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I have a deep love for astronomy but I also love photographyI try and take astrophotography photos but I mostly take photos of landscapes and objects. There are two sets of photos on this page:

  1. My personal photography
  2. Photos I’ve used in all my posts (some are awesome as desktop wallpapers!

 

 

 

The Incredibly Beautiful Orion Nebula (M42)

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The Incredibly Beautiful Orion Nebula (M42)

If you were to ask what is one of the most famous nebulae or images of a nebula in astronomy it’s the great Orion Nebula or M42.  This gorgeous emission nebula or diffused nebula is located about 1,344 light years from Earth in the constellation Orion, south of Orion’s belt. What’s interesting about this nebula is that it’s moving away from us at 17.5 km per second! If we were going to compare the size of our Sun or mass of our Sun to M42 it would take 2,000 solar masses. The nebula has been churning and burning...

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Carnival of Space 449: Best Space Stories of the Week!

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Carnival of Space 449: Best Space Stories of the Week!

Welcome to the Carnival of Space issue 449! If this is your first time coming across this series then let me give you a brief introduction. Carnival of Space is hosted by amazing space science bloggers across the globe where they share their best space stories. It makes your life a lot easier in tracking down these awesome stories and even some exposure to our grass roots community. We hope you enjoy these stories and learn something new today! Without further adieu here they are:     CHIMERA: New Instrument to Help Astronomers...

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The Destructive Fate of the Comet Galaxy

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The Destructive Fate of the Comet Galaxy

Galaxies all come in different shapes and sizes and it plays on our imagination of what life could be like in other galaxies. However, the Comet Galaxy brings something new to the table. It’s what astronomers and scientists discovered about this galaxy that made it so intriguing. The galaxy is ripping itself apart while flying through space at incredible speeds.   At the top left you can see the infamous Comet Galaxy leaving a trail of stars and gas as it’s flying through at 3.5 million kilometers/hr or 972 kilometers per...

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The Giant Stellar Nursery NGC 604 that’s 100x the Orion Nebula

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The Giant Stellar Nursery NGC 604 that’s 100x the Orion Nebula

The universe is no stranger to freakishly large objects. Well enter NGC 604, it’s 1,300 light years across! As stated in the title it’s 100 times bigger than the famous Orion Nebula. However, if you plan to take a trip there it would take you 3 million light years to get there. Here’s a photo of the Orion Nebula in comparison to NGC 604: If you want to get a sense of how far Orion Nebula is…well then just look at NGC 604. Its size is the distance from Earth to the Orion Nebula! If NGC 604 was at the distance of Orion...

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In the Heart Nebula lies Melotte 15

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In the Heart Nebula lies Melotte 15

In the beautiful constellation Cassiopeia located 7,500 light years away from Earth, is a gorgeous star cluster called Melotte 15. It lays in the famous Heart Nebula and stretches for 30 light years in the image below, which would amount to 300 trillion km! The cosmic landscape of gorgeous colors represent different elements and gasses. In red we have sulfur, green is hydrogen (most abundant in the universe), and finally blueish hue is oxygen. This nebula and star cluster was only formed 1.5 million years ago, which is still considered a baby...

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Gorgeous Emission Nebula NGC 6188

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Gorgeous Emission Nebula NGC 6188

Here’s a beautiful image of NGC 6188. It’s amazing this no one has coined a term yet (maybe it’s your chance to suggest one!) but this stunning emission nebula is located in the constellation Ara. It’s still within our Milky Way located 4,000 light years away. The sculptures you see here in the cosmic gas are caused by young stars that are born and emitting intense ultraviolet radiation. NGC 6188 formed a few million years ago so it’s relatively young in the cosmic perspective. The colors here also represent...

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The Incredibly Beautiful Lagoon Nebula

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The Incredibly Beautiful Lagoon Nebula

The Lagoon Nebula has got to be one of the most beautiful and photogenic emission nebulae out there. This nebula is located about 4000-6000 light years away from Earth in the constellation of Sagittarius (the Archer). Astronomers believe it was discovered as early as 1654. Interestingly it is the one of only two star-forming nebulae that you can see faintly with the human eye. However, the real show is when you start examining it with the large telescopes. It’s an absolute must-see. In this post I’ll just be showcasing images of...

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The Strange Wonders of Jupiter’s Moon Callisto

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The Strange Wonders of Jupiter’s Moon Callisto

Imagine a moon where your typical view is the gargantuan planet Jupiter. It never seems to move across the sky and just stares right back at you. This is probably a typical view from most of the moons around Jupiter but there is one that separates itself from the rest; enter Callisto. Quick Facts About Callisto Discovered in 1610 by Galileo 16 Earth day orbital & rotation periods (synchronous) Average radius: 2,410 km (Earth’s moon = 1,737 km) Callisto is a very intriguing planet when you start getting a closer look at it. Its...

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The Opulent Vela Supernova Remnant

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The Opulent Vela Supernova Remnant

If there’s one thing I can’t get enough of it’s the gorgeous supernovae remnant photos. The cosmos sculpts magnificent scenes from hundreds or hundred of thousands light years away from Earth. The beautiful image you see here is our friend called the Vela Supernova Remnant, located 800 light years away from Earth. This remnant exploded about 11,000 – 12,300 years ago. To give you some context 11,000 years ago on Earth was the emergence of the oldest city still around today called Jericho. Humans who settled there may...

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Horsehead and Flame Nebula: A Cosmic Tango

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Horsehead and Flame Nebula: A Cosmic Tango

Estimated 1,500 light years away from planet Earth, lies a tale of two nebulae dancing in the cosmos. We’ll start with one of the most famous nebulae in astronomy: the Horsehead Nebula.  This gorgeous nebula is a dark nebula in the constellation Orion. The red emission nebula behind it acts like a gorgeous cosmic backdrop to show the curves and structure of this hydrogen gas beast. The head itself is about 2 to 3 light years across. In kilometers this would be about 20 – 30 trillion kilometers!   On the left hand side...

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Mysterious Dark Sand Dune on Mars

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Mysterious Dark Sand Dune on Mars

Mars is a hot topic these days with the discovery of water, the revelation of what happened to the water on Mars billions of years ago, to this…mysterious sand dune. Yes, what they call the Namib dune. Mars has a lot of strange landscape features and this sand dune is no exception. The dune is about 4 meters tall and what separates this dune from the rest is the fact that it moves 1 meter per year. Mars rover Curiosity took a side quest to actually study this up close. It’ll help scientists understand how Martian dunes act and...

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Furious 20,000 Year Explosion Wolf-Rayet Star 124

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Furious 20,000 Year Explosion Wolf-Rayet Star 124

When we think of stars going supernova we might imagine one of the most incredible explosions in the universe. Nothing surprising here. However, when we think about how fast the explosion happens, well there’s a whole different story altogether. Enter Wolf-Rayet Star 124. Before we jump into this particular star let’s take a sidebar and talk about this specific stellar death scenario. Grab your notebook we’re going on the magic schoolbus! okay… I lied… we don’t have the budget… but just stick with me...

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What Being an Astronomy Fan has Taught Me

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What Being an Astronomy Fan has Taught Me

Astronomy or even just science has taught me so much in my life that I figured I should share my key takeaways. I’m still learning so it’ll be great to revisit this post in about 5-10 years to see what else I’ve picked up. Before I jump in to this post I should give you some context about myself, the BrownSpaceman. Here are a few points about me before I really noticed the beauty of the universe and the poetry of science. I did not enjoy science in school and often struggled with math I enjoyed astronomy but nothing beyond...

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Q&A with Future Mars-walker Astronaut Alyssa Carson

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Q&A with Future Mars-walker Astronaut Alyssa Carson

Going to Mars will be no easy task. NASA and other private space companies have set goals for 2030 to go to Mars. To become an astronaut they say you need the “right stuff.” Being a Mars astronaut not only gets adults excited but even teenagers such as 14 year old Alyssa Carson. She has dedicated her life to becoming a Mars astronaut and you can tell she’s the real deal (find out what I mean here). I got a chance to ask Alyssa Carson a list of questions around her journey to becoming a Mars astronaut. Here we go! How has...

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What is Dark Matter and How Much is in the Milky Way?

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What is Dark Matter and How Much is in the Milky Way?

One fact that always humbles me is that the universe is made up 68% dark matter, 27% dark energy, and less than 5% matter. That means that all the current knowledge that we have as of February 2016 is only about < 5% of the universe. When we say matter we are talking about stars, planets, moons, nebulas, and all the atoms in the universe. That makes up about 5%. This fact is just mind boggling and you should take a second to let that sink in. Now, that leaves us with dark matter and dark energy? Dark energy is what we believe is causing...

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