Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Space Photos of the Week: A Cosmic Light Show Rings in 2019

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Space Photos of the Week: A Cosmic Light Show Rings in 2019

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Happy New Year from space! This first week we are starting close and then traveling far across the cosmos. First we get a view from the moon, with the famous Apollo 8 image called Earthrise. A NASA astronaut took this photo out the window of the Apollo 8 capsule on Christmas Eve 1968 and it…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Why We All Take the Same Travel Photos

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Why We All Take the Same Travel Photos

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With 7.4 million people crammed into its 426 square miles, Hong Kong can be overwhelming to tourists. But now an app tells you exactly what to see—or, more precisely, what to photograph.Scroll through Explorest to find a surfeit of futuristic high-rises, minimalist staircases, and rooftop views perfect for selfies. Clicking on the pic tells you…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Space Photos of the Week: Do You Want to Land on an Asteroid?

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Space Photos of the Week: Do You Want to Land on an Asteroid?

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Before you head off into the great beyond, you first have to get out the door. Astronauts on the International Space Station have the benefit of perspective as they orbit Earth—a view so mind-blowingly awesome that it has been coined “the Overview Effect.” We mere nonastronauts can imagine what it would be like seeing the…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Space Photos of the Week: Packing for Mars

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Space Photos of the Week: Packing for Mars

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Happy Mars week! NASA just successfully land its InSight lander on the surface of Mars last Monday, and this week’s space photos will take us there. InSight sits just a few hundred miles north of where the Curiosity rover is exploring Gale Crater, and it will be the first spacecraft whose sole purpose is to…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Space Photos of the Week: A Star Is Born After Gases Crash

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Space Photos of the Week: A Star Is Born After Gases Crash

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If this week’s space photos had a theme, it would be impacts. Let’s start with a blue dwarf galaxy that has a strange shape, almost like a sparkly smear across a window. Our dwarf galaxy is pretty and blue and it’s nice to think of it as a sweet stellar nursery, but in this case…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Space Photos of the Week: The 6 Splendid Tails of Comet McNaught

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Space Photos of the Week: The 6 Splendid Tails of Comet McNaught

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Space fans, we have a visitor from the great beyond. This week’s rundown of space photos starts with a big “Welcome back!” to Comet McNaught, which caused a sensation in 1744.When astronomers first observed it overhead in the 18th century, McNaught confounded them because it had not one, but six tails spread out across the…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Photos: New Yorkers Wait ‘on Line’ to Vote in Midterms

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Photos: New Yorkers Wait ‘on Line’ to Vote in Midterms

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Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Majestic Photos Capture the Golden Age of the Space Shuttle Program

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Majestic Photos Capture the Golden Age of the Space Shuttle Program

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Seventy-three seconds after it launched on January 28, 1986, Challenger disintegrated, killing seven astronauts on board. Photographer John A. Chakeres, who had spent the four previous years documenting every one of the space shuttle’s launches, was shocked. Soon after, he packed his negatives away in the basement and didn’t touch them again for years.”It was…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Space Photos of the Week: Shooting Stars and Dwarf Galaxies

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Space Photos of the Week: Shooting Stars and Dwarf Galaxies

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Iron your space suit and polish your helmet, because this week we are are going intergalactic. Let’s begin by visiting a galaxy in a far-off constellation called Phoenix. This cosmic patch might look like a random arrangement of stars, and while the Phoenix Dwarf galaxy is a real galaxy, it’s still a bit … odd.Next…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Space Photos of the Week: Florence, From Way Way Up Above

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Space Photos of the Week: Florence, From Way Way Up Above

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We’re bopping all over the great beyond this week, starting from the International Space Station, where astronauts imaged Hurricane Florence from 254 miles above Earth. Gliding over to the next planet, let us visit a unique set of dunes on Mars. The Hubble Space Telescope, for its part, goes for a wide shot of Saturn…