It’s hard not to love space, particularly, when you see photographs like these. Keep in mind, these are ALL photos of various celestial bodies, galaxies, and nebulae. There’s nothing Earth-related there, and it makes my head hurt, yet positively. Now enjoy these facts!
1. The Bubble Nebula
This is the Bubble Nebula, and it’s only 8,000 light-years away from Earth. Basically, we’re cosmic neighbors.
2. An open cluster
A group of stars that are held together by mutual gravitation is called an open cluster. This is one of those open clusters, located in the Scorpius constellation.
3. The Lobster Nebula
This beauty is the Lobster Nebula, and it is only 5,500 light-years away from Earth.
4. Two galaxies
Two galaxies swirling in an infinite (but not really) dance or passion and mutual destruction, caused by the gravitational pull of the lower one. Remember that there’s no up or down in space, though.
5. Red Spot On Jupiter.
Jupiter – the largest planet in our Solar System. But you probably knew that already. Did you also know that its trademark Great Red Spot is 1.3 times as wide as Earth?
6. NGC 602
NGC 602 is a gorgeous looking open cluster, located in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), and it’s one of the closest galaxies to the Milky Way.
7. The Carina Nebula
What the hell is that monstrosity? It’s just the Carina Nebula mostly made of gas and dust, that sort of resembles an elephant, no big deal.
8. The Westerlund 2 cluster.
About two million years ago this cosmic dust bunny was a bunch of stars. Now it’s called the Westerlund 2 cluster.
9. A huge Whirlpool
Tell me this doesn’t look like some translucent biological material! In reality, it’s a huge Whirlpool Galaxy in the process of merging with a smaller galaxy.
10. The Virgo Cluster
Now we’re looking at some galaxies far-far away. The Virgo Cluster is located 55 million light-years away from Earth. Can you imagine this distance? This is how the cluster looked back when dinosaurs ruled the world. Think about it.
11. Birth Place Of Star
This is where stars are being formed in the Cygnus, or Swan, constellation.
12. Black holes
30 million years ago these two supermassive black holes started their merging dance. I wonder how they’re doing right now.