A New Year’s Gift From NASA And Penn State


Omega Centauri (also known as NGC 5139). Credit: NASA/Swift/S. Holland (GSFC), M. Siegel and E. Fonseca (PSU)

Omega Centauri (also known as NGC 5139). Credit: NASA/Swift/S. Holland (GSFC), M. Siegel and E. Fonseca (PSU)

A large new collection of space photos taken at wavelengths that are invisible to the human eye and blocked by Earth’s atmosphere has been released as a New Year’s gift to the people of Earth by NASA and Penn State University. The images were captured by a telescope on board NASA’s Swift satellite, whose science and flight operations are controlled by Penn State from the Mission Operations Center in State College, Pennsylvania, using the Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope, which resulted from Penn State’s collaboration with the Mullard Space Science Laboratory of the University College-London. The telescope is one of just a few that study ultraviolet light, much of which is blocked by the atmosphere surrounding Earth.

“This extensive image gallery has some of the best pictures ever taken by this telescope, including some very early images that have not been published until now,” said Michael Siegel, a Penn State research associate in astronomy and astrophysics who is the lead scientist for the Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope.

Full Story and Links: http://science.psu.edu/news-and-events/2013-news/Siegel1-2013

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