Exploring the Universe
Space pictures featuring a collection of astrophotographers, space artists, major observatories and space organisations.
Ever wondered what a black hole is? It’s a region of space-time with such a strong gravitational field that nothing can escape from it, not even light. Despite the name, black holes do emit so-called Hawking radiation, evaporating and returning energy to the universe.
The Magellan spacecraft was launched 4 May 1989 to map the surface of Venus. It arrived at Venus on 10 August 1990. Magellan took radar images of approx. 98% of the planet's surface, its imagery far superior then previous spacecrafts. The Magellan probe was one of Nasa's most successful interplanetary missions.
After a journey of more than nine years and five billion kilometres, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft finally arrived at the dwarf planet Pluto. Horizons made its closest approach on 14th July 2015, making the first ever close-up study of this icy, distant world. The spacecraft is so far away that its signals take more than four hours to reach us.