1. astronomicalwonders:

    Star Formation within the Eagle Nebula - M16

    This star-forming region is famous for its space pillars that appear in this infrared view from NASA’s Spitzer space telescope. The green dust is the cooler dust and the red dust represents hotter dust that was warmed by the explosion of a massive star 8,000 to 9,000 years ago. Astronomers estimate that the explosions blast wave spread outward and destroyed the eagle nebula’s three famous pillars about 6,000 years about. Since the light from the nebula takes about 7,000 years to reach us we will not witness this destruction for about another 1,000 years.

    Credit: NASA/Spitzer

  3. womeninspace:

    Stephanie Wilson floating together with a model of the Harmony node, which she helped install as one of the robotic arm operators.

    Source: NASA Human Spaceflight Gallery

  4. thenewenlightenmentage:

    Researchers propose a new theory of star formation

    Researchers at the California Institute of Technology in the US have discovered that one in every 10,000 stars may be made out of metal.

    Astrophysicist Philip Hopkins and his team decided to analyse how a phenomena of turbulence called preferential concentration affects star formation. 

    Prefential concentration affects the way dense particles cluster, and it has been shown to have an influence in almost everything, from aerosol production to rain formation.

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  5. Mars meets the Moon | Phil Plait

  6. breathtakingdestinations:

    Moon Over Earth - International Space Station (von NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center)

    (via megacosms)

  8. robertozod:

    A “Superbubble” found in the Large Magellanic Cloud.

  9. humanoidhistory:

    John Grunsfeld, spaceman. May 14, 2009.