When I was kid I had a telescope and would go out in the backyard and look at the craters of the moon. It was the Space Age and many from my generation dreamed about working for NASA: I was one of those children whose 1969 summer was punctuated by Neil Armstrong’s historic moon walk.
I’ve been a fan of God’s Creation ever since, so when friends on Facebook started sharing the NASA Astronomy Photo of the Day, I just got lost for a while. I want to own a photo of the Helix Nebula, the “eye” you see at the top of the page. Popular culture has nicknamed it “the Eye of God” and it fits, if you ask me. Not that we ever confuse God with His Creation. But it is interesting that this object is very close to the earth — 700 light years away.
Other amazing photographs:
The Crab Nebula (And the video measuring its expansion over time.)
Aurora over Acadia National Park in Maine.
The Milky Way over Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming
Ultradeep Field — in which galaxies look like “colorful pieces of candy”.
Finally, on a completely different note: the sounds of space.
Banner: Image credit: C. R. O’Dell, (Vanderbilt) et al. ESA, NOAO, NASA