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Incredible space photos

Updated on October 8, 2014
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The author is an amateur artist and photographer that loves to travel with her husband of 37 years.

Just how big is the Universe?

One of my favorite things to do is to visit websites on the internet that expand my mind and knowledge. Rather than get lost in mind numbing games and social media, I love to learn more about the world we live in and to expand even farther than that, to learn about the universe. Because everyday we (as in human beings) are discovering new things about both of them.

For example: Did you know that they have discovered, just recently that there are two giant gamma ray bubbles in space? Gamma rays are the highest-energy form of light.

Each of these bubbles are 25,000 light years in size. Yes, you heard me right, they measure space in light years because it is so huge, none of the normal measurements we see on earth really work for things out there in universe. To put their size in prospective for us, when you get a chance to look at the Milky Way away from the lights of civilization. 50,000 light years (the size of both bubble together is almost half the size of the entire milky way!

What is exciting to me about the study of our universe is that so much is unknown. Scientists are not really sure what caused these bubbles, they believe they could have been created from remnants of a massive burst of star formation, or leftovers from the super massive black hole at our galaxy's center, or could they be a combination of these things. They believe they are only a couple million years old, which is young in the time of the universe. They don't really know yet and are learning more and more each day about our universe.

You can learn more at NASA's Fermi Telescope Finds Giant Structure in our Galaxy and watch the video about this exciting new discovery.

The Orion Nebula M42

The Orion Nebula M42
The Orion Nebula M42

Using the Hubble space telescope they were able to capture this amazing photo of the Orion Nebula which they also call M42. They say the full resolution photo has over a billion pixels, which makes it beautiful.

Gamma Ray Bubbles - Around the Milky Way

Discovered by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.

Saturn's moon Mimas - Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Slight color differences on Saturn's moon Mimas are apparent in this false-color view of Herschel Crater captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its closest-ever flyby of that moon.The natural color of Mimas visible to the human eye may be a uniform gray or yellow color, but this mosaic has been contrast-enhanced and shows differences at other wavelengths of light.

During this flyby on Feb. 13, 2010, these images were obtained with Cassini's narrow-angle camera on that day at a distance of approximately 10,000 miles from Mimas.

July 20, 1969, Man first walked on the moon, it could be our greatest technological achievement.

Dark Reflections in the Southern Cross - Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, took this colorful image of the reflection nebula IRAS 12116-6001. This cloud of interstellar dust cannot be seen directly in visible light, but NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer detectors look at the nebula at infrared wavelengths, which bring out these incredible colors.

What is a nebula you ask?

A nebula is a cloud of dust particles and gases in space. The term nebula comes from the Latin word for cloud.

ViewMaster 3D Space Exploration - Storage Case - - Moon Landing, Gemini, & Mercury 3D Images - 6 Reels

NASA | Webb Telescope Planetary Studies Web Feature

Photo of the Andromeda Galaxy or M31 - Image Credit: NASA/Swift/Stefan Immler (GSFC) and Erin Grand (UMCP)

Above is an incredible photo of the Andromeda Galaxy, which is called M31. This amazing photo was created merging 330 individual images taken by the Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope aboard NASA's Swift spacecraft. It is taken in ultraviolet and is of the highest resolution.

What do we know about the Andromeda Galaxy?

It is more than 220,000 light-years across which is more than twice as big as the Milky Way.

It is 2.5 million light-years away from Earth.

Can you see this galaxy with the naked eye? May on a very clear, very dark night away from the light sources on our planet it is barely visible as a misty patch to the your eye.

Cool Nasa photo of Solar Flares - Image Credit: NASA

Fast-growing sunspot 1112 is crackling with solar flares.

Photo of Moon Passing in front of the Sun - Image Credit: NASA

This photo was taken on Oct. 7, 2010, when NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), observed its first lunar transit when the new moon passed directly between the spacecraft and the sun which created a partial eclipse of the sun. This photo shows the solar flares in great detail.

The Antennae galaxies - Image Credits: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/J.DePasquale; IR: NASA/JPL-Caltech; Optical: NASA/STScI

The Antennae galaxies are shown in this composite image from NASA's Great Observatories--the Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue), the Hubble Space Telescope (gold and brown), and the Spitzer Space Telescope (red).

The Antennae galaxies take their name from the long antenna-like "arms," seen in wide-angle views of the system. This group of galaxies is over 62 million light years from Earth, it is so amazing that we can see these galaxies.

What was the first animal launched into space?

On June 11, 1948, a V-2 Blossom launched into space from White Sands, New Mexico carrying Albert I, a rhesus monkey.

Photo of the central star of this the Hourglass Nebula - Image Credit: NASA, WFPC2, HST, R. Sahai and J. Trauger (JPL)

This photo was taken in 1995. It is a photo of the Central star of the Hourglass Nebula, which is fading into a white dwarf star. You can see in this photo, delicate rings of colorful glowing gas (nitrogen-red, hydrogen-green, and oxygen-blue) outline the tenuous walls of the hourglass shape. The nuclear fuel is exhausted as the outer layers are ejected and the core becomes a cooling, and fading white dwarf. The universe is always changing before our very eyes, even when our eyes look through an incredible scope like the Hubble that astronomers use to create this image. It almost looks like an eye in the middle of it, doesn't it?

Photo of A Light in the Sky - Image Credit: NASA/Ed Schilling

This incredible image captured by NASA's Ed Schilling is amazing as it was only visible for 15 seconds, as the The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Hayabusa spacecraft streaked across the sky like a saber of light through the clouds as it re-entered Earth's atmosphere over the Woomera Test Range in Australia.

Look! Up in the Sky! - The Very Best of Hubble

Two Galaxies interacting - Image Credit: NASA, Hubble Heritage Team, (STScI/AURA), ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI). Additional Processing: Robert Gendler

This photo they call the "M51 Hubble Remix".

M51, catologed 51st is a spiral nebula, which is a large galaxy with a well defined spiral structure and is also cataloged as NGC 5194.

In this photo, M51's spiral arms and dust lanes clearly sweep in front of its companion galaxy, NGC 5195.

Taken with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys, these two are about 31 million light-years distant. Not far on the sky from the handle of the Big Dipper, they officially lie within the boundaries of the small constellation Canes Venatici.

Hello fellow earthlings!

I hope you enjoyed a walk through space with me. I really learned a lot in creating this lens for you.

Probably the biggest lesson of my day is there is absolutely so much to learn out there, you could get lost forever in the search for knowledge. I admire those that have a clear path and interest in life as mine seems to be so widespread.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I would love it if you would drop me a note below.


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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      Love the gamma ray bubble and the solar flare.

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      trainstorm 6 years ago

      Never ceases to amaze does it?

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      Linda Hoxie 7 years ago from Idaho

      @Sensitive Fern: It is amazing, I thought it was really interesting to know that most of these photos were made up of several different photos that they put together. Not quite a point and click type of process to photographing in space if you want these types of spectacular results! By assigning different colors to each different type of element it helps them to learn what each is made up of. It is just incredible how much they have learned and how much we truly don't know about the universe yet! Thank you so much for leaving a message and visiting, appreciate that!

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      Linda Hoxie 7 years ago from Idaho

      @anonymous: Thank you for taking the time to check them out, I appreciate you!

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      Sensitive Fern 7 years ago

      I love to learn about space and see these amazing pictures. I just saw a program on TV recently that explained a lot about the Hubble telescope that I didn't know. It talked about how they come up with the colors for the photographs. It depends on which elements are detected as to what color value is given to them. I didn't really understand that process before. It's not that oxygen is blue, it's just the color assigned to it.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wonderful photographs. Thanks you.