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1689 Sir Isaac Newton portrait young Featured Telescopes Optical Print

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. It shows Newton in his prime and is the earliest of the portraits. Newton is famous for his laws of motion and gravitation and remains one of the greatest scientists of all time. His opus magnus was his "Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica". Other pursuits included optical physics, alchemy, religious and occult investigation, and preventing forgery while superintendant of the Royal Mint. He was widely viewed as an eccentric genius, but his human remains indicated mercury poisoning from his alchemy may have contributed to his instability. This version retains yellow age toning of original and is in the possession of the photographer

© PAUL D STEWART/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Spiral galaxy M81, Hubble image Featured Telescopes Optical Print

Spiral galaxy M81, Hubble image

Spiral galaxy M81, Hubble Space Telescope image.This was the sharpest image ever taken of M81 whenit was released in May 2007. The data werecollected between 2004 and 2006 by the AdvancedCamera for Surveys (ACS) on Hubble. Despite lying11.6 million light years away, individual starscan be identified, and numerous open starclusters, globular clusters and nebulae can beseen. M81 is the largest member of the M81 Group, one of the nearest groups of galaxies to our ownLocal Group (which includes our Milky Way and theAndromeda Galaxy). M81 is located in theconstellation Ursa Major. * The 70Mb hi-res file isa resized version of the original, which is 1Gb insize. Please contact SPL if you would like thefull size image *

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A Cosmic Magnifying Glass Featured Telescopes Optical Print

A Cosmic Magnifying Glass

Scanning the heavens for the first time since the successful December 1999 servicing mission, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope imaged a giant, cosmic magnifying glass, a massive cluster of galaxies called Abell 2218. This hefty cluster resides in the constellation Draco, some 2 billion light-years from Earth. The cluster is so massive that its enormous gravitational field deflects light rays passing through it, much as an optical lens bends light to form an image. This phenomenon, called gravitational lensing, magnifies, brightens, and distorts images from faraway objects. The cluster's magnifying powers provides a powerful "zoom lens" for viewing distant galaxies that could not normally be observed with the largest telescopes. The picture is dominated by spiral and elliptical galaxies. Resembling a string of tree lights, the biggest and brightest galaxies are members of the foreground cluster. Researchers are intrigued by a tiny red dot just left of top center. This dot may be an extremely remote object made visible by the cluster's magnifying powers. Further investigation is needed to confirm the object's identity. The color picture already reveals several arc-shaped features that are embedded in the cluster and cannot be easily seen in the black-and- white image. The colors in this picture yield clues to the ages, distances, and temperatures of stars, the stuff of galaxies. Blue pinpoints hot young stars. The yellow-white color of several of the galaxies represents the combined light of many stars. Red identifies cool stars, old stars, and the glow of stars in distant galaxies. This view is only possible by combining Hubble's unique image quality with the rare lensing effect provided by the magnifying cluster

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