NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day 2016 August 16 Five Planets and the Moon over Australia It is not a coincidence that planets line up. That’s because all of the planets orbit the Sun in (nearly) a single sheet called the plane of the ecliptic.
Crescent Moon & Earth from space. "Quite possibly, the purpose of the universe is to provide a congenial home for self-conscious creatures who can ask profound questions and who can probe the nature of the universe itself.
Portrait of the Expedition 54 Crew on the Space Station
NASA’s Astronomy Picture Of The Day: Hubble 25th Anniversary: Pillars Of Creation
The Pillars of Creation, 2015 version. This is a new view of one of the Hubble Space Telescope's most iconic images! (Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI / AURA)) via Astronomy Picture of the Day
Nebula IC 405 aka the Flaming Star Nebula surrounds star AE Aurigae, lies about 1,500 light years distant, spans about 5 light years, and is visible with a small telescope toward the constellation of the Charioteer (Auriga) (Credit: Martin Pugh)
The Comet Jacques ( 70 million km away), and the Heart & Soul Nebulae light years away) team up to drop some cosmic perspective. Image Credit: Michael Jaeger / Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) 1 light year: trillion kilometers
NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day 2016 July 7 The Altiplano Night The Milky Way is massively bright on this cold, clear, altiplano night. At meters its reflection in a river, a volcanic peak on the distant horizon, is captured in this stitched.
NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day 2016 August 31 Annular Solar Eclipse over New Mexico What is this person doing? In 2012 an annular eclipse of the Sun was visible over a narrow path that crossed the northern Pacific Ocean and several western US.