Does this strange dark ball look somehow familiar? If so, that might be because it is our Sun. In the above image, a detailed solar view was captured originally in a very specific color of red light, then rendered in black and white, and then color inverted.
Once complete, the resulting image was added to a starfield, then also color inverted. Visible in the above image of the Sun are long light filaments, dark active regions, prominences peaking around the edge, and a moving carpet of hot gas.
The surface of our Sun has become a particularly busy place over the past two years because it is now nearing Solar Maximum, the time when its surface magnetic field is wound up the most. Besides an active Sun being so picturesque, the plasma expelled can also become picturesque when it impacts the Earth’s magnetosphere and creates auroras.
I would like contribute to a fact of general knowledge that most people dont know… (even I didnt, until few months back)
the attached photo illustrates sun from outer space. Now if we notice, the sun is shinning in white light and yes, the real color of sun is actually bright white, with a very little hint of yellow(as oppose to our daily general observation of pale yellow, a color formed by atmospheric diffraction of light by blue ozone layer)
so sun in real, is white and not yellow
Earth and Moon from MESSENGER
Credit: NASA/JHU APL/CIW Explanation: What does Earth look like from the planet Mercury? The robotic spacecraft MESSENGER found out as it looked toward the Earth during its closest approach to the Sun.
Fifth moon of Pluto discovered. Seems a bit greedy for something that’s not even a planet. More info here.
I agree, Carl. I mean, here we are, only known sentient beings in the entire universe, and we only have one stinking moon. And we have to stare at the same face of it ALL THE TIME, no less.
You guys watching this? The SLOOH Space Camera is broadcasting the annular eclipse LIVE and DIRECT and TOTALLY AWESOMELY right now. You can even choose one of several viewing locations.
Astronomy is so easy. You don’t even have to leave home!
As these things tend to go, it’s progressing raaaaaather slooooooowly.
Date: 11 Aug 1999
Here is what the Earth looks like during a solar eclipse. The shadow of the Moon can be seen darkening part of Earth. This shadow moves across the Earth at nearly 2,000 kilometers per hour. Only observers near the center of the dark circle see a total solar eclipse - others see a partial eclipse where only part of the Sun appears blocked by the Moon. This spectacular picture of the Aug. 11, 1999 solar eclipse was one of the last ever taken from the Mir space station. Mir was decommissioned after more than ten years of use.
Date: 8 Jun 2004
On June 8th, in a tiny village in Slovakia, Tomas Maruska took a picture that is beyond rare. It shows Venus and the International Space Station (ISS) transiting the Sun at the same time.
omg look at it!!!
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Fragment W Impact With Jupiter
Date: 22 Jul 1994
These four images of Jupiter and the luminous night-side impact of fragment W of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 were taken by the Galileo spacecraft.
I remember when this happened. My mom hauled out our telescope and everything.
“When I look up at the night sky, and I know that, yes, we are part of this Universe, we are in this Universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up—many people feel small, because they’re small and the Universe is big, but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars.” - Neil DeGrasse Tyson [x]
IC 405: Flaming Star Nebula
Image: Marc Jousset
Description: Robert Gendler
First discovered in 1892, the nebula complex IC 405 was eloquently described by Max Wolf in 1903 as “a burning body from which several enormous curved flames seem to break out like gigantic prominences”. Eventually “The Flaming Star Nebula” became adopted as the popular name for IC 405.
Image description: NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope revealed an object that looks like a giant tornado in space. The structure actually results from shock waves where a powerful protostellar jet hits neighboring gas and dust.
Photo by NASA / JPL-Caltech / J. Bally (University of Colorado)