Pinterest • The world’s catalogue of ideas

This planetary nebula, Mz3, is being cast off by a star similar to our Sun. The 1000-kilometer per second speed of the expelled gas, the light-year long length of the structure, and the magnetism of the star visible at the nebula's center, all imply Mz3 is hiding a second, dimmer star that orbits close in to the bright star. A competing hypothesis holds that the central star's own spin and magnetic field are channeling the gas. (ESA, NASA's Hubble, JPL-CalTech)

pin 124
heart 12
speech 1

This remarkable picture from the Advanced Camera for Surveys on the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows one of the most perfect geometrical forms created in space. It captures the formation of an unusual pre-planetary nebula, known as IRAS 23166+1655, around the star LL Pegasi (also known as AFGL 3068) in the constellation of Pegasus (the Winged Horse).

Now I feel dizzy…

Around, around the sun we go: The moon goes round the earth. We do not die of death: We die of vertigo. "Mother Goose's Garland" Archibald Macleish

pin 57
heart 11
speech 1

NASA & Google Celebrate Milestones in Space Travel [INFOGRAPHIC]

So, how big is a space shuttle? This infographic provides some perspective about the size of the iconic spacecraft!

pin 45
heart 2

n-a-s-a: “ A map of our galaxy the Milky Way, showing pulsars (red), planetary nebulae (blue), globular clusters (yellow), and the orbits of several stars ”

pin 36
heart 6
speech 1

This planetary nebula, Mz3, is being cast off by a star similar to our Sun. The 1000-kilometer per second speed of the expelled gas, the light-year long length of the structure, and the magnetism of the star visible at the nebula's center, all imply Mz3 is hiding a second, dimmer star that orbits close in to the bright star. A competing hypothesis holds that the central star's own spin and magnetic field are channeling the gas. (ESA, NASA's Hubble, JPL-CalTech)

This streak is the last image ever of the space shuttle's reentry into earth's atmosphere from orbit.

pin 47
heart 2

Speeding Towards Jupiter's Pole

Speeding Towards Jupiter's Pole Jupiter's north polar region is coming into view as NASA's Juno spacecraft approaches the giant planet. This view of Jupiter was taken on August 27 when Juno was 437000 miles (703000 kilometers) away. The Juno mission successfully executed its first of 36 orbital flybys of Jupiter. August 27 2016

It takes Neptune a whole year to make an orbit around the sun...but that's a Neptune year of 165 Earth years!

pin 67
heart 4

ESA Science & Technology: The wings of the butterfly - New Hubble image of the Twin Jet Nebula [heic1518]

pin 1