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Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Shadow Play
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
Astrophotographer Adam Block shares stunning his images of far-away spiral galaxies.
Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Lesser-Known Beauty
Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares stunning images of a few rarely-imaged pieces of our universe.
Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Long Exposures
Astrophotographer Adam Block brings us images showcasing beauty in details requiring extended exposures to capture.
Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Star Stream
Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block presents the first-ever high-resolution color images of the
Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Special Qualities
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
Astrophotographer Adam Block brings us images showcasing the evolutionary cycles in our universe.
Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Overlooked
Astrophotographer Adam Block showcases some stunning images of lesser-known galaxies and nebulae.
Short updates on Akatsuki and Chang'e missions
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
Astrophotographer Adam Block shares four stunning images capturing the expansiveness of the universe.
Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Strange and spooky
Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares his haunting images of three different types of nebulae.
Remember Comet Siding Spring? Mars Orbiter Mission got photos, too
A set of photos released by Mars Orbiter Mission last week completes the set of Mars spacecraft observations of the comet. Now we wait for science results!
The Birth of the Modern Universe
Amir Alexander reviews Alan Hirshfeld's newest book,
Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Perception
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
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
Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares some of his recent work.
A GRB in M31...or not
The Twittersphere has been alive with speculation about a Gamma Ray Burst in the nearby galaxy M31. The problem is, there was never a claim of such an event, and it turns out that the tentative result that triggered this story was overstated.
The Case of the 5-Millisecond Cosmic Radio Burst
Everyone loves a good mystery. In astronomy, there is nothing more exciting than an unexplained signal.
Opposition time for Mars, and several months of dancing with the stars
The Mars Express team showcases some of the best viewing opportunities of Mars in 2014, including how to spot Comet Siding Spring when it flies past Mars this October.
Update on the search for planets in the Alpha Centauri system
Update from Debra Fischer and her team on the intriguing results of their observations of the main Alpha Centauri stars, as well as future plans.