Christmas in Space has info, facts, pictures and videos on Christmas related space and astronomy events and history such as the Star of Bethlehem. Christmas is an annual holiday observed on December 25.
Space Christmas Ornament.
Celestial Bauble Intrigues Astronomers. In this composite image, X-rays from Chandra and XMM-Newton (blue) have been combined with optical data from the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (red and green). Pulsar SXP 1062 is the bright white source located on the right-hand side of the image in the middle of the diffuse blue emission. The X-ray data reveal that SXP 1062 is rotating unusually slowly, about once every 18 minutes. The optical data on the left side of the image show spectacular regions of gas and dust where stars are forming. This would be the first definite time a pulsar, a spinning, ultra-dense star, has been found in a supernova remnant in the SMC, a small satellite galaxy to the Milky Way. X-ray & Optical: NASA/CXC/Univ.P
Christmas Space Burst.
A peculiar cosmic explosion first detected by NASA’s Swift observatory on Christmas Day 2010 was caused either by a novel type of supernova located billions of light-years away or an unusual collision much closer to home, within our own galaxy.
CHRISTMAS COMET: Spectacular Amazes Skywatchers in Chile.
This beautiful dawn photo of Comet Lovejoy over Santiago de Chile was taken by ESO Photo Ambassador Yuri Beletsky on 22 December 2011 at 05:00 in the morning.
MAGNIFICENT: An X-Ray Santa Claus in Orion.
This image of the Orion nebula combines NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope infrared light with X-ray light to reveal a huge cloud of high-temperature gas resting in a spectacular nearby star-forming region, shaped somewhat like the silhouette of Santa Claus.
STUNNING IMAGE…. Space Snow Angel.
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope Presents a Holiday Snow Angel. The bipolar star-forming region, called Sharpless 2-106, looks like a soaring, celestial snow angel. Credit: NASA, ESA & the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA).
Apollo 8: Christmas in Moon Orbit
12 Days of Christmas
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* Space Question: When is Christmas?
It is on the 25th of December on same date every year. The day will vary because it changes every year.
* Videos to be added at a later date.
Christmas in Space Links:
- An X-Ray Santa Claus in Orion: Image Credits: AAAS/Science (ESA XMM-Newton and NASA Spitzer data)
- Christmas Comet Lovejoy Seen over Santiago: Image Credit: Y. Beletski/ESO.
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