Hubble Sees an Ancient Globular Cluster: NASA Image of the Day

Sometimes I think my life is an ancient globular cluster, but let's not get into that right now. This image is gorgeous and awe-inspiring and filled with wonder and unimaginable beauty. Of course the first thing I thought of is the opening of Doctor Who in the 1980s because that's just how my mind works. [...]

Holiday Lights on the Sun: NASA Image of the Day

It's like a giant Christmas ornament in the sky! Not really. Still, pretty cool though. Be sure to watch the video at the bottom. Imagery of a Solar Flare The sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 7:28 p.m. EST on Dec. 19, 2014. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured [...]

Hubble Sees Turquoise-Tinted Plumes in Large Magellanic Cloud:NASA Image of the Day

The Hubble telescope, best invention ever. The brightly glowing plumes seen in this image are reminiscent of an underwater scene, with turquoise-tinted currents and nebulous strands reaching out into the surroundings. However, this is no ocean. This image actually shows part of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a small nearby galaxy that orbits our galaxy, [...]

Mixing Paints: NASA Image of the Day

I guess there is a trend starting to assert itself. The images from NASA are very diverse from weather patterns and spacecraft launches and general land-based activities. But I seem to be drawn to the "artistic" images. That is what I have been posting here for the most part. I find space beautiful. The swirls [...]

Europa’s Stunning Surface: NASA Image of the Day

Europa has been the focus of attention for the search for life outside the confines of Earth for quite a while. Simply read 2010: Odyssey Two for instance. Arthur C. Clarke was all over Europa way back in 1982. And, as Bill Nye explains below there are many reasons to believe this. But the main [...]

Supercomputer Simulation of Magnetic Field Loops on the Sun: NASA IMAGE of the DAY

This is a beautiful image. Nature makes wonderful art. And giant supercomputers. I think my favorite artist is nature filtered through a massive supercomputer. Not really. Still pretty cool though. Magnetic fields emerging from below the surface of the sun influence the solar wind—a stream of particles that blows continuously from the sun’s atmosphere through [...]

MSH 11-62 Supernova Remnant: NASA Image of the Day

Another beautiful image courtesy of the folks at NASA. Also it reminds me of a rather underrated King Crimson album: Islands A long observation with Chandra of the supernova remnant MSH 11-62 reveals an irregular shell of hot gas, shown in red, surrounding an extended nebula of high energy X-rays, shown in blue. Even though [...]

Illusions in the Cosmic Clouds: NASA Image of the Day

This image is beautiful. To be honest I really don't see the hand shape, but maybe that's just me. I'm usually really good at finding recognizable shapes and faces in patterns, clouds and wood grain, etc. What do you see? Let me know in the comments. Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon where people see recognizable [...]