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CALVIN: If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently.
HOBBES: How so?
CALVIN: Well, when you look into infinity, you realize that there are more important things than what people do all day

Northern lights over glacial lagoon in Jökulsárlón, Iceland. The Milky Way Over Paradise. What Major World Cities Look Like at Night, Minus the Light Pollution. Milky Way over The Palouse Falls, WA (by Michael Brandt) Sharpest Views of the Cosmos Ever. A close-up of the central region of the Orion nebula, taken with the Schulman Telescope at the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter.

Sharpest Views of the Cosmos Ever

Credit: Adam Block/UA SkyCenter) Astronomers have built a new astro-camera that, when fitted onto the largest observatories on Earth, can snap photos of the universe twice as sharp as the famed Hubble Space Telescope. With the newly developed technology, giant telescopes can reach their theoretical limits of resolution in visible light —something that was just not possible, until now, because of atmospheric turbulence causing blurry visible light images.

(Related: The Largest Baby Star, Ever?) “It was very exciting to see this new camera make the night sky look sharper than has ever before been possible,” said Laird Close, the project’s principal scientist at the University of Arizona in a press statement. “As a result, we can see the visible sky more clearly than ever before,” said Close. Total Solar Eclipse over Svalbard. Simply breathtaking: The Milky Way. By Eddie Wrenn Published: 16:27 GMT, 26 June 2012 | Updated: 07:20 GMT, 27 June 2012 Occasionally an image comes along which is simply breath-taking.

Simply breathtaking: The Milky Way

This, we humbly submit, is one of them, an image of the Orion Arm of the Milky Way galaxy, stretching in an immense band across the skies and giving us just the tiniest glimpse of the vastness of our universe around us. The image was taken by astrophotographer Luc Perrot on the French island of Réunion, to the East of Madagascar, who reports that he waited two years to get the perfect light conditions. But it was worth it. The Moon and Saturn. Stars over Yellowstone. Mercury. A dark night illuminated. Stars over a still lake. Beautiful. Satellite passing by overhead. Solar Eclipse. Shot by Czech photographer Miloslav Druckmüller from the Brno University of Technology, these amazing composite images capture the moon during a total solar eclipse revealing a vast solar corona.

Solar Eclipse

To achieve the crystal clear effect the shots are comprised from some 40+ photos taken with two different lenses. Additional clarity was achieved due to the incredibly remote location chosen to view the eclipse from, a pier just outside the Enewetak Radiological Observatory on the Marshall Islands, smack dab in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. You can see several more images from the project at Druckmüller’s website and don’t miss this much higher resolution version including some 209 stars. All images courtesy the photographer. (via this isn’t happiness) Space Pictures: Atlantis, Geyser Moon. "Milky Way above the Himalayas" by Anton Jankovoy. Cosmic Peak. Quivertrees. Stars. Hurricane on Saturn's North Pole. Gorgeous. Long-exposure stars and fireflies.

Super Moon at the Temple of Poseidon. Trail to the Milky Way by mengzhonghua. Galactic Monsoon. Zodiacal light by Noriko Tabuchi. Premium Canvas Starting at just $99 Buy Now Framed Print Starting at just $89 Buy Now Acrylic Starting at just $149 Buy Now.

Zodiacal light by Noriko Tabuchi

W is for WONDER. One of the basic human responses is wonder.

W is for WONDER

It's an inner state, a mood or attitude, that seems to have an accompanying emotion that can be very intense. There are also certain thoughts that go along with it. The external universe elicits these thoughts with its size, beauty, complexity, and simplicity. But just as we know from our own internal experience that the seen has unseen behind it, so we suspect that the external universe hides even as it expresses mystery.

I'm not sure if WOW! Why is there something rather than nothing? View of longest lasting lunar eclipse in recent history (~6 mins) Aurora Borealis. Photography of Curiosity Landing Site on Mars. Hubble Heritage Gallery of Images. Joshua Tree. Aurora Borealis & Surfer. Milky Way. South Luanga National Park, Zambia. Unrealistic Scenes on Photography Served. Space is Vast. Earth Science Picture of the Day. Pictures of the year 2010: space - Hubble, Chandra and Spitzer telescope images. Crazy. Hubble Space Telescope. Nebula. Orion Nebula. Milky Way above Montana. Twinkle, Twinkle. Beached Ship.