Descent - Orion
Top Ten Infrared Space Pictures
1. Helix Nebula. A newly expanded image of the Helix Nebula (pictured) is one of the ten infrared pictures chosen by scientists to celebrate the thousand days that the Spitzer Space Telescope has been working past its retirement date. Image courtesy J. Hora, HSCfA, W. Latter, Herschel, and Caltech/NASA
2. Mountains of Creation. An infrared photograph of the star-forming region W5, aka the Mountains of Creation (pictured), was taken before Spitzer’s coolant ran out. Image courtesy L. Allen, HSCfA, and Caltech/NASA
3. See-Through Sombrero. At visible wavelengths, the Sombrero galaxy is a fuzzy white ball encircled by a black-rimmed ring of dust. Yet in infrared (pictured), the dust glows with splendor. Image courtesy R. Kennicutt, U. Arizona, and Caltech/NASA
4. Cygnus Constellation. This close-up of the Cygnus constellation was the very first picture taken after Spitzer ran out of coolant in 2009. Image courtesy Caltech/NASA
5. Trifid Nebula. One of the more striking objects in the visible-light sky is the Trifid Nebula.Image courtesy J. Rho, SSC/Caltech/NASA
6. Ancient Galaxies. Spitzer is widely known for its see-through views of nebulae, the Milky Way, and nearby galaxies, but it was also designed to peer back in time-possible because of the time it takes light to travel from distant objects to reach Earth. Image Courtesy Spitzer Space Telescope
One more for the Astronomy Team
IS JUPITER EVIL?
The gas giant is widely regarded as Earth’s protector — but this may only be half of the story.
- Using its gravitational dominance to ‘vacuum’ errant space rocks, Jupiter is often hailed as Earth’s protector.
- However, it is known that comets’ orbits have been modified by Jupiter’s gravity, sending them our way.
“This Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image reveals a pair of one-half light-year long interstellar ‘twisters’ - eerie funnels and twisted-rope structures - in the heart of the Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8) which lies 5,000 light-years away in the direction of the constellation Sagittarius.”
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! <3
A Rosette Nebula for all of you!! <3
[It’s colossal (about 130 light years in diameter), it’s crimson (when imaged with red-sensitive photographic plates), and it’s one of the most famous clouds of cosmic dust to ever resemble a flower (at least among astronomers). [Click here for the hi-res version]]
Sun-like stars become brighter over the course of their long lives, which means that the Sun once provided Earth with far less heat than it does now - so much less, in fact, that life should have been impossible.
This is known as the faint young Sun paradox, and it was first identified by astronomers Carl Sagan and George Mullen back in 1972. In the early days of the solar system, the Sun should only have been at only about 70% its current luminosity. Such a relatively paltry amount of heat would have made it impossible for the Earth to maintain a liquid ocean, and yet we know for a fact that it did — and now that we’re pretty much certain Mars had a liquid ocean back then as well, we can add that as a second mystery to the list.
Space vs Default textures.
Welcome, to The Daily Block Space World.
Texture pack is now in the forums.. it is not completed, but its available for testing and feedback!
In order for ores; Coal, Iron, Gold, Redstone, Cobalt, Diamond.
Then; Fences, Cobblestone, Dirt, Planks, Double Halfstone (needs a slight change), sand and halfstone.
And the stone texture is all around it to.
All for our space server texture pack! :D
so bridget and i were just standing outside and we saw jupiter and saturn ect but what gets me thinking is how everything got there and i know the big bang but i do believe in it even though it is just theory but then again so is everything else but the thing is where did the dust come from? because everything has to start somewhere, and that’s when i somewhat fall back onto religion thinking maybe it’d be easier just to believe in a higher power such as good but then i also think where did god come from
but there is the contradiction of god is a divine being and made himself BUT
i think that’s just silly. it cannot be answered like that..
because everything made something like the dust made stars and planets which made life (our knowledgeable life so far) and that’s all we know so far but i cannot believe in something made ITSELF out of nothing and then it created all of this.
another thing that gets to me is that black matter and space itself
where does it end? when does it end? are we just put into a box? our omniverse is in this incased area but if so; what is outside that box? is there more? but if we aren’t in a box so to say
then where does it all end? where does it just drop off into nothingness?
even though there is a theory that space just never ends, it just keeps expanding
but fuck, being a human i can’t accept that because it’s too big for my mind to accept, just something, the biggest thing in our concept of “huge” just never ending? always expanding into this huge
Image courtesy A. Weiss and R. Kraft, ESO/WFI/MPIfR/APEX/NASA/CXC/CfA