NASA astronomy pictures of the day – 1

Eta Carinae and the Homunculus Nebula

Eta Carinae and the Homunculus Nebula

NGC 4676: When Mice Collide

NGC 4676: When Mice Collide

High Cliffs Surrounding Echus Chasma on Mars

High Cliffs Surrounding Echus Chasma on Mars

IC 4406: A Seemingly Square Nebula

IC 4406: A Seemingly Square Nebula

Wisps Surrounding the Horsehead Nebula. When you think of the closeups you've seen of the Horsehead Nebula, you get a sense of the scale of this image

Wisps Surrounding the Horsehead Nebula. When you think of the closeups you’ve seen of the Horsehead Nebula, you get a sense of the scale of this image

Sand Dunes Thawing on Mars

Sand Dunes Thawing on Mars

M104 Hubble Remix

M104 Hubble Remix

Star Forming Region LH 95

Star Forming Region LH 95

Galaxy Wars: M81 versus M82

Galaxy Wars: M81 versus M82

The NGC 3576 Nebula

The NGC 3576 Nebula

red-star

Image sources: 1st/2nd/3rd/4th/5th/6th/7th/8th/9th/10th

4 thoughts on “NASA astronomy pictures of the day – 1

  1. Another interest of mine Astronomy. Fascinating photographs Phil 🙂 Have you been to the Parkes Observatory? I spent the day there then the evening at the Dubbo Observatory. The guy who owns the observatory in Dubbo is a fascinating character. Here, I had the most enjoyable educational experience of my life…… to date.

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    • Hi Kristin, I’m glad you like the photos – the NASA archive I’m getting them from is huge and it’s very difficult choosing which images to post – they’re all fantastic. I’m posting them for several reasons – they’re beautiful – but also because they reflect the achievements of science and argue for the importance of science. Also, I think the vastness they refer to and the wonder of it helps put us and our issues on earth into context. The only observatory I’ve been to is the original one, in Sydney. Filippo

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