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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 • 1

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

Gaia's first galaxy map

Emily Lakdawalla • September 14, 2016 • 3

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 • 3

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 • 2

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 • 1

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

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