A stunning collection of space photography, courtesy of The Big Picture.
A small region inside the massive cluster Omega Centauri which boasts nearly 10 million stars. These stars are about about 16,000 light-years from Earth, and are between 10 billion and 12 billion years old.
Composed of gas and dust, this nebula resides 7,500 light-years away in the southern constellation Carina. This image, taken in visible light, shows the tip of the 3-light-year-long pillar, bathed in the glow of light from hot, massive stars off the top of the image.
This image is a small section of a larger mosaic of the Orion Nebula which is about 1,500 light-years away, the nearest star-forming region to Earth.
A transit of the Moon across the face of the Sun on February 25, 2007
Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-125 lifts off from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center May 11, 2009.
The Cat’s Eye Nebula (NGC 6543), about 3,300 light-years away.
A view of Earth from orbit shortly after launch, July, 1969.
Above the Pacific Ocean on may 11, 2009, International Space Station astronauts shot this photo of the moon, slightly distorted because it is seen through the Earth’s atmosphere.
The Sun is on the opposite side, so all of Saturn is backlit.
Tiny moon Janus, seen before Saturn’s rings, with massive moon Titan beyond.
This stellar grouping, called R136, is only a few million years old and resides in the 30 Doradus Nebula, a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way located some 170,000 light-years away. Many of the diamond-like icy blue stars are among the most massive stars known. Several of them are over 100 times more massive than our Sun. The image was taken by Hubble telescope on October 20-27, 2009.
A setting last quarter crescent moon and the thin line of Earth’s atmosphere are photographed as the International Space Station passes over central Asia on Sept. 4th, 2010.
This image shows the edge of a giant gaseous cavity within the star-forming region called NGC 3324. The glowing nebula has been carved out by intense ultraviolet radiation and stellar winds from several hot, young stars. A cluster of extremely massive stars, located well outside this image in the center of the nebula, is responsible for the ionization of the nebula and excavation of the cavity.
The star cluster Pismis 24 lies in the core of the large emission nebula NGC 6357.
An animation of the sun, seen by NASA’s Extreme ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (EIT) over the course of 6 days, starting June 27, 2005.