I just can’t get enough of these National Geographic photography galleries. The fact that I’m a certified space
wacko enthusiast has might just have a little to do with my love for these pictures, dudes. Only a little, though.
I’m pretty sure these pictures are certifiably and objectively wonderful. I mean, just take a look at this.
That’s an unretouched photograph of the Betsiboka River in northwesternMadagascar flows into Bombetoka Bay, which in turn empties into the Mozambique Channel, as seen in a satellite picture released by the European Space Agency in August. That, dudes, is a thing of beauty that we’d never be able to see if we weren’t able to project our footprint out at least a little way into space.
Now, let’s take a look out into space, rather than going to space and taking a look back in.
I’ll let the copywriters from National Geographic give you the lowdown on this one.
In March astronomers using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory released a new picture of the celestial “pom-pom” known as the Tycho supernova remnant.
The puffy cloud of debris is all that’s left of a massive star that exploded some 13,000 light-years away. Light from the powerful blast reached Earth in 1572, making the object briefly visible to the naked eye, even during the day.
The new composite picture shows low-energy x-rays in red and high-energy x-rays in blue. It also reveals, for the first time, bright x-ray stripes—seen in white along the right edge of the remnant—supporting theories that supernovae are sources of high-speed particles known as cosmic rays.
How awesome is this? Very. Also, Tycho is known as a zombie star. Yeah, really. Go here to find out why.
I’ll be back soon with more.