NASA has just released the most detailed image of the moon to date. Despite being the closest neighbour to the earth, the image only shows 98.2 % of the planet as the poles are mostly kept in darkness. NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter capture 69,000 images in order to create the topographic map. You can view the high resolution image after the break.
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This beautiful image of the Butterfly Nebula was taken by N.A.S.A. back in 2009. While I can’t say I have seen similar photographs in which to compare, there is no arguing that this particular part of the universe is absolutely breathtaking. Make sure you click on the image to view it a full resolution.
Using images captured over a 14 year period, NASA scientists have stitched together a time lapse movie of the final stages of a star being born. This is the first time such an event has been documented, but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised considering this stage of star formation lasts about 100,000 years. Watch a sliver of that formation in progress after the jump.
If you want a good example of dedication, then look no further than the following project by Dan Hanna. For 17 years (and counting) he has taken 2 photographs of himself. And if that wasn’t difficult enough, his head rotates in synch with the earth’s rotation around the sun. Watch years fly by in a matter of minutes after the jump.
Even though the shuttle program has come to an end, NASA is still busy exploring outer space. Using the Hubble telescope, they recently discovered that Pluto has a fourth moon. I am a little surprised that it hadn’t been seen before, but maybe I shouldn’t be: it’s only about 20 miles in diameter.
Most of us can only dream of being able to see the starry sky in this much detail. Randy Halverson is one of those lucky people and he put his talent to use in creating this beautiful time lapse of the Milky Way. This video required a lot of dedication, as 10 seconds of video equates to about 2 1/3 hours of filming.