” 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. ”
Two of Saturn’s moons Mimas (right) and Dion ( left)
Mimas and Pandora orbit Saturn, image taken in visible light
Saturn’s rings and shadows taken in visible light
Dione crosses Saturn’s rings
Moons Enceladus (left) and Janus hover above the rings of Saturn
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
“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.”
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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
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).
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.