Tuesday, July 29, 2008

RECENT SPACE PICTURES

Here's (above) the surface of Iapetus, a moon of Saturn. Those blistered lumps are mountains but they look like little details on the surface of a cracker.


Another aspect of Iapetus (above). This is turning out to be one of the most interesting of Saturn's moons, but we only have a few pictures and there's no plans to go back anytime soon.


Here's the "Eight" nebula. You see a lot of ring nebulas with a string across the middle but nobody knows what it's doing there.


Three nebulas (above) which appear to have some influence on each other. The colors and shapes look like oil paintings on a canvas.


Here's (above) a crater on Mars, seen from the point of view of a wandering robot rover. The crater is the size of a sports stadium. Like all the pictures here, you have to click to enlarge


A Pluto probe took this picture of Jupiter's weather. Lots of interesting close-up detail.



Here's (above) a nova remnant that appears like a rectangle when you squint. Actually it's probably a hollow cylinder and we're seeing it from the side.


Some dark shapes (above) within a nebula.


An Earth-based picture (above) of The Milky Way.


Another nova (above), no doubt with a flower name.


A nova remnant (above).

23 comments:

I.D.R.C. said...

Incredible. And it's all over the place. The mind boggles. It boggles.

LFW said...

that first one is bubbling flakey paint, I'm pretty sure.

but the rest are magnificent, sir

cheers

-LFW

Adam T said...

Nothing beats outer space for jump starting your imagination. Think of all the stuff that could be going on out there, all the strange landscapes, the weird weather, exotic life forms, and civilizations.

And most of the stuff that composes the universe we can't even see! What's going on in the dark matter, dark energy, side of the universe?

And think all of these images are time capsules of events that happened millions of years ago because the speed of light is finite. And these images are 2 dimensional images, of 3 dimensional space which is only one component of 4 dimensional spacetime.

And to think that we are composed of the same materials as the stuff in these images, so we are part of that stuff but we are that stuff trying to understand that stuff. I think it was Carl Sagan that said that 'we are the universe trying to understand itself' or something like that. Amazing isn't it?!

Anonymous said...

Sagan said "we are star stuff!" Then he dissolved.

Kali Fontecchio said...

Pretty pictures- the colors are really inspiring!

ChrisL said...

Hey Eddie, this is a bit off topic from your current post, but considering your love of maps and fascination with illustration and space and whatnot, I was wondering if you ever came across the work of Josh Keyes. A lot of it calls to mind old science and social studies text books. They're surreal cross sections of earth and animals.

http://www.joshkeyes.net/paintings.htm

I'd been trying to remember his name after seeing his work in a magazine and I just happened to come find his website today. Its really worth at least a quick look. When I see one his paintings it reminds me of when I would just stare at illustrations of rainwater circulation in my textbooks noting all the little details like a deer there, a flock of birds there.

PCUnfunny said...

Those images are postively an orgasmic symphony of extraterrestrial...uh..space thingys.

J. J. Hunsecker said...

Beautiful pictures! I love this post. I hope you post more photos like these in the future.

ElVez said...

Eddie, I love seeing where you wander... these images are great! I'm and avid reader of both you and John K.'s blog, and ran across a game from a Spanish designer that really hits the mark as to what kind of experience I see John and you speaking to as far as color, design, audience engagement, and outright surprising delight. Check out mistercoo.com for this gem.
And this isn't so much a comment as it is a message from a brother in arms... so I don't really want you to approve this as a comment. Just wanted to reach you from space.

Tentoyot said...

wow man...great picture and theory...

have a good day sir...

Anonymous said...

Eddie, I apologize that this has nothing to do with the post, but I would like to say thank you. You and John K. introduced me to Milt Gross, Dan Gordan, and others. How many 15-year-old Milt Gross and Charlie Chapiln fans do you know? Your drawing style has influenced me too, and I wish you would post more of your pencil comics. You are a household name in my home! Thank you very much.

jack raffin said...

these are great. thanks for putting these up, man. where did you get them off? was it just a google search?

also: did you ever see the photos of mars this year, with a supposed female figure in it? (it was just some rock):

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-509693/Life-Mars-Amazing-photos-Nasa-probe-reveal-mystery-figure-Red-Planet.html

M@ said...

But where is WALL-E?

Josh "Just What the Doctor Ordered" Heisie said...

Gosh darn it. I wanna go to space!

Amir Avni said...

The Eight Burst nebula made me wonder..."The chicken or the egg?"

I dunno about you Eddie, but I can't wait for NASA to send
probes to Europa

Caleb said...

What kind of clothes do you wear for Jupiter's weather, a painter's jumpsuit?

Cool stuff Eddie, I have a theory for you about golden age cartoons here.

Jorge Garrido said...

This post reminds me of that atheism motiviational that was all the rage on that website we don't talk about.

inb4 shitstorm!

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Chris: Interesting! Thanks for the link.

Elvez: After reading it, I still didn't understand what the site was for.

Anon: Milt gross at 15!? You're way ahead of the game!

Amir: Europa? Arthur C. Clarke would have loved that!

Jack: That's an amazing picture! Surely it can't be real.

Caleb: Yeah, black and white is a good way to start out. It's also cheaper if you're a student!

Sampada said...

Simply amazing. Kudos!

lastangelman said...

I love cosmological photography the otherworldly colors, the weird atmospheric movements on our neighboring planets, the amazing asteroids, the Jovian moons, the supernovae, the star and galaxy clusters. It's such an extraordinary gift that we're able to capture and reproduce these images of these celestial objects and have them freely available. I can get lost for hours looking at some recent Saturn pictures, better than anything ever dreamed up and executed by Hollywood, including Industrial Light and Magic. And many of these images are from the distant past, some before the dinosaurs, others even before Earth appeared.

Fred Osmond said...

Great post Eddie! You may have already talked about it in a previous post but I'd love to hear your theories on life outside our planet!

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Fred: I'd love to encounter intelligent life forms that are really different than our own.

it would be an interesting experiment to imagine what different life forms on Earth would think of us if they were intelligent enough to study us and draw conclusions. Some might be uninterested in us, some might attempt to see if we're good to eat, some might love us sentimentally, others might want to rub us out. If our parasites were intelligent then they'd probably be our best friends because they need us to survive. .

ve may bay gia re said...

We must go out to the galaxy to find new planet and build our new World, the earth is too old.