Feast your eyes and boggle your brain at these truly magnificent pictures taken from Outer Space.
1. The Orion Nebula
This is one of the most detailed images ever taken of the Orion Nebula. It was taken by NASA/ESA’s Hubble Space telescope and took 105 Hubble orbits to complete. The Orion Nebula is in the south of Orion’s belt and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky. It is almost 1, 500 light years away.
2. The Eclipse of Saturn
This picture was taken by the Cassini Spacecraft on September 15th 2006. This aircraft is robotic and can move freely near to Saturn’s atmosphere. One of the most detailed pictures ever taken of Saturn’s ring, the most detailed one being the “E” ring. Just left above the rings, but not visible in this picture, is where we live.
3. Valles Mariners
This is a massive canyon system that runs along the equator on Mars. It is 4500 km long, 200 km wide, and 11 km deep. This means that it is the largest known crevice in the solar system. It is thought that this huge trench was created within a very short space of time by a large electric force sweeping the surface of Mars.
4. The Sombrero Galaxy
This picture was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced camera in June 2003. This is an unbarred spiral galaxy which has a large bulge in the middle and a very visible dust lane. This unusual combination makes it look like a sombrero, hence the name. The Sombrero Galaxy can easily be seen by anyone using an amateur telescope.
5. Earth Lights From Space
This is a picture taken by NASA of the Earth at Night. Pay attention to how dark some parts of the forests of South America are, also the almost total darkness of Antarctica. By contrast, look at all the lights in the USA.
6. The Helix Nebula
Also referred to as the eye of God. This is an infrared image taken from NASA’s Space Telescope. Nebula looks like a giant eye and is one of the few dead-star systems in which evidence for comet survivors can be found. The Helix Nebula is 650 light years away and was discovered by Ludwig Harding before 1824.
7. The Earth
Seen from Apollo.
This picture shows Africa, Antarctica, and the Arabian Peninsula. It was taken on the way to the moon by Apollo 17th on December 7, 1972.
First seen by Galileo who was confused by its appearance. It was thought for a long time that Saturn was the only planet with rings around it until faint rings were discovered first around Uranus, then Jupiter and Neptune. Saturn is the least dense planet and is made up of 75% hydrogen and 25% Helium.
This picture was taken in October 2004 by Cassini Orbiter and is the most detailed picture of Saturn and its rings.
9. Martian Sunset
This picture was taken of the sunset from Mars, by NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit in May of 2005.
10. The Milky Way
This picture was taken by the NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, and is of the Milky Way. It shows hundreds of thousands of stars in the Milky Way galaxy. This is such a special picture because this region cannot be seen, because of the dust between the earth and the galactic centre.
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