PHOTOS: Stunning Pictures From Space

Looking at the sun helps show how the lines between science and art can sometimes blur. A gradient filter enhances areas of contrast, which makes them both more striking visually and also easier for astronomers to study. Scientists can get a better look at coronal loops, for example — giant arcs of solar material that travel along magnetic fields in the sun's atmosphere. This can lead to an improved understanding of solar magnetism as a whole, which can also power eruptions on the sun such as solar flares or coronal mass ejections.

Looking at the sun helps show how the lines between science and art can sometimes blur. A gradient filter enhances areas of contrast, which makes them both more striking visually and also easier for astronomers to study. Scientists can get a better look at coronal loops, for example — giant arcs of solar material that travel along magnetic fields in the sun’s atmosphere. This can lead to an improved understanding of solar magnetism as a whole, which can also power eruptions on the sun such as solar flares or coronal mass ejections.

Space

The James Webb Space Telescope’s mirrors — which measure a collective 21 ft. (6.5 m) across — undergo cryogenic testing at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

Space

Austrian Felix Baumgartner of Austria jumps out of his balloon-borne capsule on October 14, 2012. Baumgartner broke the world record for the highest free fall in history, plunging 23 miles (37 km) and breaking Mach 1.

Space

A dying star throws a cosmic tantrum. As the stellar mass comes undone, its outer layers unravel into space, glowing from the intense ultraviolet radiation being pumped out by the hot stellar core.

Space

Space

Spectators gather to watch the space shuttle Endeavour make its way down Manchester Blvd. in Los Angeles, on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Endeavour’s 12-mi. (19-km) road trip kicked off shortly before midnight Thursday as the retired shuttle moved from Los Angeles International Airport, en route to the California Science Center, its ultimate destination.

Space

It’s easy to get lost following the intricate filaments in this detailed mosaic of the faint supernova remnant Simeis 147. roughly 3,000 light years from Earth.

Space

A rare, massive storm erupts on Saturn. These red, orange and green clouds (false color) in Saturn’s northern hemisphere are the results of the tail end of an atmospheric disturbance that raged from 2010 to 2011. Even after visible signs of the storm started to fade, infrared measurements continued to reveal its powerful effects on Saturn’s stratosphere.

Space

Another starry night — or day — at Concordia research station in Antarctica. This photo was taken during the four months of winter when the Sun never rises above the horizon. Built on an ice plateau 2 miles (3.2 km) high in one of the most remote places on Earth, the base hosts science projects from meteorology and glaciology to astronomy, technology and human biology. The European Space Agency sponsors a physician in Concordia every winter to study the long-term effects of isolation.

Space

Sometimes both heaven and Earth erupt at the White Dome Geyser in Yellowstone National Park. As the ground below vents its geothermal fury, the sky above blazes with the luminous bands of the aurorae.

Sometimes both heaven and Earth erupt at the White Dome Geyser in Yellowstone National Park. As the ground below vents its geothermal fury, the sky above blazes with the luminous bands of the aurorae.

Read more: Time.com

Leave a Reply