Category: astronomy

1973 NASA art by Rick Guidice visualizes the i…

1973 NASA art by Rick Guidice visualizes the idea of a Pioneer probe using Jupiter’s gravity to slingshot itself toward the outer planets and beyond.

Neighboring planets, painted by Don Dixon, 197…

Neighboring planets, painted by Don Dixon, 1978.

Astronomer by Candlelight, painted by Gerrit D…

Astronomer by Candlelight, painted by Gerrit Dou, Netherlands, late 1650s.

(Getty Museum)

Astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, the “Mother of H…

Astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, the “Mother of Hubble,” was born on this day in 1925. She passed away last year. (NASA History Office)

May 12, 2009: Space Shuttle Atlantis seen in s…

May 12, 2009: Space Shuttle Atlantis seen in silhouette during solar transit.

(NASA)

Saturn looms large over Mimas in “The Sw…

Saturn looms large over Mimas in “The Sword of Herschel” by Kim Poor, 1985.

Jupiter and Ganymede, the largest moon in the …

Jupiter and Ganymede, the largest moon in the Solar System, observed by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2008. (SpaceTelescope.org)

Behold Kronberger 61, an ionized shell of expe…

Behold Kronberger 61, an ionized shell of expelled gas resembling a soccer ball, observed from the Gemini Observatory.

The Aurora Australis (southern lights) observe…

The Aurora Australis (southern lights) observed from the Space Shuttle Discovery on August 6, 2005. (NASA)

An eruption on Enceladus, moon of Saturn, illu…

An eruption on Enceladus, moon of Saturn, illustrated by Pamela Lee.