Three Great Space Photos

Triple Galaxy

Arp 274 Triple Galaxy Group | Hubble Space Telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope took a closer look at this triple galaxy group on April 1 and 2 after 140,000 people around the world voted on six potential targets. The areas have previously only been photographed by ground-based telescopes. The Arp 274 galaxy group won the competition with more than 67,000 votes …

The galaxies to the right and left show blueish lights, evidence of rapid star formation. Older stars are more yellow. The group is located in the constellation Virgo, 400 million light years away from Earth. The two bright stars at the right of the image are actually located in our own galaxy. (HT: Wired Science)

The Milky Way and Jupiter

Milky Way and Jupiter | False Kiva

This picture was taken in Eastern Utah. Details: The America Southwest is home to thousands of caves that were once home for millenniums of various Indian cliff dwellers. Few are as hauntingly beautiful as “False Kiva”, given it’s name for the round stone circle that normally would have a room below, but in this case does not. This hidden cave sits half way down a mesa cliff and has a stunning “room with a view” of the Monument Valley like rock formations in eastern Utah. One can only imagine the thousands of times individuals through the ages saw this same view of Jupiter and the Milky Way parade across the heavens from their very own back yard. (HT:

Eye in the Sky

Helix Nebula

A spectacular “cosmic eye” has been photographed in space by a telescope in Chile, showing a distant nebula in which Sunlike stars are burning themselves out.

The image of the Helix nebula, which lies 700 light years in the constellation Aquarius, was captured with the Wide Field Imager instrument at the European La Silla Observatory.

The Helix is a planetary nebula – a kind of stellar old people’s home, in which stars at the end of their lives shed clouds of gas, often creating intricate patterns that shine with great beauty. The Helix nebula is one of the closest planetary nebulae to Earth but it is hard to see visually because its light is spread thinly over a large area of sky, a quarter of the size of the full Moon. In this image a rich background of distant galaxies can also be seen.

The main ring of the Helix nebula is about two light years across, or half the distance between the Sun and the nearest star. Around the inside of the ring, it is possible to see small blobs that resemble droplets of water, known as “cometary knots”, which have faint tails that extend away from the central star. (HT: Times Online)

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  1. Margaret says:

    We both enjoyed those photos, especially the one of Jupiter and the Milky Way, framed by the opening of the cave, – fantastic. What an incredibly beautiful universe. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    Margaret – I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. Thanks for sharing.

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