Category: astronomy

Glorious planet Saturn, observed by the Voyage…

Glorious planet Saturn, observed by the Voyager 2 space probe on August 19, 1981. (NASA)

August 19, 2007: Backdropped by the Earth, the…

August 19, 2007: Backdropped by the Earth, the International Space Station is seen receding into the distance as the Space Shuttle Endeavour departs the orbital outpost.

(NASA)

Vintage NASA press pic of Saturn’s northern he…

Vintage NASA press pic of Saturn’s northern hemisphere, observed by the Voyager 2 probe from 4.4 million miles away, August 19, 1981.

Astronaut Tom Marshburn reflected in the visor…

Astronaut Tom Marshburn reflected in the visor of spaceman Christopher Cassidy, July 2009.

(NASA)

Comets and Aerolites, 1851. Illustrated by Joh…

Comets and Aerolites, 1851. Illustrated by John Emslie, published by James Reynolds, London.

(David Rumsey Maps)

The Moon, circa 1857-1860, photographed by Joh…

The Moon, circa 1857-1860, photographed by John Whipple and James Black.

(The Met)

August 18, 1967: Crater Aristarchus on the Moo…

August 18, 1967: Crater Aristarchus on the Moon is observed by NASA’s Lunar Orbiter 5 probe.

(NASA)

Tethys looks so tiny compared with giant Satur…

Tethys looks so tiny compared with giant Saturn and its rings, as seen from the Cassini space probe on August 18, 2015.

August 18, 1783: A meteor passes over the pala…

August 18, 1783: A meteor passes over the palatial grounds of Windsor Castle, England. Pencil and watercolor illustration by Paul Sandby (1731-1809). Dr. Tiberius Cavallo witnessed the event: “Being upon the Castle Terrace at Windsor, in company with my friend Dr James Lind, Dr Lockman, Mr T. Sandby and a few other persons, we observed a very extraordinary meteor in the sky. Mr Sandby’s watch was seventeen minutes past nine nearest; it does not mark seconds.”

(Royal Collection Trust)

Planet Saturn, viewed by the Cassini space pro…

Planet Saturn, viewed by the Cassini space probe on August 18, 2013.