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