A VIEW FROM ABOVE

A VIEW FROM ABOVE TROPICAL CYCLONE

Tropical Cyclone Amphan.

The strongest storm ever recorded in the Bay of Bengal.

As it approaches eastern India and Bangladesh in this view captured by NASA’s Terra satellite on Tuesday (May 19).

The storm made landfall today near Sagar Island in West Bengal, India, near the border with Bangladesh.

A VIEW FROM ABOVE THE MILKY WAY

The dusty arc of the Milky Way galaxy stretches across the night sky in this circular fisheye view.

European Southern Observatory (ESO) photo ambassador Mahdi Zamani captured this image from Cerro Armazones, a mountain in northern Chile.

“Thanks to the exceptionally clear and dark skies, the thousands of stars and dusty clouds that make up the Milky Way Galaxy are visible,” ESO said in an image description.

The elusive zodiacal light is shown in the top right while a faint orange airglow lights up the entire night sky. — Hanneke Weitering

A VIEW FROM ABOVE TWO GALAXY'S

Two spiral galaxies collectively known as Arp 271 look like they’re getting ready to collide.

The two interacting galaxies, NGC 5426 and NGC 5427, have formed a bridge of material where new stars are beginning to form.

If the galaxies do end up crashing into each other, the collision will trigger a wave of new star formation over the next few million years, (according to the European Southern Observatory )

This same type of interaction may happen to our own Milky Way galaxy when it collides with the Andromeda galaxy in the next five billion years or so, ESO said.


 

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