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7 Ridiculously Cool Pictures of Space

A collection of really neat photos with a little explanation of each.

Why? Because Science.

# 1: Earth’s true distance from the moon. It takes a space shuttle about three days to cross this yawning chasm of space, which measures approximately 238,900 miles or 384,400 km across.

enhanced-buzz-wide-2723-1420723206-7Image Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Earth-Moon.png

# 2: A view up Jupiter’s skirts. Here we see Jupiter’s south pole and the many concentric rings that represent the planet’s different atmospheric pressure zones. The transitional areas between these zones feature great instability and are the source of Jupiter’s notoriously vicious and persistent super storms, called “hypercanes.” That’s like a hurricane on steroids. The most famous of these hypercanes is the “Great Red Spot,” which has been raging on for many centuries, although apparently it is decreasing in size.

Amazing space picturesImage Source: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute / Via nasa.gov

# 3: Every single dot you see in this picture is a galaxy. Makes you feel small, doesn’t it?

Amazing space picturesImage Source: NASA, ESA, G. Illingworth, D…

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