For almost six decades now, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has brought us priceless knowledge about the outer space. From the controversial moon landing to the discovery of exoplanets and of galaxies far, far away – we have NASA to thank for. Sure we can’t all relate to the maths and physics involved in NASA’s operations, but they give us one thing that all of us can definitely relate to – magnificent images of the outer space.
NASA has been taking awesome photos of the universe through its advanced equipment and, mind you, it’s not the kind of stuff that we see every day. So, without further ado, here are a few of the images that NASA has captured and has shared for all of us Earthlings to see in all its breathtaking, thousand-megapixels glory.
Check out these photos:
1. Earth, as seen from the Moon.
This image was taken during the Apollo 11 mission.
2. A bunch of “young” stars.
Yep, they are only about two million years old.
3. This is a galaxy far, far, faaaaaaaaaaaar away.
Unless you think 55 million light years is close, then this galaxy is way off from ours. It is called NGC 4013 and has the same shape as the Milky Way. This image was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.
A star’s death.
This image captures the death of a star. You can actually see its “heart” in the deep center. According to NASA, this is a neutron star, and that “it has about the same mass as the sun but is squeezed into an ultra-dense sphere that is only a few miles across and 100 billion times stronger than steel.”
5. An artist’s interpretation of a quasar.
Quasars are the most distant objects in the universe known to us. They are compact regions that surround a supermassive black hole.