” Beyond the edge of the world there’s a space where emptiness and substance neatly overlap, where past and future form a continuous, endless loop. And, hovering about, there are signs no one has ever read, chords no one has ever heard. ”

Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

City Lights / Wing Ka Ho


Light trails of stars passing over Hong Kong’s tightly packed streets by photographer Wing Ka Ho. Found at RGO‘s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 competition, winning on category People and Space (via).

Abstract Saturn


Two of Saturn’s moons  Mimas (right) and Dion ( left)


MImas , Pandora and Saturn

Mimas and Pandora orbit Saturn, image taken in visible light


Saturn rings

Saturn’s rings and shadows taken in visible light



Dione crosses Saturn’s rings


Saturn and moons Enceladus and Janus

Moons Enceladus (left) and Janus hover above the rings of Saturn


Saturn's moons Prometheus and Daphnis

Saturn’s moons Prometheus sculpting the F ring while Daphnis (too small to discern in this image) raises waves on the edges of the Keeler gap

More @ NASA’s Cassini Solstice Mission

Continuum / Dong Wensheng

Continuum 1 - Dong Wensheng

Continuum 2 - Dong Wensheng

Continuum 3 - Dong Wensheng

Continuum 4 - Dong Wensheng

Continuum 5 - Dong Wensheng

Continuum 6 - Dong Wensheng

Continuum 9 - Dong Wensheng

Continuum7 - Dong Wensheng

All images from the latest hand-colored silver gelatin print series titled Continuum, by brilliant Chinese photographer Dong Wensheng.

Courtesy of M97 Gallery, Shanghai.

Sunset on Pluto


“Just 15 minutes after its closest approach to Pluto on July 14, 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft looked back toward the sun and captured this near-sunset view of the rugged, icy mountains and flat ice plains extending to Pluto’s horizon.(…) The back-lighting highlights over a dozen layers of haze in Pluto’s tenuous but distended atmosphere. The scene is 1,250 kilometers (780 miles) wide.”

Click to enlarge image above – read more here

Full Moon in Earth’s Shadow


A beautiful image of the recent brief lunar eclipse, taken by Rolf Wahl Olsen from his observatory in Auckland, New Zealand. This was the shortest total lunar eclipse of the century, as the total phase of April 4, 2015 lasted less than 5 minutes.

Read more here. Link to full resolution image here

The Rehearsal of Space & the Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite / Edgar Martins

Edgar Martins 0Space glove, Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre (Star City, Russian Federation)

Edgar Martins Suits-Shelves-Astronaut dressing room, where the Sokol spacesuits are stored, Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre (Star City, Russian Federation)

Edgar Martins SoeyuzPressurised Sokol suit by Soyuz training module, Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre (Star City, Russian Federation)

Edgar Martins 7Mobile gantry for the Vega launcher, seen from underneath, CSG-Europe’s Spaceport, Kourou (French Guiana)

Edgar Martins Testing-Machines-Bepi-Colombo-Satellite Cabling used during testing of ESA’s BepiColombo spacecraft, ESA-ESTEC, Noordwijk (The Netherlands)

Edgar Martins 1Columbus Training Simulator, ESA-EAC, Cologne (Germany)

Edgar MartinsHorn of acoustic test facility, IABG, Ottobrunn-Munich (Germany)

All images from the project The Rehearsal of Space & the Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite, by Portuguese photographer and author Edgar Martins

previously: When Light Casts No Shadow

home is: Laniakea Supercluster

Astronomer Brent Tully has come up with a new technique that maps the Universe according to the flow of galaxies across space and clarify Great Attractor‘s role. Brent Tully and his team have determined that our own Milky Way galaxy is part of a newly identified ginormous supercluster of galaxies, the so-called Laniakea (aka immense heaven in Hawaiian).

Supercluster Laniakea

The above illustration is an imaginary supergalactic plane of the Laniakea Supercluster, created by DP at CEA/Saclay, France. Each white dot is an individual galaxy; The blue dot to the right is our location, the Milky Way, located near the boundaries of the Laniakea. Red regions have lots of galaxies, dark blue regions are voids with few. The white lines represent flow streams, along which galaxies are moving toward the center of mass of Laniakea. Check out the following video from Nature for more.

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