After a voyage of nearly nine years and three billion miles —the farthest any space mission has ever traveled to reach its primary target – NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft came out of hibernation today for its long-awaited 2015 encounter with the Pluto system,” NASA announced in a statement on Saturday December 6.
Light shines on new views: The year of 2015 has been declared the International Year of Light (IYL) by the United Nations. Organizations, institutions, and individuals involved in the science and applications of light will be joining together for this yearlong celebration to help spread the word about the wonders of light. In many ways, astronomy uses the science of light. And to celebrate, our Chandra X-ray Observatory released new images. Here’s one of them:
This has awe-inspiring written all over it!
Mount Changbai, China
Known in the north as a winter meteor shower, the 2014 Geminids rain down on this rugged, frozen landscape. The scene was recorded from the summit of Mount Changbai along China’s northeastern border with North Korea as a composite of digital frames capturing bright meteors near the shower’s peak. Orion is near picture center above the volcanic crater lake. The shower’s radiant in the constellation Gemini is to the upper left, at the apparent origin of all the meteor streaks.
I recently came across a necklace on Etsy that was way too cool to pass up. I bought a couple of pieces and the pictures really don’t do them justice. The way they shine when light hits them is outstanding. The level of detail in these handmade pieces is superb every time I look into one, is like I’m looking at The Universe .
I normally prefer actual paintings rather than reproductions, but in this case, this digital canvas print is too awesome not to like. It shows half of our beautiful home seen from space at night.