Ultraman Mash-Up On Jupiter: NASA Image of the Day

Okay, so I have to admit something...I'm a bit strange. Now most of the people who know me well will look at that statement and think, "yes, and...?" So let me elaborate a bit on what pops into my mind when I see certain things and maybe you can get a glimpse into how my thinking [...]

Brilliant Star Death in “Rotten Egg” Nebula: NASA Image of the Day

Goodnight Miss Calabash Nebula, wherever you are! (If you get that joke, congratulations! You're old). So here is another example of the universe being beautiful in the throws of death. I mean, if you're a sun and you're gonna die it might as well be spectacular right? Also, this particular "star death" smells like rotten eggs. [...]

Cosmic Winter Wonderland: NASA Image of the Day

Normally I would say something snarky or goofy here but this image speaks for itself really, no need to embellish with my customary silliness. It's stunning. Just a great example of the Universe being awesome. And here, at the end of a particularly terrible, tragic, unhappy year, we could all use a little awesome. So please sit [...]

Icy Blue Wings of Hen: NASA Image of the Day

I haven't posted one of these in a while, but I couldn't resist this one. Look how cool this is. Its like a giant blue propeller flying straight toward us. Space is awesome. Hubble Watches the Icy Blue Wings of Hen 2-437 In this cosmic snapshot, the spectacularly symmetrical wings of Hen 2-437 show up [...]

Hubble Spots Eye of Sauron: NASA Image of the Day

Long thought vanquished at the end of the Third Age, Sauron, that foul deceiver of men, has been spotted by the Hubble telescope in the nether regions of the Galaxy. Upon seeing the image a noted astronomer described it as,"rimmed with fire, but was itself glazed, yellow as a cat's, watchful and intent, and the [...]

A Mess of Stars: NASA Image of the Day

Yet another example of why Hubble is awesome. A beautiful image of dizzying brilliance that puts the immensity of creation in a humbling perspective and should make you wonder at the vast, incomprehensible universe that we are but a small, small part. Of course the first thing I thought of was a big booming voice [...]

“Epic” Image of Earth: NASA Image of the Day

Not much to say about this really, except look at what an amazing and beautiful place we live on! Kind of a shame if we mess it up right? Just sayin'. A NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite has returned its first view of the entire sunlit side of Earth from one [...]

New Horizons Reaches Pluto: NASA Image of the Day

pssst...you're still not a planet. It took nine years and traveled over 3.26 billion miles (that's billion with a "B") the New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to Pluto. It will take New Horizons 16 months to transmit all the data it gathered during the encounter. But it is already sending information [...]

NuSTAR Stares at the Sun: NASA Image of the DAY

Never look directly at the sun! Unless you're NuSTAR, then it's totally okay. In fact if you are NuSTAR then you definitely should because you can get images like this. NuSTAR is the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, NASA's high-energy X-ray telescope(s). It/they can safely look directly into the sun and capture images of its high-energy [...]