The US space agency NASA never leaves a chance to mesmerise space enthusiasts by capturing awe-inspiring photos and releasing them to the public. Astronauts and scientists at the American space agency capture million of photos each year, but we have filtered some of the best clicks.
Earth covered in sheet of fire:
The stunning image was captured by astronauts aboard International Space Station (ISS) using Nikon D4 camera with a 240-millimetre lens. The image shows different layers of Earth’s marvellous atmosphere that has blue tinch spreading across the south Atlantic. The stretched out Sun has covered the planet in orange colour over dark sky which appears as if Earth is covered in fire. The entire scene is mesmerising and delight to watch for sky gazers.
Galactic Hybrid shot by Hubble:
The iconic Hubble Space Telescope captured this breathtaking image of the galaxy named UGC 12591 that is hybrid of a lenticular and a spiral galaxy located nearly 400 light years away from Earth. What’s striking is that the galactic hybrid is extremely massive and contain several billion times the mass of the Sun. Also, researchers estimated it to at least four times heavier than our galaxy Milky Way.
Black Hole devouring a star:
This is the longest death given to a star that lasted for nearly a decade. The remarkable discovery was made while observing the universe through Chandra X-ray Observatory and Swift satellite, and European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton.
Major cities of Earth at night:
The image captured from the International Space Station shows major cities of earth at night including London, Paris and Amsterdam. The bright yellow spots in the image are major cities while smaller spots are the towns.
Stunning Aurora Borealis:
Aurora Borealis is a common phenomenon to observe for the astronauts aboard ISS, but this is one something special.
Also, see top 16 Earth Images selected by NASA scientists. Scientists have stitched image together and made a video which makes it easier for the user to play all the incredible images by just a single click of a button. These images show Earth in shades and patterns like you have never seen before. From a sunset over the southern part of the Atlantic Ocean to thunderstorms over the Philippine Sea, from Dubai to Aurora Australis, the images seem ethereal.
It is here to mention these images were captured from International Space Station (ISS) that revolves around the earth at a distance of just 400 kilometers, and at a speed of at 8 km/second. In other words, it revolves around the earth 15 times in a day. Since it revolves at such a close distance which makes it possible for people to see it with their naked eyes.
The ISS is the largest artificial satellite present in space which serves as a microgravity and space environment research laboratory in which crew members conduct experiments in biology, human biology, physics, astronomy, meteorology, and other fields. The station is suited for the testing of spacecraft systems and equipment required for missions to the Moon and Mars.