Talk about getting a piece of this stand: NASA's OSIRIS-REX arrived in the near-Earth asteroid beno before this week. Benu, which the orbits of the sun, is seen here covered in dirt, smaller rocks, and the occasional boulder. After two years and a trip of 12 billion miles, OSIRIS-REX is only 11 miles from the surface when it takes the photo that nearly fills up the frame. Eventually the spacecraft will pick a pattern of the asteroid to withdraw for research in the early solar system. For now, it is ready to map the surface for about a year before selecting something somewhat less rocky space to go scanning.
The junior spacecraft spotted a dolphin-shaped cloud on the southern temperate belt of Jupiter a few weeks ago. The atmosphere directly below has the appearance of crescent waves, which makes the perfect ocean scene for a giant gallant planet. Jupiter's clouds and storm are always there to see, but the dolphin swimming looks like it was pulling on bypass.
This image contains multitudes-more than 1,000 galaxies to be specific. The Hubble Space Telescope recently studied a group of globular clusters packed together in what's called the Koma galactic cluster. Galaxies in clusters are smaller than regular galaxies, but that does not mean they are trivial: The objects are better indicators of gravity distortions in the cluster, and such anomalies point to the existence of unseen mass-dark matter-which is not exactly well understood . And even though it is 300 million light years of the earth, and then a blast of the past, the clown Koma is finally getting examined by scientists thanks to Hubble.
Ever wonder why the violent aftermath of an exploding star looks like? Well, here you go. Hubble captured this photo from a supernatural supernova called SNR 0454-67.2. The tendencies of gas are probably produced by a type 1 supernova explosion, which occurs when a dead white dwarf star starts styling material from a nearby star-eventually collecting so much load that it explodes. That left is the swarm of gas and dust.
Astronauts on the International Space Station are fast-faced earth-watchers with front-row seats: They are in orbit 250 miles up and can see 16 sunsets and sunsets a day. In this awkward photo by the European Space Agency Alexander, you can look at the telethial lights of civilization on the ground, along with a clear reminder of how unbelievably swell our life-achieving atmosphere really is, just a few dozen miles over the surface.
Fun in the Sun: This image is constructed out of data from the European Space Agency's Spacecraft 2 Spacecraft, a land-orbiting satellite that collects data on the appearance of the Poles. Now this picture is not exactly symmetric; This is because the corona's son is always changing and resetting. The dark center also reveals the coronal hole over the pole-a great source of solar wind. It's like looking in the eye of Sauron, but at least with no danger of orcs.