You’d have to go a long way to find more beautiful images.

October 4, 2009

NASA have released some more amazing images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Originally launched in 1990 it was initially beset by problems, the most difficult of which saw the discovery that the main mirror used for gathering images had been incorrectly ground. This severely compromised the telescope’s ability to capture images. However, all the hard work and patience have paid off as it is now sending back unbelievable images.
This image resembles a cosmic butterfly.

The universe is a beautiful place

The universe is a beautiful place

From the NASA website:
“This celestial object looks like a delicate butterfly. But it is far from serene.
What resemble dainty butterfly wings are actually roiling cauldrons of gas heated to more than 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The gas is tearing across space at more than 600,000 miles an hour – fast enough to travel from Earth to the moon in 24 minutes.”

Many Hubble observations have led to breakthroughs in astrophysics, such as accurately determining the rate of expansion of the universe. It’s a hugely important project that continues to help us understand more and more about this crazy universe in which we live. See more of these amazing Hubble images here.

The images remind me of the Aurora Borealis, or northern lights. I’m amazed by these celestial lights and am planning on visiting the north of Scotland a lot this winter to try and see and photograph these phenomenal natural light displays. Here’s a shot of the Aurora Borealis that shows what I mean.

The awesome beauty of nature

The awesome beauty of nature

Here’s an unusual shot of them, taken from onboard the International Space Station.

Hauntingly beautiful

Hauntingly beautiful

These colourful displays are caused by an interaction between the Earth’s magnetic field and solar wind. They’re another fantastically beautiful natural phenomenon that we spend far too little time studying and paying any attention to.
So, go outside and look for the lights in the sky.
Because they are, truly, things of beauty.


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