It’s impossible to capture the scale of our galaxy on your computer screen, but darned if the European Southern Observatory isn’t going to try. The observatory has released a 108500×81500 pixel mosaic of the central parts of the Milky Way. You weren’t planning on doing anything else with your weekend, right?
“You have probably seen slow motion footage of water droplets before, but it probably wasn’t really slow. In the above footage you can glimpse in astounding detail what is really happening when a drop of water falls. At a few thousand frames per second, the droplets actually bounce on the surface of the water. This was filmed with a Phantom high-speed camera.”
“Astrophotographer extraordinaire Thierry Legault traveled to Australia for the Transit of Venus this past June, but he didn’t stop with just taking incredible images of the Transit and then head home to France. He’s just published an wonderful collection of night sky images he took from his time in Australia, including this beautifully stunning image of a ‘Moonbow’ over Wallaman Falls…”