Our universe is amazing.
Over the years, the way we understand our own universe has changed dramatically. Much of what we know today is due to technology that has allowed us to investigate (and image) the environment around us.
In this list, you will see a series of images that meant a lot to our knowledge about the universe.
#1. Nebulosa Helix.
Due to its peculiar characteristics, this nebula is also often called the “Eye of God.”
#2. Veil Nebula.
The Veil Nebula, located 1,470 light years from Earth, is also the result of a supernova.
#3. Image puzzle made by Cassini on Saturn.
On September 15, 2017, the Cassini spacecraft entered Saturn’s atmosphere and ceased to exist a month before its 20th birthday. During 20 years of his work, he provided scientists with a lot of information about Saturn, its satellites, and left us incredible photos of the planet.
#4. Photo of Neil Armstrong on the Moon.
Photograph taken the first time a human being stepped on the Moon, on July 21, 1969. As Neil Armstrong himself said, “a small step for a man, but a giant step for humanity.”
#5. A star in the making
What you see in this image is a star in the making, collecting matter using the gas around it.
#6. Crab Nebula.
This is the most detailed photograph ever taken of the Crab Nebula, which is actually the remnant of a supernova observed by Chinese astronomers in the year 1054.
#7. The closest photograph we have of Mars.
In 2016, Mars was only 80 million kilometers from Earth, allowing the Hubble telescope to take the closest picture we have of the red planet.
#8. Milky Way.
The center of the Milky Way is 27,700 light years distant from our planet, and it is the most active part of the galaxy. The center is estimated to have at least two black holes, one of which is 43 million times denser than the Sun.
#9. Curiosity taking a selfie on Mars.
NASA’s Curiosity spacecraft is one of scientists’ primary resources when seeking more information about Mars.
#10. Eruption of the Sarychev stratovolcano.
This eruption occurred in 2009 and was photographed by astronauts on the ISS.
#11. Photograph of the Moon from the International Space Station (ISS)
The ISS began to launch into space in 1998, and today it is already 400 km from the surface of our planet, orbiting at a speed of 27,000 km / h.
#12. Earth’s atmosphere with the moon in the background.
#13. Launch of Falcon 9 from Space X (the same model that recently sent astronauts to the ISS), with the Hispasat 30W-6 satellite.
The Hispasat 30W-6 satellite was brought into Earth orbit by Falcon 9 on March 6, 2018.
#14. Bubble nebula.
Discovered in 1787 by William Herschel, it was only in 2016 that scientists detailed the Bubble Nebula. Resting in the constellation Cassiopeia, this nebula is located 7,100 light years from Earth.
#15. If all human beings were stacked in the Grand Canyon, it would not be enough to cover it completely.
#16. The evolution of Pluto.
You probably remember that in 2006, Pluto ceased to be considered a planet and became a “dwarf planet.” This change was mainly due to the technological capacity we acquired to analyze its structure.
#17. The other side of the moon
Since the time it takes for the moon to rotate around its own axis is the same time it takes for the moon to rotate around the Earth, everyone can only observe one side of the satellite. Fortunately, with the technology we have today, images like this allow us to see that side.
The cosmos still has many surprises to discover. Share this note so that your friends will be surprised by how beautiful our universe is.