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Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Waltzing Through the Universe

Adam Block • May 25, 2017

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block brings us more of his stunning images of the universe—this time of cosmic dances through space.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: The Space Between

Adam Block • November 25, 2016

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares some of his beautiful photos showcasing interstellar phenomena.

Gaia's first galaxy map

Emily Lakdawalla • September 14, 2016

The astronomy world is abuzz today because of ESA's announcement of the first release of data from the Gaia mission. Gaia is a five-year mission that will eventually measure the positions and motions of billions of stars; this first data release includes positions for 1.1 billion of them, and proper motions for 2 million.

WISE Views in Infrared

Judy Schmidt • June 24, 2016

Amateur image processor Judy Schmidt explains the process of creating gorgeous views of the cosmos from infrared data from the WISE telescope.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: The Eye of Sauron

Adam Block • May 18, 2016

Astrophotographer Adam Block shares his latest image, this time of a menacing spiral galaxy.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Shadow Play

Adam Block • January 18, 2016

Adam Block brings us his first images processed in the new year, showcasing the beautiful interplay of light and dark.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Distant Galaxies

Adam Block • December 24, 2015

Astrophotographer Adam Block shares stunning his images of far-away spiral galaxies.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Lesser-Known Beauty

Adam Block • November 13, 2015

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares stunning images of a few rarely-imaged pieces of our universe.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Long Exposures

Adam Block • August 21, 2015

Astrophotographer Adam Block brings us images showcasing beauty in details requiring extended exposures to capture.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Star Stream

Adam Block • July 31, 2015

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block presents the first-ever high-resolution color images of the "star stream halo" of the spiral galaxy NGC 4414.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Special Qualities

Adam Block • May 27, 2015

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares some images of nebulae and a galaxy with some special qualities to each of them.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Life and Death in the Universe

Adam Block • April 17, 2015

Astrophotographer Adam Block brings us images showcasing the evolutionary cycles in our universe.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Overlooked

Adam Block • January 14, 2015

Astrophotographer Adam Block showcases some stunning images of lesser-known galaxies and nebulae.

Short updates on Akatsuki and Chang'e missions

Emily Lakdawalla • January 06, 2015

A few recent newspaper articles provide some updates on the status of Japan's Venus mission, Akatsuki, and the service module of China's Chang'e 5 test vehicle, Xiaofei. In brief: Akatsuki still plans to attempt to enter orbit in December of this year, while Chang'e 5 T1 is headed to lunar orbit. Meanwhile, the Chang'e 3 mission has released an interesting image of M101, the Pinwheel Galaxy.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Infinity

Adam Block • December 23, 2014

Astrophotographer Adam Block shares four stunning images capturing the expansiveness of the universe.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Strange and spooky

Adam Block • December 12, 2014

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares his haunting images of three different types of nebulae.

The Birth of the Modern Universe

Amir Alexander • August 29, 2014

Amir Alexander reviews Alan Hirshfeld's newest book, "Starlight Detectives: How Astronomers, Inventors, and Eccentrics Discovered the Modern Universe."

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Perception

Adam Block • July 25, 2014

Astrophotographer Adam Block shares two recent images of star clusters, along with a pair of depth perception-defying galaxies.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Interacting Galaxies

Adam Block • July 02, 2014

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block showcases some of his stunning images of what happens when galaxies get a little too close to each other.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos

Adam Block • June 06, 2014

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares some of his recent work.

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