Do you remember this guy?

felix baumgartner jump from space

Photo via National Geographic

Felix Baumgartner. In 2012, he broke the world record for a free fall jump from higher than 120,000 feet. He also managed to free fall while breaking the sound barrier and was the first person to do so. AKA he fell faster than the speed of sound. *starts singing Coldplay*

Anyway, Baumgartner’s video gives you an adrenaline rush to watch partially because you’re getting nervous for him and partially because the view he has must be breathtaking. Literally, he probably forgot to breath when he first looked down. You can watch the video here (skip to 3:06 to freak out). These crazy space photos from National Geographic will give you the same rush, and they kind of make me want to drop everything and pursue becoming an astronaut or an astronomer. Physics tutoring here I come.

Wispy Supernova Remnants

Supernova Cassiopeia A’s remains taken by Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS).

wispy supernova remnants

Supermassive Black Hole

No, not the Muse song. The supermassive black hole resides in the middle of galaxy M60-UCD1.

supermassive black hole

“Pitbull” Asteroid

Lucky us! This 60-foot-wide (20 meters) asteroid just  missed us by 25,000 miles (40,000 km) on September 7th. We don’t have to be afraid of the asteroid named Pitbull anymore, but what about the rapper Pitbull with his new globe album cover.

pitbull asteroid and planet Earth

A Blue Pulsar

The blue magnetic core of a star continues to spin after the rest of it was destroyed in a supernova. Pulsars are named for the pulses of radiation they emit.

blue pulsar magnetic core of star

Rosette Nebula

This nebula is located in the constellation Monoceros about 5,000 light years away.

rosette nebula

White Dwarf Star Spirals

These two dense white dwarfs orbit each other once every 321 seconds. White dwarfs are often what smaller stars eventually become once they die.

white dwarf star spirals

Sun Storm

This is a snapshot of the development of a coronal mass ejection (CME), which is a sun storm. These storms cause solar winds to hit the Earth occasionally causing the aurora borealis.

sun storm crazy pictures of the sun

Buzz Aldrin on the Moon

THAT’S where the name Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story comes from! Buzz Aldrin was the second man to walk on the moon in the summer of 1969. Commander Neil Armstrong took the photo.

buzz aldrin on the moon

What do you think of these space photos?

 


Sydney Pereira is a student at New York University trying to change the world while simultaneously making enough money to travel when she's not studying or writing. She's also an athlete, music-lover, and avid news reader. When she's not exploring NYC, fresh flowers from the farmer's market and a cup of hot tea on a lazy Saturday are equally fulfilling.

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