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Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Lesser-Known Luminaries

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares some of his latest images highlighting some hidden gems.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Hidden Gems

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares of his latest views of our universe.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Sensational Spirals

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares some of his latest galactic treasures.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: The Cosmic Ocean

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares some of his most recent images of our amazing and beautiful universe.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Hidden in Plain Sight

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares of his latest work.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Snapshots of Chaos

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block brings us stunning images of beautifully chaotic scenes across the universe.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Waltzing Through the Universe

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

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

Gaia's first galaxy map

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

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

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

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.

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