We are lucky enough in our lifetime to be able to physically see images of different stellar bodies. Not only are we able to view these beautiful space pictures, but we can see them in high definition. It’s incredible that we have advanced enough to send out objects that will last millions of light years away and send back pictures and data on each object in our solar system. The Hubble Telescope has been a great champion in showing us the wonders of our universe.
Here are 5 shocking space pictures that remind us how incredible the universe really is:
Wolf-Rayet Stars — These massive stars are evolved and have completely lost their outer hydrogen, so they are fusing helium and heavy elements in their core.
Carina Nebula – This is a star forming nebula that can be found in the Milky Way galaxy, and has seen it’s share of supernova explosions. These shocking space pictures really do capture the beauty that is possible outside our world.
Cassiopeia A Supernova – A Supernova is a star that has exploded and increases in brightness because it’s mass is now ejected.
Rose Galaxy – Given it’s name for the obvious reason that it looks like a rose, these are actually two galaxies that are interacting with each other. I love that these shocking space pictures show how even galaxies work in tandem together.
Black Hole Squashing a Star – The gravity of the black hole pulls the passing star towards it, pulling different parts of the star at a time. In extreme cases, the start will be pulled into a long, spaghetti looking shape, a process actually known as “spaghettification.”
I am still so in awe of each and every shocking space picture we receive, whether it’s a newly discovered galaxy, or a planet (such as Pluto). What amazing sites we are able to feast our eyes upon.
What’s your favorite stellar body? Share your favorite shocking space pictures with us!
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