Posts Tagged ‘eso’

Voyage in the Milky Way

September 14, 2009

I posted so many pictures and videos about different space objects, but nothing can beat our own home — Milky Way. European Southern Observatory created an outstanding 360 degree picture of our galaxy. I still don’t understand how did we discover what is the shape of our galaxy, because we can only see it from inside. In any case it is just beautiful:

If you want to get picture featured in this video, you can do it on ESO website. Different picture sizes available on the right hand side.

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New Hubble Pictures

September 9, 2009

Hubble was serviced in May of this year. Astronauts replaced old camera with a better new one. Also they repaired some old equipment. Since then Hubble crew was testing and calibrating new devices and finally we have new stunning pictures! Gravitational lenses (light bends affected by massive galaxies), colliding galaxies and exploding stars — all those goodies just one click away :-) As usual Hubble is unbeatable in delivering astronomy pictures, enjoy:

I am speechless — that’s what today’s cutting edge technology can bring us.

Milky Way Like Galaxy NGC 4945

September 8, 2009

The European Southern Observatory recently pictured NGC 4945 galaxy. Somehow astronomers know how our own Milky Way galaxy looks like: spiral arms with a bar in the middle. NGC 4945 is believed to have exactly same structure. If you ever wonder how our own galaxy might look from the edge, wonder no more:

Spiral Galaxy NGC 4945 pictured by ESO. Image credit: ESO.

Spiral Galaxy NGC 4945 pictured by ESO. Click to view bigger version. Image credit: ESO.

I found two extra galaxies on this shot beside NGC 4945, can you find more?