These Photos From An Astronaut Aboard The Space Station Are Truly Mesmerizing
Astronaut Reid Wiseman took this image from the International Space Station. The image was posted to Twitter on June 2, 2014 with the caption "Our moon is a tiny fingernail floating in space. Look close.�01D
NASA ECHO II S-131 // From Wikipedia: "Project Echo was the first passive communications satellite experiment. Each of the two American spacecraft, launched in 1960 and 1964, was a metalized balloon satellite acting as a passive reflector of microwave signals. Communication signals were bounced off of them from one point on Earth to another."
At the turn of the 19th century, the binary star system Eta Carinae was faint and undistinguished. In the first decades of the century, it became brighter and brighter, until, by April 1843, it was the second brightest star in the sky, outshone only by Sirius (which is almost a thousand times closer to Earth). In the years that followed, it gradually dimmed again and by the 20th century was totally invisible to the naked eye.