Forty years ago today, Pioneer 10 made its closest approach to Jupiter and sent back these images. It was the first spacecraft to venture beyond the asteroid belt and get close-ups of Jupiter.
Can we just talk about how awesome this image is? Pioneer 10 had an artsy streak. I would totes hang on my wall.
(image via NASA)
Sergei Aksakov. The Scarlet Flower.
Illustrator Nadezhda Komarova.
That’s exactly what I’m thinking. There’s no reason for alien life on a completely different planet to look anything like us.
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MATTEO DI SER CAMBIO
Statute and Register of the Moneychangers’ Guild
Collegio del Cambio, Perugia
Melotte 15 by Andrés del Pozo Prieto
Situated some 7500 light years away from Earth and is located in the Perseus Arm of the Galaxy in the constellation Cassiopeia. This is an emission nebula showing glowing gas and darker dust lanes. The nebula is formed by plasma of ionized hydrogen and free electrons. [**]
Amazing artist’s impression of a pulsating white dwarf, known as AE Aquarii. It’s the first star of its type known to give off pulsar-like pulsations that are powered by its rotation and particle acceleration. It emits pulses of high-energy X-rays as it whirls around on its axis.
Image credit: Casey Reed.
High-res version here (check it out, it’s stunning)
The red night shrimp is a nocturnal shrimp with oversized eyes that allow them to see in near complete darkness. (Photograph: Wakatobi Dive Resort)