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"Astronomy: Exploring the Vastness of the Universe" Pale Blue Dot

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Pale Blue Dot, Voyager 1

Pale Blue Dot, Voyager 1
This unique narrow-angle color image is of the Earth, dubbed Pale Blue Dot, is a part of the first ever portrait of the solar system taken by Voyager 1

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Coming from Evening Church, 1830, (1947). Creator: Samuel Palmer

Coming from Evening Church, 1830, (1947). Creator: Samuel Palmer
Coming from Evening Church, 1830, (1947). Congregation leaving an Evensong service in Shoreham, Kent, with full moon above the church. Painting in the Tate Gallery, London

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Hubble Space Telescope view of nebula NGC 604

Hubble Space Telescope view of nebula NGC 604
Nebula in galaxy M33. Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image showing clouds of gas in the nebula NGC 604. This nebula is a region of intensive star formation

Background imageAstronomy Collection: The edge of the firmament (Flammarion engraving) From L atmosphere

The edge of the firmament (Flammarion engraving) From L atmosphere. Meteorologie populaire by Camill Artist: Anonymous
The edge of the firmament (Flammarion engraving) From L atmosphere. Meteorologie populaire by Camille Flammarion, 16th-17th centuries. Found in the collection of Zentralbibliothek Zurich

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Beautiful Northern Lights aurora borealis borealisgreen Norway nature

Beautiful Northern Lights aurora borealis borealisgreen Norway nature
Very strong Northern Lights. Aurora borealis attract every year many tourists

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Celestial mechanics, medieval artwork

Celestial mechanics, medieval artwork
Celestial mechanics. Coloured historical artwork depicting a medieval pilgrim looking out from the sky (blue) to see the mechanics of the heavens (upper left)

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Optical image of the star Sirius

Optical image of the star Sirius
Sirius. Optical image of the star Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, with the exception of the Sun. North is at top. Sirius (Alpha Canis Majoris), also known as the Dog Star

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2012

Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2012. Hubble Space Telescope (HST) infrared image of distant galaxies in a region of the sky in the constellation of Fornax

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Total solar eclipse with corona

Total solar eclipse with corona
Total solar eclipse. Digitally enhanced composite of 22 images of the total solar eclipse of 11 August 1999. The solar corona (white) has been enhanced, highlighting outlying waves and filaments

Background imageAstronomy Collection: The Fighting Temeraire, 1839. Artist: JMW Turner

The Fighting Temeraire, 1839. Artist: JMW Turner
The Fighting Temeraire, 1839. The 98-gun ship Temeraire became known as the Fighting Temeraire after its role in Nelsons victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805

Background imageAstronomy Collection: A Black Hole in a Globular Cluster

A Black Hole in a Globular Cluster
Artists View of a Black Hole in a Globular Cluster

Background imageAstronomy Collection: MAP microwave background

MAP microwave background
Cosmic microwave background. Whole sky image of the cosmic microwave background made by the MAP (Microwave Anisotropy Probe) spacecraft

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Messier objects, full set

Messier objects, full set
Messier objects. These 110 astronomical objects were catalogued by the French astronomer Charles Messier (1730-1817), a comet hunter who wanted to list the permanent objects in the sky that might be

Background imageAstronomy Collection: The Plough asterism in Ursa Major

The Plough asterism in Ursa Major
The Plough. This asterism (group of stars) is part of the much larger constellation Ursa Major, most of which is out of frame

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Earthrise photograph, artwork

Earthrise photograph, artwork
Earthrise photograph. Artwork based on the famous Earthrise photographs taken by the Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman and William Anders

Background imageAstronomy Collection: The Orrery by Joseph Wright

The Orrery by Joseph Wright (1734-1797). This artwork was painted in 1766. Its full title is A Philospher giving a Lecture on the Orrery in which a Lamp is put in place of the Sun

Background imageAstronomy Collection: 1919 solar eclipse

1919 solar eclipse. Image 2 of 3. This set of images, taken by the British astronomer Arthur Eddington (1882-1944), confirmed Einsteins theory of general relativity

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Orion nebula

Orion nebula. Coloured composite infrared and visible light image of the Orion nebula M42. This emission nebula, a cloud of gas and dust in which starbirth takes place

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Hubble Ultra Deep Field galaxies

Hubble Ultra Deep Field galaxies
Ultra Deep Field galaxies. Hubble Space Telescope Ultra Deep Field, the deepest view ever taken of the universe in 2004. Each dot of light is a separate galaxy

Background imageAstronomy Collection: METEOR SHOWER, 1833. People observing a meteor storm above a village in 1833

METEOR SHOWER, 1833. People observing a meteor storm above a village in 1833. Wood engraving by Adolf Vollmy, c1888

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Orions belt

Orions belt. Optical image of the line of three bright stars making up the belt in the constellation of Orion. The stars are, from lower left to upper right: Alnitak (Zeta Orionis)

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Pillars of Creation

Pillars of Creation, combined Chandra X-ray Observatory and Hubble Space Telescope image. These towering columns are formed of interstellar hydrogen gas and dust

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Sun Dog Painting

Sun Dog Painting
Vadersolstavlan (The Sun Dog Painting) is a painting depicting a halo phenomenon observed over Stockholm in 1535. Date: 1535

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Gas pillars in the Eagle Nebula

Gas pillars in the Eagle Nebula. Hubble Space Telescope image showing dark pillars of dense molecular hydrogen and dust in the Eagle Nebula (M16)

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Nebula Sh 2-106, HST image

Nebula Sh 2-106, HST image
Nebula Sh 2-106, Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image. Combined optical and infrared image of the compact star-forming region and emission nebula Sharpless 2-106 (Sh 2-106)

Background imageAstronomy Collection: 1689 Sir Isaac Newton portrait young

1689 Sir Isaac Newton portrait young
Sir Isaac Newton ( 4 January 1643 -31 March 1727). English physicist and mathematician. 18th Century Mezzotint portrait after the painting by Sir Godfrey Kneller 1689, with later colouring

Background imageAstronomy Collection: 1919 solar eclipse

1919 solar eclipse
^B1919 solar eclipse. Image 1 of 3.^b This set of images, taken by the British astronomer Arthur Eddington (1882-1944), confirmed Einsteins theory of general relativity

Background imageAstronomy Collection: A galactic light show in spiral galaxy NGC 4258

A galactic light show in spiral galaxy NGC 4258, also known as M106, about 23 million light years away. This galaxy is famous, however

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Cosmic microwave background

Cosmic microwave background. Spherical projection of the cosmic microwave background, using all-sky data from the WMAP (Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe)

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Full Moon

Full Moon. The Moon appears full when it is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun during its orbit, when it presents its full sunlit face to Earth

Background imageAstronomy Collection: The Silence of the Snows, 1907. Creator: Joseph Farquharson

The Silence of the Snows, 1907. Creator: Joseph Farquharson
The Silence of the Snows, 1907. Winter scene with watermill. From " Modern Art Monographs"

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Solar system planets

Solar system planets. Artwork showing the Sun (left) and the eight planets of the solar system and their orbits. From left to right they are: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn

Background imageAstronomy Collection: STEAMBOAT RACE, 1870. The Great Mississippi Steamboat Race between the Robert E

STEAMBOAT RACE, 1870. The Great Mississippi Steamboat Race between the Robert E. Lee and the Natchez from New Orleans to St. Louis won by the Robert E

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Sizes of Solar System planets compared

Sizes of Solar System planets compared
Planets of the Solar System. The eight planets of the Solar System are shown in this artwork at their correct relative sizes

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Voyager I composite of Saturn & six of its moons

Voyager I composite of Saturn & six of its moons
Voyager 1 composite image of Saturn & six of its moons superimposed on a painted starry sky background. The moon seen large at bottom left is Dione, followed clockwise by Enceladus, Rhea

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Sombrero galaxy (M104), HST image

Sombrero galaxy (M104), HST image
Sombrero galaxy (M104, NGC 4594), Hubble Space Telescope image. This spiral galaxy is seen almost edge-on to Earth. Its disc is seen as a dark band of dust crossing the brighter central bulge

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Catalan Atlas, 14th century

Catalan Atlas, 14th century. The 6-page Catalan Atlas (1375) was produced on vellum by the Jewish cartographer Abraham Cresques

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Solar System, artwork

Solar System, artwork
Solar System. Artwork of Earths solar system, showing the planets and other objects that orbit the Sun (upper right). The separations of the orbits are not shown to scale

Background imageAstronomy Collection: GALILEO: MOON. Sketches by Galileo of the moon as he saw it through the telescope

GALILEO: MOON. Sketches by Galileo of the moon as he saw it through the telescope, from his book The Starry Messenger, 1610

Background imageAstronomy Collection: M51 whirlpool galaxy

M51 whirlpool galaxy

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Carl Sagan, US astronomer

Carl Sagan, US astronomer
Carl Edward Sagan (1934-1996), US astronomer and astrochemist. Sagan was a consultant and adviser to NASA, and worked on the Apollo mission, as well as the Mariner, Viking, Voyager

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Crab nebula (M1)

Crab nebula (M1), Hubble Space Telescope image. This is a supernova remnant, the remains of a star that ended its life in a massine supernova explosion

Background imageAstronomy Collection: JAPAN: ASTRONOMY, 1936. Women watching stars. Color drawing, 1936, by Ota Chou

JAPAN: ASTRONOMY, 1936. Women watching stars. Color drawing, 1936, by Ota Chou

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Milky Way

Milky Way, optical image. The Milky Way is our own galaxy. Because Earth lies in one of its spiral arms, we look into the central mass of stars and see the galaxy as a band of light crossing the sky

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Orion nebula (M42)

Orion nebula (M42), optical image. This is a huge starbirth region, where gas is coalescing to form new stars. Radiation from the hot young stars ionises the gases in the nebula

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Jupiter and Io, New Horizons image

Jupiter and Io, New Horizons image
Jupiter and Io. Montage of images of Jupiter (left) and its moon Io (right), obtained by the New Horizons spacecraft in February and March 2007 as it passed Jupiter on its way to Pluto

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Science Allegorised

Science Allegorised
Philosophy enthroned, surrounded by the sciences - Grammar, Rhetoric, Linguistics, Music, Arithmetic, Geometry and Astronomy, with Socrates and Plato and scholars writing

Background imageAstronomy Collection: Rising Earth about five degrees above the lunar horizon

Rising Earth about five degrees above the lunar horizon
This December, 1968 NASA file image shows the rising Earth is about five degrees above the lunar horizon in this telephoto view taken from the Apollo 8 spacecraft



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"Astronomy: Exploring the Vastness of the Universe" Pale Blue Dot, Voyager 1: A humbling view of our home planet captured by Voyager 1 as it ventured into interstellar space, reminding us of our place in the cosmos. Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2012: Peering deep into space, the Hubble Space Telescope unveiled a mesmerizing image showcasing thousands of galaxies scattered across billions of light-years. The Fighting Temeraire, 1839: JMW Turner's masterpiece captures both artistry and science as it portrays a majestic ship juxtaposed against a breathtaking sunset, symbolizing humanity's eternal fascination with celestial wonders. 1919 Solar Eclipse: A pivotal moment when Sir Arthur Eddington confirmed Einstein's theory of general relativity during an eclipse expedition, forever altering our understanding of gravity and shaping modern astrophysics. METEOR SHOWER, 1833: Witnessing nature's spectacular display above a quaint village in Adolf Vollmy's wood engraving transports us back to an era where meteor storms ignited curiosity and awe among observers. Hubble Space Telescope View of Nebula NGC 604: Unveiling cosmic beauty within our neighboring galaxy M33, this captivating image showcases NGC 604—a stellar nursery brimming with young stars and colorful gas clouds. The Edge of the Firmament (Flammarion Engraving): An enigmatic illustration from "Meteorologie populaire" invites contemplation about humanity's relentless quest to explore beyond Earth’s atmosphere—seeking answers amidst boundless mysteries. The Plough Asterism in Ursa Major: Guiding stargazers for centuries, this familiar group of stars known as "The Plough" or "Big Dipper" serves as a navigational beacon while igniting dreams under countless night skies worldwide. The Orrery by Joseph Wright.