7 Ridiculously Cool Pictures of Space

# 1: Earth’s true distance from the moon. It takes a space shuttle about three days to cross this yawning chasm of space, which measures approximately 238,900 miles or 384,400 km across.

enhanced-buzz-wide-2723-1420723206-7Image Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Earth-Moon.png

# 2: A view up Jupiter’s skirts. Here we see Jupiter’s south pole and the many concentric rings that represent the planet’s different atmospheric pressure zones. The transitional areas between these zones feature great instability and are the source of Jupiter’s notoriously vicious and persistent super storms, called “hypercanes.” That’s like a hurricane on steroids. The most famous of these hypercanes is the “Great Red Spot,” which has been raging on for many centuries, although apparently it is decreasing in size.

Amazing space picturesImage Source: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute / Via nasa.gov

# 3: Every single dot you see in this picture is a galaxy. Makes you feel small, doesn’t it?

Amazing space picturesImage Source: NASA, ESA, G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch (University of California, Santa Cruz), R. Bouwens (Leiden University), and the HUDF09 Team / Via hubblesite.org

# 4: Sunrise from Mars. It’s interesting to see the size of the sun from the perspective of Red Planet, as opposed to from Earth.

Amazing sunset on MarsImage Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/TAMU / Via jpl.nasa.gov

# 5: The thickness of Earth’s atmosphere. Just a thin blue blanket of oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide and other trace gases is all that separates us from the vacuum of space.

Beautiful Earth from spaceImage Source: NASA / Via lasp.colorado.edu

# 6: When two spiral galaxies collide… the greatest show on Earth (as seen through a super powerful telescope, of course). In a few billion year’s time, our own galaxy is predicted to collide with our closest galactic neighbour, Andromeda.

Amazing galaxy picturesImage Source: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

# 7: View of Earth from Mars. I.e. no view.

Amazing space picturesImage Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/TAMU / Via jpl.nasa.gov

Author: Thea Beckman

Domain Eukarya, kingdom Animalia (Metazoa), phylum Chordata, class Mammalia, order Primates, family Hominidae, genus Homo, species Homo sapiens, subspecies Homo sapiens sapiens... essentially. I have a Master's Degree in Atmospheric science, which doesn't entitle me to be generous with my opinion, but my sense of self importance does! I love writing, I love science, I love reading, but I'm not nuts about long walks on the beach. Short to medium walks are preferable. This is my blog and I have something important to say: https://whybecausescience.wordpress.com/

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