NASA: Solar eruption as viewed by STEREO COR1 B satellite from the far side of the Sun
To celebrate the upcoming release of our new Cassini HD iPad app, I will be posting my favorite images from it all week. These natural and false color images are among my favorites because they capture Titan’s unusual atmosphere so spectacularly.
Cassini HD will be released in the iTunes store on Saturday, Sept. 15. Take advantage of our special release offer and get it for free that first day only.
Raw images from the Cassini orbiter show Enceladus, Saturn’s sixth largest moon. Shown are the geysers at the south pole which erupt water ice out into space. Only alterations I made to the raw files was some darkening of overexposed frames.
Image credt: NASA/JPL
Astronomers have for the first time discovered two alien planets whirling around a pair of stars: a complete solar system with twin suns just like Luke Skywalker’s fictional home world Tatooine.
Most stars like our sun are not singletons, but rather come in pairs that orbit each other. Scientists had found planets in these binary systems, so-called circumbinary planets with two suns like Tatooine in the “Star Wars” universe.
To find more circumbinary planets, astronomers analyzed data from NASA’s prolific Kepler space telescope, which has detected more than 2,300 potential alien worlds since its March 2009 launch. Kepler had to date detected four systems with circumbinary planets — Kepler-16, 34, 35 and 38.
How the planets of the Solar System would look when viewed from Earth if they were at the same distance as the moon – another fascinating visualization to help grasp the scale of the universe.
Docked Space Shuttle and Station Cross the Sun
A French photographer has captured a stunning photo of the space shuttle Endeavour docked with theInternational Space Station crossing the face of the sun.
You couldn’t just aim your digital camera at the sky and get results like this. Thierry Legault, who is known for his amazing astronomical imagery, uses specialized solar filters to capture the images.
Images: Thierry Legault