AstroPicture of the day: How the surface of a comet looks like

Rosetta is a robotic space probe built and launched by the European Space Agency to perform a detailed study of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko – and here is how the surface of the comet actually looks like. The camera the shuttle used is greyscale, and researchers then used color filters to capture different spectrums of the light.   All image credits: ESA/Rosetta project  

AstroPicture of the Day: Stunning view of Milky Way from Maine

The Milky Way is breathtaking no matter how you look at it, but in this picture, it looks absolutely stunning. Astrophotographer Adam Woodworth took this image from the Raven’s Nest cliffs in Acadia National Park. Woodworth said the shot was a bit of a challenge. “The night started out with some clouds, then it was pretty clear, but by the

AstroPicture of the Day: Space Shuttle Concept (1969)

When you think about it, they weren’t really that far off from what we are doing today, which you can see below. However, some key elements are indeed different – can you spot them?

AstroPicture of the day: When bioluminescence meets the cosmos

It doesn’t get much better than this: photographer Fefo Bouvier captured this incredible night time image of bioluminescent plankton illuminating the water as the Milky Way Galaxy shines above. NASA thought it was pretty awesome too, as they nominated it as they highlighted it as their Earth Picture of the Day. ‘The photo above shows a stunning contrast of Noctiluca bioluminescence in

AstroPicture of the Day: The First Space Selfie, 1966

In a tweet last month, astronaut Buzz Aldrin informed us that he was the first to ever take a selfie – in outer space. The mission took place from November 11 and lasted 3 days, 22 hours and 34 minutes. The two-man crew included Aldrin and James Lovell Jr. That was Aldrin’s first space flight. Years after, both he and

AstroPicture: Aurora near Australia, seen from ISS

  Seeing the Aurora Borealis (northern lights) is a fantastic sight in itself – but seeing it from the ISS is definitely something else.

AstroPicture of the Week: Magnificent picture puts Antarctica into perspective

Since Antarctica is so far away and inaccessible, most people have many misconceptions about how big and significant it really is. Antarctica, on average, is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent, and has the highest average elevation of all the continents. There are no permanent residents on it, but anywhere from 1.000 to 5.000 may temporarily reside, scattered across the

AstroPicture of the Week: Aurora and Unusual clouds over Iceland

AstroPicture of the week: the first untethered space flight

We’ve received amazing feedback on our feature, GeoPicture of the week, and some of you have also asked us why we don’t publish our favorite astronomy pictures. Of course, when it comes to space pictures, APOD is the absolute best you can get, but we’ll try to provide a worthy addition to what is published there. As always, please tell