creator to ponder on… Thank you for being able to share the wonders of The Omnipotent Creator…

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