Being an engineer, and having a natural draw towards science, I have always been fascinated with the planets, outer space, the Universe and all its secrets. The immensity of it all is just staggering, and hard to comprehend for just about everyone. This immensity is a reminder of how small and insignificant we mere humans are. Take for example the following scale diagram of our Solar System, and how puny the Earth is next to our (small) Sun:
Now let’s compare our little sun to one of the biggest stars currently known, VY Canis Majoris, which is 1,000,000 times bigger!
Starting to feel small now? Well, the purpose of this post isn’t to make you feel insignificant. It’s to point out the beauty and wonder in the natural universe, and our ability to see and photograph it. Below are just a few of my favorite images created by NASA/ESA/JPL with various ground and space telescopes, including Hubble, Chandra, and Spitzer. I’ve spent time modifying each of these images, by cleaning up stitching artifacts and enhancing tones and colors, while leaving the science of the image intact. These images make amazing pieces of abstract fine art, especially when printed as large metal or acrylic prints.