Sputnik 1, launched on 4 October. 1957.

Sputnik 1 was the first artificial Earth satellite. The Soviet Union launched it into an elliptical low Earth orbit on 4 October 1957, orbiting for three weeks before its batteries died, then silently for two more months before falling back into the atmosphere. It was a 58 cm (23 in) diameter polished metal sphere, with […]

Zodiacal Light shines from Three Stone Hill.

Felsőtárkány, Hungary. The Zodiacal light, left, with Venus and the Milky Way, right, appear near the top of the Three-Stone Hill on the Bükk Plateau. The light is apparently caused by the reflection of sunshine from the interplanetary dust particles of the zodiacal cloud Image Credit: Photograph by Peter Komka/EPA See more Images via Best […]

A View of Earth and the Moon from Mars.

Photographic Image by NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona During a recent calibration exercise, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured a remarkable view of Earth and its moon from a distance of 127 million miles (205 million kilometers). It’s so clear, you can even make out our planet’s continents. To calibrate the HiRISE camera aboard the Mars Orbiter, NASA […]

Full Moon in Timelapse rises over LA.

Los Angeles based designer and photographer Dan Marker-Moore shot this absolutely stunning collage of eleven frames of a timelapse of the full moon ascending over Downtown Los Angeles. He used an Olympus OMD-EM5 camera and a 100mm lens. And the timelapse itself is worth every delicious second from My Modern Met. See the Video via […]

‘Within Reach of the Stars.’

Honourable mention, Astronomy category Within Reach by Petr Horalek. The skies above ESO’s Paranal Observatory resemble oil on water as greens, yellows and blues blend to create an iridescent skyscape. The rocky, barren landscape below evokes an alien world, complementing the cosmic display above Image Credit: Photograph by Petr Horalek/PA. via Royal Society Publishing Photography […]

Aurora over Brooks Range, Alaska.

Image Credit: Photograph by © Fred Wasmer. All rights reserved. A bright aurora appears over a homestead in the Brooks Range of northern Alaska on the morning of 23 March, 2015. Fred Wasmer, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America Member since 2014 Source: Aurora Over Homestead | Smithsonian Photo Contest | Smithsonian

The Moon and Venus over The Grampians.

Pic of the week: Moon over Grampians. The moon setting with Venus from Reid’s Lookout, in Victoria’s Grampians National Park. Image Credit: Photograph by ABC Open contributor Greg Gorter Source: Pic of the week moon over Grampians – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Recreating Mars in the Gobi Desert.

Jinchang, China A staff member wearing a mock space suit poses in the Gobi desert near the C-space project Mars simulation base outside Jinchang. Image Credit: Photograph by Thomas Peter/Reuters Source: The 20 photographs of the week | Art and design | The Guardian

Peering into space from the Antalya observatory.

Antalya, Turkey The TÜBİTAK national observatory is located 2,500 metres (8,200ft) up Mount Bakirlitepe in Saklıkent. Image Credit: Photograph: TASS/Barcroft Images See more images via Best photos of the day: Prince’s Cloud guitar and molten art in China | News | The Guardian

Star Trails over Bourke.

Image Credit: Photograph by Ron Pantekoek. “This is a composite image consisting of 150 images to create the star-trails, one image for the truck ‘moving’ head and tail lights, and one for the foreground. All images were taken on the same night just outside the city limits of Bourke, New South Wales, Australia, and took […]