The mysterious and vast universe is changing rapidly, attracting photographers and astronomers to constantly observe the sky and capture the beauty of the universe,media New Atlas reported. New Atlas has collected some of the most incredible space photos of 2019, including the first historic ones, stunning stars, gorgeous galaxies and some new angles in our solar system.
Space agencies around the world have made significant achievements this year – the first major space event in 2019 took place on New Year’s Day, when the New Horizons probe flew over the Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, then known as The Horizon, now known as Arrokoth. The space rock is a billion miles farther away than Pluto, the most distant world ever detected by a human spacecraft.
New Horizons, which was just about 4,100 miles from Arrokoth at the time, sent back stunning close-up photos of the strange little world in the weeks that followed. The New Horizons mission team found arrokoth a red object with a strange snowman-shaped shape.
In April, space photography hit another record high. An international team of more than 20 astronomers has successfully taken the first black hole in human history. Of course, it’s not easy to see the blackest objects – the network of observatories comes together, and the Event Horizon Telescope, made up of eight radio telescopes from different parts of the world, has a diameter equivalent to earth’s diameter.
The Hubble telescope has been as busy this year as usual, taking some fascinating images, such as this Messier 75. This is a globular cluster of stars bound by gravity. The Messier 75 is the most concentrated globular cluster in the Messier catalogue, so it’s a popular choice for astronomical photographers.
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