Sample Astronomy Paper on Pictures of the Days

APOD 1: Stars and Dust in Corona Australis

The reason for selecting the image is to showcase the beautiful space, its stars and the galactic decorations. It is vital because it gives the people a different perspective of the outer space and its stellar beauty.

Corona Australis is Latin for ‘the southern crown’. It is a faint constellation located amid the constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius. According to some sources, it is supposed to be a representation of a crown worn by the centaur, which is epitomized by Sagittarius. The constellation is, however, not related to any myths and is sometimes known as Corona Austrina. A Greek astronomer, Ptolemy, was cataloged the phenomenon in the 2nd century.

APOD 2: Milky Way and Zodiacal Light over Australian Pinnacles

The essence of this picture is its awing beauty with the intent of showcasing the natural wonders of the earth. The picture is too perfect to the extent where it looks like a photoshop image. The timing of this photo is priceless and perfect. Many things had to be perfect for the capturing of such an image of high eccentricity.

The picture features peculiar earth phenomena and perfect galactical background. The foreground features the Pinnacles – infrequent spires of rock spires in the Nambung National Park located in West of Australia. The rocks are a composition of limestone – ancient sea shells. The formation of the human-size scenic is still unknown but under research. The amazing vista was captured last month. In the background, there is a ray of celestial light with dust grains reflecting the sunlight as they rise from the horizon close to the center of the image while orbiting amid the planets of the solar system. The mid-band of the Milky Way Galaxy arches across the top of the image, making Jupiter, Saturn and another famous star visible in the background of the night sky.

APOD 2: The Prague Astronomical Clock

The reason for selecting this image is the breath-taking sight of Prague, the capital of Czech Republic. The country remains unknown to the world compared to the other famous European countries and such stunning scenery helps create it name on it.

The picture features an ancient street in Prague. The main attraction of the street is the Astronomical Clock, a clock that not only tells the time of the hour but also the position of the Sun on the ecliptic by the zodiac signs (“Nataraj, Earth and Space: Photos from the Archives of Nasa”). The astronomical clock is in the foreground while beautiful ancient buildings on the left chronologically decorate the right side of the picture with other buildings filling the background along with empty street. The clock was first installed in 1410 making it the third-oldest of the world. The image was taken on March 2009.

These images Stars and Dust in Corona Australis, Milky Way and Zodiacal Light over Australian Pinnacles and the Prague Astronomical Clock are impressive sights of the world and the outer space (“Nataraj, Earth and Space: Photos from the Archives of Nasa”). The images do more than tell an impressive story of the time and location but also offer a history of the beautiful natural and man-made scenery. The images were taken by professionals with the intent of showcasing the wonders of the earth and the world.



Work cited

Nataraj, Nirmala. Earth and Space: Photos from the Archives of Nasa. , 2015. Internet resource.