taipei glows under a blanket fog in these photos by wang wei zheng. (see also: dubai)

"There are few places in the world where there has never been war, where the environment is fully protected, and where scientific research has priority… But there is a whole continent like this - it is the land the Antarctic Treaty parties call “a natural reserve, devoted to peace and science.”"
British Antarctic Survey


Finland | Mikko Karjalainen


India’s first spacecraft to visit Mars has sent back one of the most incredible photos yet of the Red Planet. This image from the Mangalyaan probe was unveiled today by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The planet’s southern ice cap is clearly visible while a huge dust storm blankets part of the northern region. The spacecraft used its Mars Color Camera to capture the amazing photo from a distance of 46,292 miles above the Red Planet.

(Credit: Indian Space Research Organisation)


Milky Way over Assiniboine by on Flickr.

Galaxy Churns Out Young Stars

Dwarf Galaxy NGC 4214 is located some 10 million light-years away in the constellation Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs). Its nearness to Earth and the variety of evolutionary stages among its stars make it ideal for researching star formation and evolution. This image shows patterns of glowing hydrogen formed during star birth and cavities carved by stellar winds. Astronomers have also discovered clusters of older red supergiant stars.

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration.


Milky Way by James Austrums | (Website)


Enchanted forest at the Milky Way. Take 1. by slworking2 on Flickr.


Tarantula Nebula Bright Emission Nebula in the LMC
The Tarantula Nebula is an incredibly bright emission nebula located in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) in the southern constellation of Dorado with an apparent magnitude of +8 at a distance of 160,000 light years. It is huge, being nearly 640 light years across. It is also known as 30 Doradus, Caldwell 103 and NGC 2070. It is the most active region of star formation in our local group of galaxies.

Credit: Don Goldman


Stars over Iceland by Claudia Regina CC


Starry Night Above the Alps by Dan Briski


Tra stelle e fuoco by RS © Photography on Flickr.


Northern lights on Kvaløya (Tromsø, Norway) by Lars Tiede


Spanning 4,000 light-years across, NGC 206 is the richest star cloud in M31 as well as one of the largest and brightest star formation regions of the Local Group. Also known as Andromeda, M31 is a spiral galaxy just 2.5 million light-years away. NGC 206 is near top center in this gorgeous close-up of the southwestern extent of Andromeda’s disk. The bright, blue stars of NGC 206 indicate its youth. In fact, its youngest massive stars are less than 10 million years old. 


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