For the first time, a mission designed to set its eyes on black holes and other objects far from our solar system has turned its gaze back closer to home, capturing images of our sun.
The sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 7:24 p.m. EST on Dec. 19, 2014. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event.
Douglas H. Wheelock @Astro_Wheels A piece of the 'Sea of Tranquility' & Mt. Everest on the #ISS, from my 'ol pal 'Spike', @AstroDocScott
This sprinkle of cosmic glitter is a blue compact dwarf galaxy known as Markarian 209. Galaxies of this type are blue-hued, compact in size, gas-rich, and low in heavy elements.
This spectacular image of the star cluster Messier 47 was taken using the Wide Field Imager camera, installed on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile.
Like many small bodies in space such as most asteroids, Rosetta's comet 67P appears grey.
From the International Space Station, Expedition 42 Commander Barry Wilmore took this photograph of the Great Lakes and central U.S. on Dec. 7, 2014, and posted it to social media.
Late spring and summer weather brings blooms of color to the Atlantic Ocean off of South America, at least from a satellite view.
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope observes some of the most beautiful galaxies in our skies -- spirals sparkling with bright stellar nurseries, violent duos ripping gas and stars away from one another as they tangle together, and ethereal irregular galaxies that hang like flocks of birds suspended in the blackness of space.
@AstroTerry - Terry W. Virts This storm looks amazingly dangerous - praying for the people of the Phillipines