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Aspiring Astronaut Photographs the ISS From 40 Thousand Feet Up

Did you know you could spot the International Space Station from an airplane? Neither did I! But photographer and aspiring astronaut Trevor Mahlmann had an inkling on a Southwest flight last week. So, he got out his gear and managed to shoot this gorgeous, long-exposure photo of the space station zooming by like a… » 6/14/15 7:30pm 6/14/15 7:30pm

A Rare Glimpse Of Rapidly Pulsating Aurorae Over Iceland

Aurorae are rare. Pulsating aurorae, whose structures fade in and out of existence, are rarer, still. But rapidly pulsating aurorae, like that featured in this video by French astrophotographer Stéphane Vetter (previously), are among the least common of all. This footage is not a time-lapse; the colors in this video… » 6/11/15 6:00pm 6/11/15 6:00pm

The Earth And The Moon, In A Single Frame

China's Chang'e 5 test vehicle captured this rare glimpse of the Moon's far side yesterday, from just past the halfway point on its lunar-looping test flight. Incredibly, the spacecraft managed to include Earth in the frame as well, producing what is destined to become an iconic image of our planet and its natural… » 10/29/14 6:00pm 10/29/14 6:00pm

Mesmerizing Aurora in Dramatic Landscapes of Fire, Ice, and Shadow

Aurora are beautiful, but the fire and smoke of Bárðarbunga step it up to gorgeous. The weekend kicked off with the Earth putting on a glorious display of green, blue, purple, and red, and countless photographers braved varied terrain to capture the ephemeral light for your viewing pleasure. » 9/13/14 12:01pm 9/13/14 12:01pm

Never-Before-Seen Photo of Europa Shows Rivers of Red Ice

The folks at JPL just published a new image of the surface of Europa – Jupiter's watery, chaotic, eruptive, and potentially life-harboring satellite. The photograph illustrates the contrast between the moon's relatively pure water ice (blue-white terrain) and its saltier, and thereby ruddier, surface ice. » 7/09/14 3:40pm 7/09/14 3:40pm

This 360° Panoramic Time-lapse Of The Night Sky Is Incredible

Astrophotographer Vincent Brady rigged up four – four – DSLR cameras, each equipped with a fish-eye lens, into a filming contraption of his own design so he could capture the footage required for this gobstopping 360° panoramic time-lapse of the night sky. "Beautiful" doesn't begin to describe it. » 6/21/14 5:00pm 6/21/14 5:00pm

Recharge Your Cosmic Awe With These Images Of Galaxies In Deep Space

Monday is the cosmic wonder-killer. It's really hard to remember that we live in a beautiful, insane universe, crammed with astonishing miracles of creation. So as a public service, we're sharing some absolutely stunning images of galaxies in deep space. Look at these, and remember to reach for greatness! » 4/28/14 4:20pm 4/28/14 4:20pm

Meet the telescope behind the Pac-Man photos

According to the memes circling around this weekend, Mecha Pac-Man has a fondness for lunar cheese and starlight, gaping wide to gobble them both. In reality, the telescope behind the Pac-Man photograph is Auxiliary Telescope 2, an essential component of the most productive ground-based telescope on the planet. » 3/11/14 6:08pm 3/11/14 6:08pm