Do you remember this guy?
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.
Supernova Cassiopeia A’s remains taken by Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS).
No, not the Muse song. The supermassive black hole resides in the middle of galaxy M60-UCD1.
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.
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.
This nebula is located in the constellation Monoceros about 5,000 light years away.
These two dense white dwarfs orbit each other once every 321 seconds. White dwarfs are often what smaller stars eventually become once they die.
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.
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.
What do you think of these space photos?