NASA's Int'l Year of Astronomy: 400 yrs. of exploring the Universe since Galileo

-Posted by D. Worth (US) | for- M. Barbay (France (US trip)

Arcing above the horizon and into the night at the left is a beautiful band of Zodiacal Light - sunlight scattered by dust in the solar system's ecliptic plane.

Zodiacal Light Vs. Milky Way Credit & Copyright: Daniel López, IAC

Of course, seasoned skygazers might even spot M33, the California Nebula, IC1805, and the double star cluster of Perseus...

NASA's Great Observatories Celebrate International Year of Astronomy #
View image of the spiral galaxy Messier 101; which is a composite of the Hubble, Chandra and Spitzer space telescopes...

Remembering Galileo Galilei, who first turned his telescope to the heavens in 1609, marking the dawn of modern astronomy. To commemorate 400 years of exploring the universe, 2009 has been designated the International Year of Astronomy. More.

NASA/ESA: New Views of the Skies: Hubblecast-VIDEO
-GPS... Interesting info (In French)

And then, we cannot forget NASA's Galileo... VIEW.
Deliberately plunging into Jupiter's crushing atmosphere, Sept. 21, 2003; marking a successfully ended mission, N.G. forever shaped modern Astronomy.
NASA's Galileo changed the way we look at our solar system... And was the first to fly past an asteroid and the first to discover a moon of an asteroid... And provided the only direct observations of a comet colliding with a planet...

N.G. was the first to measure Jupiter's atmosphere with a descent probe, and the first to conduct long-term observations of the Jovian system from orbit. N.G. found evidence of subsurface saltwater on Europa, Ganymede and Callisto and revealed the intensity of volcanic activity on Io...
In Memory: View image- Here.

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