Archives for January 2009
As part of the International Year of Astronomy, the Hubble Telescope will turn and image a celestial object, never before seen in such detail… and you get to vote for which one! Go to youdecide.hubblesite.org and vote for the one you’d like to see the most. (Also you can enter to win a 16×20″ print of the new image, woo!)
“Hubble’s Next Discovery — You Decide” is part of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA), the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s observations. People around the world can vote to select the next object the Hubble Space Telescope will view. Choose from a list of objects Hubble has never observed before and enter a drawing for one of 100 new Hubble pictures of the winning object. The winning image will be released between April 2 and 5, during the IYA’s 100 Hours of Astronomy, a global astronomy event geared toward encouraging as many people as possible to experience the night sky. Vote by March 1 to swing Hubble toward your favorite target.
Saturn As Seen From Titan (1944), © Chelsey Bonestell
Reproduced courtesy of Bonestell LLC
Give your eyes a treat today, check out the fantastic space art of Chelsey Bonestell (1888-1986.) Considered to be the father of modern space art, his treatments of architecture (particularly the Golden Gate Bridge) are just as tremendous. What a talented guy!
Seen above, Saturn As Seen From Titan (1944) is his most famous work, and is one of the most recognizable pieces of space art, period. Read and view a bit more about the painting’s development.
M51 is the quintessential spiral galaxy, as shown in this
reworked Hubble image with superior detail!
The 51st entry in Charles Messier’s famous catalog is perhaps the original spiral nebula – a large galaxy with a well defined spiral structure also cataloged as NGC 5194. Over 60,000 light-years across, M51’s spiral arms and dust lanes clearly sweep in front of its companion galaxy (right), NGC 5195. Image data from the Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys has been reprocessed to produce this alternative portrait of the well-known interacting galaxy pair. The processing has further sharpened details and enhanced color and contrast in otherwise faint areas, bringing out dust lanes and extended streams that cross the small companion, along with features in the surroundings and core of M51 itself. The pair are about 31 million light-years distant. Not far on the sky from the handle of the Big Dipper, they officially lie within the boundaries of the small constellation Canes Venatici.