12 Stunning Photos Of Space That'll Make You Jealous Of Jaadu

Shreemi Verma , 08 Feb 2016
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Space is awesome, astronomy is great and I really believe that a telescope will replace Netflix in my life very soon. The universe is so vast and beautiful, I don’t know about Rohit, but if I had any contact with Jaadu, I really wouldn’t be here. I’d bug that guy to take me out there everyday. For those who don’t know who I’m talking about, please watch Koi…Mil Gaya at the earliest. Anyway, while searching for #space pictures on Instagram (I do that far too often), I saw some jaw-dropping photos of the cosmos and decided to list them here. Our future generations will be living somewhere there anyway.

1) This is one of the five known moons of Pluto

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Charon is the largest of the five known moons of Pluto. Charon is about half the size of Pluto, having a diameter between 1,207 and 1,212 kilometers. Much was unknown about Charon until the arrival of the New Horizons spacecraft in July 2015. New Horizons flew within 27,000 km of Charon and revealed a world that scientists did not expect to find. Scientists assumed that Charon would be somewhat like our moon, with an ancient surface battered in craters. Instead, scientists found a world with amazing surface features, containing valleys, mountains, and canyons. Scientists were amazed at the lack of impact craters on Charon's surface. Scientists assumed that, based on its location in the outer solar system, Charon would have an abundance of craters. Yet they were surprised at how few there really was. Charon must have been impacted by many objects from space in its past, so the only explanation is that some kind of geologic activity has eroded the craters. More evidence of geologic activity came from the discovery of a large system of canyons stretching more than 1,600 km across the surface of Charon. The complex is four times larger than the Grand Canyon and twice as deep in some areas. This complex of canyons is evidence of an upheaval of geologic activity at some time in Charon's past. Scientists have also discovered a fewer number of large impact craters in the region south of Charon's equator called Vulcan Planum, than in regions to the north. This smoother surface is a clear sign of wide-scale resurfacing. Scientists are still not certain what has caused all this. However, they are discussing the possibility of cryovolcanos on Charon's surface. Scientists are discussing that there may have been a subsurface ocean of liquid water on Charon. Sometime in its past this ocean froze. This change in volume could have caused the surface of Charon to crack, allowing water-based lavas to reach the surface. Image credit: NASA #astronomy #astronomer #astrophysics #space #cosmos #science #physics #universe #stars #planet #astronaut #constellation #interstellar #spacetravel #outerspace #instalike #instafollow #astrobiology #Nasa #Hubble #telescope #astrophysics_

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2)  And this is a dwarf planet, giving Mars some major competition in the colouring department.

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Image: Artist’s depiction of the gas giant planet in orbit around the red dwarf star TYC 9486-927-1, which can be slightly seen in the background. Credit: University of Hertfordshire/Neil James Cook Scientists use to suspect that the planet designated 2MASS J2126-8140 was a rogue planet. A world that was thrown out of its solar system during its formation and now drifts through the emptiness of interstellar space. However, it turns out that 2MASS J2126-8140 isn't a rogue planet. Recent observations have concluded that it actually orbits a red dwarf star. So why did scientists first suspect that 2MASS J2126-8140 was a rogue planet? Well it orbits its star at a really far distance. And I mean far. 2MASS J2126-8140 orbits its star at an average distance of about a trillion kilometres (or 621,000,000,000 miles)! That's really far! To get an idea of how far this is, it's about 6,900 times farther than the distance from the Earth to the sun. It's orbit is about 140 times wider than Pluto's. The faint red dwarf that it orbits would appear as nothing more than a relatively bright star in its sky. Astronomer Simon Murphy from the Australian National University and his colleagues uncovered the secret relationship between the planet and star after noticing that they were both located 100 light-years from Earth. Further analysis showed they were moving together as well. 2MASS J2126-8140 is a gas giant about 12-15 times the size of Jupiter. It takes roughly one million Earth years for 2MASS J2126-8140 to orbit its star once. Scientists are unsure exactly how a solar system of this size formed. It obviously couldn't have formed the same way ours did. Rather, the team suspects the star and planet were born relatively recently, at least within the past 10 to 45 million years ago, and that they formed from a filament of gas that pushed them together in the same direction. #astronomy #astronomer #astrophysics #space #cosmos #science #physics #universe #stars #planet #astronaut #constellation #interstellar #spacetravel #outerspace #instaspace #instalike #instafollow #astrobiology #Nasa #Hubble #telescope #galaxy #stargazing #starstuff #astrophysics_

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3) The Triffid Nebula makes me want to go there

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Image: The Triffid Nebula contains a large number of variable stars. Credit: ESO When observing the stars, they seem to shine with a relatively steady brightness. However, there are some stars that actually change both their size and brightness. These types of stars are called variable stars. These stars are passing through a phase in their lives in which their luminosity and size oscillate. For most stars, the change in luminosity is continuous and can be predicted. Most variable stars have a regular or semi-regular period in which they may change their luminosity and size over a few hours, days, or years. Others have more extreme periods, in which they change over hundreds of years. Nearly every variable star found, when placed on an HR diagram, is located in a region of the diagram called the 'instability strip.' The colour and luminosity of variable stars vary from red giants to yellow supergiants. However, most variable stars have a very predictable relationship. Astrophysicists can trace the variability of these stars to stages in their lives when their energy output becomes very sensitive to conditions within the star. For example, a stars internal temperature may rise. Due to this increase in temperature the star will also become brighter. This causes the star to expand and cool. Its internal temperatures will now begin to decrease. The star now begins to contract and its brightness decreases. This contraction of the star will again cause the temperature to go up, and the whole process repeats itself. This, in a nutshell, is how a variable star works. #astronomy #astronomer #astrophysics #space #cosmos #science #physics #universe #stars #planet #astronaut #constellation #interstellar #spacetravel #outerspace #instaspace #instalike #instafollow #astrobiology #Nasa #Hubble #telescope #galaxy #stargazing #starstuff #astrophysics_

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4) And here’s what the surface of Mars looks like, NBD.

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Go and follow @rxspace another amazing astronomy page! Image: Surface of Mars Credit: NASA/ESA When humans go to Mars, would it be possible to grow plant life there with Martian soil? Would it be possible to grow extra food in Mars' soil? You may think that the answer is no. However, it actually would be possible to grow plant life on Mars using the soil found there. Although you obviously couldn't grow it on the surface, you would have to grow the crops inside of a living area. The Martian soil could in fact be used to grow crops, with the help of fertilizer. The soil on Mars does have the nutrients required for plant life to grow. Although it does depend on where the astronauts land. Some regions don't have as many nutrients as others, so astronauts would need to land in a region that has soil with the required nutrients. NASA is actually currently developing replicas of Martian soil which scientists will use to study how well crops can grow in Martian soil. Astronauts onboard the International Space Station have even successfully grown plants in space. #astronomy #astronomer #astrophysics #space #cosmos #science #physics #universe #stars #planet #astronaut #constellation #interstellar #spacetravel #outerspace #instaspace #instalike #instafollow #astrobiology #Nasa #Hubble #telescope #galaxy #stargazing #starstuff #astrophysics_

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5) While this is an artist’s concept of a black hole, similar to the one Matthew McConaughey goes inside in Interstellar.

6) This is one of the sharpest views of Pluto, looking a lot like the Versova Rock Beach

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This enhanced color mosaic combines some of the sharpest views of Pluto that NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft obtained during its July 14 flyby. The pictures are part of a sequence taken near New Horizons’ closest approach to Pluto, with resolutions of about 250-280 feet (77-85 meters) per pixel – revealing features smaller than half a city block on Pluto’s surface. Lower resolution color data (at about 2,066 feet, or 630 meters, per pixel) were added to create this new image. The images form a strip 50 miles (80 kilometers) wide, trending (top to bottom) from the edge of “badlands” northwest of the informally named Sputnik Planum, across the al-Idrisi mountains, onto the shoreline of Pluto’s “heart” feature, and just into its icy plains. The wide variety of cratered, mountainous and glacial terrains seen here gives scientists and the public alike a breathtaking, super-high-resolution color window into Pluto’s geology. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI #nasa #space #pluto #solarsystem #newhorizons

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7) Hi moons of Saturn!

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A Brighter Moon: Although Saturn's moons Dione (near) and Enceladus (far) are composed of nearly the same materials, Enceladus has a considerably higher reflectivity than Dione. As a result, it appears brighter against the dark night sky. The surface of Enceladus (313 miles or 504 kilometers across) endures a constant rain of ice grains from its south polar jets. As a result, its surface is more like fresh, bright, snow than Dione's (698 miles or 1123 kilometers across) older, weathered surface. As clean, fresh surfaces are left exposed in space, they slowly gather dust and radiation damage and darken in a process known as "space weathering." The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Sept. 8, 2015. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute #nasa #cassini #nasacassini #space #saturn #dione #enceladus #planets #nasabeyond #science

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8) Hi Saturn!

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Mighty Saturn! It is easy to forget just how large Saturn is, at around 10 times the diameter of Earth. And with a diameter of about 72,400 miles (116,500 kilometers), the planet simply dwarfs its retinue of moons. One of those satellites, Tethys (660 miles or 1,062 kilometers across), is seen here at lower right. This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 8 degrees above the ring plane. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on March 7, 2015 using a spectral filter that preferentially admits wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 752 nanometers. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute #nasa #astronomy #space #cassini #saturn #tethys #nasabeyond #science

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9) How can I miss out the big guy Jupiter!

10) This is a galaxy, which is NOT the Milky Way. This galaxy might have many other solar systems, you think they’d have another Earth?

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Two become one in this Hubble Space Telescope view showing galaxy NGC 6052, located around 230 million light-years away in the constellation of Hercules. It would be reasonable to think of this as a single abnormal galaxy, and it was originally classified as such. However, it is in fact a “new” galaxy in the process of forming. Two separate galaxies have been gradually drawn together, attracted by gravity, and have collided. We now see them merging into a single structure. As the merging process continues, individual stars are thrown out of their original orbits and placed onto entirely new paths, some very distant from the region of the collision itself. Since the stars produce the light we see, the “galaxy” now appears to have a highly chaotic shape. Eventually, this new galaxy will settle down into a stable shape, which may not resemble either of the two original galaxies. Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt #nasa #space #astronomy #universe #galaxy #science #hubble

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11) That’s the one I shouldn’t look at directly from my telescope (when I buy one)

12) And finally, we’re back home.

*Immediately dials Om Om Om Om.*

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