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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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17 Space Pictures That Will Actually Make You Think

1. This is what a nebula looks like in visible light versus infrared.

2. This is the Earth-moon distance to scale.
3. This is how thin our atmosphere actually is.
4. We actually see slightly more than half the moon.
Thanks to something called lunar libration (basically, a wobbly orbit) we can get a peek of the other side of the moon.

5. This is what a sunset looks like on Mars.
6. For the first astronauts on Mars, Earth will be just a tiny speck in the sky.

7. This is what it looks like when planets form around a star.

The orange disk that surrounds the star it is made up of dust and gas. The dark bands in the image are where the gas and dust has been swept up by newly formed planet.

8. This picture shows the sun reflecting off the sea on Saturn’s moon Titan.
Yes, some moons have seas.

9. This is what Saturn looks like from the other side, with the sun behind it.
10. And that tiny dot just inside Saturn’s second ring is Earth.
To paraphrase Carl Sagan, everyone you’ve ever loved or hated or even just met once and have no strong opinion on lives on those few pixels.

11. This is the sharpest image the Hubble Space Telescope has ever taken.
It’s part of our neighbour the Andromeda galaxy. The full size version contains more than a 100 million stars.

12. This is what it looks like when a small galaxy passes behind a bigger spiral one.
The encounter has been going on for hundred of million years already.

13. This is what it looks like when two spiral galaxies collide.
Consider it a bit of a preview for when our galaxy the Milky Way merges with our neighbouring galaxy Andromeda in billions of years.

14. This is what the south pole of Jupiter looks like.
The map is made up of pictures taken in 2000 by the Cassini spacecraft.

15. There’s a volcanic region on Jupiter’s moon Io and this is what it looks like when it erupts.
This five-frame sequence was taken over eight minutes.

16. This is a tiny patch of the sky, and every speck of light in this image is a galaxy.
(Apart from a few, which are stars – you can tell those apart because there are little spikes of light radiating from them.)

17. This is what a spiral galaxy looks like side on.

In visible light and in infrared, for good measure. It’s called the sombrero galaxy, for obvious reasons.


  1. God is a powerful, awesome God

  2. .......and yet he allows spikes to be driven into his only son.

  3. lookatthisdamncommentMarch 19, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    so you can live

  4. So you believe that a cosmic Jewish zombie who killed his only son and who was his own father can make
    you live forever in a Disneyland in the sky if you symbolically eat his flesh
    and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an
    evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a woman, who was
    made from a rib of a clay man, was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a
    magical apple tree.......then the woman beget two sons, and they went out and
    started populating the planet....which was very difficult for them because the
    only woman that existed was their mom...... thanks any way, but I can live just fine without your psychotic farfetched fantasies.

  5. lookatthisdamncommentMarch 20, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    "I can live just fine without their psychotic farfetched fantasies."

    Nope. No you can't. You think that by banishing Christians your world is going to be so good and free and logical, but you are wrong. In our day and age, where Christians are driven out, pure evil, the kind that will murder you in broad daylight, hang homosexuals from cranes and streetlights, stone people in the streets to death, kill you for blasphemy, capture your children and train them to blow themselves up, and so forth fills the void. Don't you people get it?
    Islam is going to steamroll your stupid ass faster than you can say 'but we don't WANT more religion' because see if they care about what YOU want... They don't. They LOVE you for destroying the very thing that was protecting your lame ass just by being around you: Christians and Christianity. So go ahead and make fun of Christians, tell people how dumb they are and how brainwashed they are and so on, but just remember what I told you: when Christians are gone (for whatever reason), you sure are going to miss religious people around you who just wanted to mind their own business, unlike the NEW religious savages that have moved into your neighborhood, raping your daughters and small boys (think I'm lying? Go look at the rapes in Denmark perpetrated by muslims! They do it to seed the population with their evil!)
    Perhaps YOU are too stupid to see it coming, but not everybody is.
    Truth be told, I can't WAIT for it to happen to good 'ol folk LIKE YOU.

  6. Actually what we can see in theese pictures IS the God.


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