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The Day the Earth Smiled
In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn’s rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame. The dark side of Saturn, its bright limb, and its rings are clearly seen. Earth, which is 1.44 billion kilometers away in this image, appears as a blue dot at center right; the moon can be seen as a fainter protrusion off its right side.
Moonlight and Zodiacal Light Over La Silla
What may look like a futuristic city out of a science fiction story, floating high above the clouds, is ESO’s longest-serving observatory, La Silla. This photograph was taken by astronomer Alan Fitzsimmons while standing near the ESO 3.6-metre telescope just after sunset. The Moon is located just outside the frame of this picture, bathing the observatory in an eerie light that is reflected off the clouds below.
Storms Near Brazil
One of the Expedition 36 crew members aboard the International Space Station on July 4, 2013, used a 50mm lens to record this image of a large mass of storm clouds over the Atlantic Ocean near Brazil and the Equator. A Russian spacecraft, docked to the orbiting outpost, partially covers a small patch of sunglint on the ocean waters in a break in the clouds.
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Paris at Night
One of the crew members aboard the International Space Station photographed this night image of the bright city of Paris, France on April 7, 2013.
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The Odd Couple
ESO’s Very Large Telescope has captured an intriguing star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud — one of the Milky Way’s satellite galaxies. This sharp image reveals two distinctive glowing clouds of gas: red-hued NGC 2014, and its blue neighbour NGC 2020. While they are very different, they were both sculpted by powerful stellar winds from extremely hot newborn stars that also radiate into the gas, causing it to glow brightly.
Carved by Massive Stars
This image, captured by ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) at Paranal, shows a small part of the well-known emission nebula, NGC 6357, located some 8000 light-years away, in the tail of the southern constellation of Scorpius. The image glows with the characteristic red of an H II region, and contains a large amount of ionised and excited hydrogen gas.