Cool Astronomy Photos at NASA

I’ve always been fascinated with space. When I was a kid, I’d buy these picture books that feature stars, constellations, planets, and just about anything about the sky and outer space. I would’ve probably gone for a career in astrophysics or some other branch of astronomy had I not been waylaid by reality and ventured into business and economics instead. But whenever I see images of heavenly bodies, I would always relive that fascination. And thanks to the World Wide Web and broadband, I could now check out various high resolution images right from the foremost authority in space, the venerable (and sometimes infamous) US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (or APOD) site showcases cool telescope, satellite, and spacecraft flyby imagery taken over the years.

Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

The archives hold a good number of images, dating back to June 1995. There are the great ones, and there are the ones not as fascinating, but nonetheless still interesting. Some of the more breathtaking imagery I’ve seen so far are the annular solar eclipse (thumbnailed above), where the sun’s “ring of fire” can be seen; Hyperion, an odd-shaped satellite of Saturn’s, the Andromeda Galaxy in Infrared, among others. Most Astronomy buffs are likely to be already familiar with the APOD, but to the rest of us here’s something new to explore.

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