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Quintuplet Cluster by NASA on The Commons on Flickr.

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Penetrating 25,000 light-years of obscuring dust and myriad stars, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has provided the clearest view yet of one of the largest young clusters of stars inside our Milky Way galaxy, located less than 100 light-years from the very center of the Galaxy. Having the equivalent mass greater than 10,000 stars like our sun, the monster cluster is ten times larger than typical young star clusters scattered throughout our Milky Way. It is destined to be ripped apart in just a few million years by gravitational tidal forces in the galaxy’s core. But in its brief lifetime it shines more brightly than any other star cluster in the Galaxy. Quintuplet Cluster is 4 million years old. It has stars on the verge of blowing up as supernovae. It is the home of the brightest star seen in the galaxy, called the Pistol star. This image was taken in infrared light by Hubble’s NICMOS camera in September 1997. The false colors correspond to infrared wavelengths. The galactic center stars are white, the red stars are enshrouded in dust or behind dust, and the blue stars are foreground stars between us and the Milky Way’s center. The cluster is hidden from direct view behind black dust clouds in the constellation Sagittarius. If the cluster could be seen from earth it would appear to the naked eye as a 3rd magnitude star, 1/6th of a full moon’s diameter apart.

Image # : PR99-30B

Skylab 3 Close-Up by NASA on The Commons on Flickr.

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A closeup view of the Skylab space station photographed against an Earth background from the Skylab 3 Command/Service Module during station keeping maneuvers prior to docking. The Ilba Grande de Gurupa area of the Amazon River Vally of Brazil can be seen below. Aboard the command module were astronauts Alan L. Bean, Owen K. Garriott, and Jack R. Lousma, who remained with the Skylab space station in Earth’s orbit for 59 days. This picture was taken with a hand-held 70mm Hasselblad camera using a 100mm lens and SO-368 medium speed Ektachrome film. Note the one solar array system wing on the Orbital Workshop (OWS) which was successfully deployed during axtravehicular activity (EVA) on the first manned Skylab flight. The parasol solar shield which was deployed by the Skylab 2 crew can be seen through the support struts of the Apollo Telescope Mount.

Image # : SL3-114-1683

Skylab 3 Close-Up by NASA on The Commons on Flickr.

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A closeup view of the Skylab space station photographed against an Earth background from the Skylab 3 Command/Service Module during station keeping maneuvers prior to docking. The Ilba Grande de Gurupa area of the Amazon River Vally of Brazil can be seen below. Aboard the command module were astronauts Alan L. Bean, Owen K. Garriott, and Jack R. Lousma, who remained with the Skylab space station in Earth’s orbit for 59 days. This picture was taken with a hand-held 70mm Hasselblad camera using a 100mm lens and SO-368 medium speed Ektachrome film. Note the one solar array system wing on the Orbital Workshop (OWS) which was successfully deployed during axtravehicular activity (EVA) on the first manned Skylab flight. The parasol solar shield which was deployed by the Skylab 2 crew can be seen through the support struts of the Apollo Telescope Mount.

Image # : SL3-114-1683

Interior of the Mayfair Ballroom by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums on Flickr.

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View of the interior of the Mayfair Ballroom, Newcastle upon Tyne, March 1963 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/4/AG2312A).

The Mayfair Ballroom and Concert Hall was one of the most popular venue’s in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, hosting a rock club, which became the largest and longest-running of its kind in Europe. Situated on the corner of Newgate Street and Low Friar Street, it closed in 1999 to make way for a leisure complex, now known as The Gate.

20 March 1963 photographed by Turner’s.

Turner’s was established in Newcastle upon Tyne in the early 1900s. It was originally a chemists shop but in 1938 become a photographic dealer. Turners went on to become a prominent photographic and video production company in the North East of England. They had 3 shops in Newcastle city centre, in Pink Lane, Blackett Street and Eldon Square. Turner’s photographic business closed in the 1990s.

(Copyright) We’re happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Please cite ‘Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums’ when reusing. Certain restrictions on high quality reproductions and commercial use of the original physical version apply though; if you’re unsure please email archives@twmuseums.org.uk.

To purchase a hi-res copy please email archives@twmuseums.org.uk quoting the title and reference number.

MAVEN Spacecraft Returns First Mars Observations by NASA Goddard Photo and Video on Flickr.

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NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has obtained its first observations of the extended upper atmosphere surrounding Mars.

The Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) instrument obtained these false-color images eight hours after the successful completion of Mars orbit insertion by the spacecraft at 10:24 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 21, after a 10-month journey.

The image shows the planet from an altitude of 36,500 km in three ultraviolet wavelength bands. Blue shows the ultraviolet light from the sun scattered from atomic hydrogen gas in an extended cloud that goes to thousands of kilometers above the planet’s surface. Green shows a different wavelength of ultraviolet light that is primarily sunlight reflected off of atomic oxygen, showing the smaller oxygen cloud. Red shows ultraviolet sunlight reflected from the planet’s surface; the bright spot in the lower right is light reflected either from polar ice or clouds.

The oxygen gas is held close to the planet by Mars’ gravity, while lighter hydrogen gas is present to higher altitudes and extends past the edges of the image. These gases derive from the breakdown of water and carbon dioxide in Mars’ atmosphere. Over the course of its one-Earth-year primary science mission, MAVEN observations like these will be used to determine the loss rate of hydrogen and oxygen from the Martian atmosphere. These observations will allow us to determine the amount of water that has escaped from the planet over time.
MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars.

Read more: 1.usa.gov/1oj2Av3

Kenneth Smith Special Collection Photo by San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives on Flickr.

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PictionID:38545954 - Catalog:kmsmith_00008 - Filename:kmsmith_00008.TIF - ————Image from the Kenneth Smith Special Collection. Smith attended St. Mary’s College and worked with Consolidated Aircraft during World War Two. He worked with the company and eventually became vice president. He also was an executive for North American Rockwell and E-Systems Inc. As well as being second in command at the FAA—————PLEASE TAG this image with any information you know about it, so that we can permanently store this data with the original image file in our Digital Asset Management System.————————-SOURCE INSTITUTION: San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive

Kenneth Smith Special Collection Photo by San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives on Flickr.

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PictionID:38545954 - Catalog:kmsmith_00008 - Filename:kmsmith_00008.TIF - ————Image from the Kenneth Smith Special Collection. Smith attended St. Mary’s College and worked with Consolidated Aircraft during World War Two. He worked with the company and eventually became vice president. He also was an executive for North American Rockwell and E-Systems Inc. As well as being second in command at the FAA—————PLEASE TAG this image with any information you know about it, so that we can permanently store this data with the original image file in our Digital Asset Management System.————————-SOURCE INSTITUTION: San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive

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Banned Books Week—History Edition

This page was removed from the 13th-century Morgan Picture Bible. Why?
It was owned in the 1600s by Persian ruler Shah Abbas, who, it is suspected, did not approve of this story about a son’s defiance of his father.
This page shows the battle between the armies of traitoroous Absalom and his father King David, and Absalom’s death.

Zoom into the illumination: here.
Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read. This week we’re sharing examples of books from cultural history that have been attacked, vilified, or otherwise banned.
Scenes from the Life of Absalom, about 1250, French. J. Paul Getty Museum.
thegetty:

Banned Books Week—History Edition

This page was removed from the 13th-century Morgan Picture Bible. Why?
It was owned in the 1600s by Persian ruler Shah Abbas, who, it is suspected, did not approve of this story about a son’s defiance of his father.
This page shows the battle between the armies of traitoroous Absalom and his father King David, and Absalom’s death.

Zoom into the illumination: here.
Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read. This week we’re sharing examples of books from cultural history that have been attacked, vilified, or otherwise banned.
Scenes from the Life of Absalom, about 1250, French. J. Paul Getty Museum.
thegetty:

Banned Books Week—History Edition

This page was removed from the 13th-century Morgan Picture Bible. Why?
It was owned in the 1600s by Persian ruler Shah Abbas, who, it is suspected, did not approve of this story about a son’s defiance of his father.
This page shows the battle between the armies of traitoroous Absalom and his father King David, and Absalom’s death.

Zoom into the illumination: here.
Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read. This week we’re sharing examples of books from cultural history that have been attacked, vilified, or otherwise banned.
Scenes from the Life of Absalom, about 1250, French. J. Paul Getty Museum.
thegetty:

Banned Books Week—History Edition

This page was removed from the 13th-century Morgan Picture Bible. Why?
It was owned in the 1600s by Persian ruler Shah Abbas, who, it is suspected, did not approve of this story about a son’s defiance of his father.
This page shows the battle between the armies of traitoroous Absalom and his father King David, and Absalom’s death.

Zoom into the illumination: here.
Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read. This week we’re sharing examples of books from cultural history that have been attacked, vilified, or otherwise banned.
Scenes from the Life of Absalom, about 1250, French. J. Paul Getty Museum.

thegetty:

Banned Books Week—History Edition

This page was removed from the 13th-century Morgan Picture Bible. Why?

It was owned in the 1600s by Persian ruler Shah Abbas, who, it is suspected, did not approve of this story about a son’s defiance of his father.

This page shows the battle between the armies of traitoroous Absalom and his father King David, and Absalom’s death.

Zoom into the illumination: here.

Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read. This week we’re sharing examples of books from cultural history that have been attacked, vilified, or otherwise banned.

Scenes from the Life of Absalom, about 1250, French. J. Paul Getty Museum.

The Overwhelming Symmetry Of Hong Kong’s Architecture Captured By Peter Stewart

Australian photographer Peter Stewart has found a novel photographic perspective on one of the most populated places in the world – Kong Kong. In his mesmerizing “Stacked – Hong Kong” photo series, the photographer finds beauty in the region’s monotonously expansive skyline, focusing on unexpected viewpoints to capture the never-ending urban mosaics of never-ending public housing towers. His photos look up from the ground floor of tall towers and look down from the top flights of tall stairways.

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