From a photo of a mysterious object spotted orbiting Earth to a picture of a star system that looks like the eye of Sauron we take a look at 10 mysterious photos taken in space.
1. Black Knight Satellite
In 1998 a series of photographs taken by NASA revealed something unusual in Earth’s orbit. Thought by many to be a satellite of extraterrestrial origin some believe this mysterious object may have been orbiting Earth for more than 13 000 years. Some think that radio waves heard by Nikola Tesla in an 1899 experiment may have been emitted by this ‘alien’ satellite. Others believe that the mysterious object is nothing more than a thermal blanket reported lost during a spacewalk conducted by U.S. Astronauts Jerry Ross and James Newman.
2. The Heart Of The Universe
This image of the Crab Nebula was assembled from 24 individual exposures taken from the Hubble Space Telescope in 1999 and 2000. The Crab Nebula is the remnant of a giant star that ended in a supernova explosion nearly 1000 years ago. The supernova was so bright that it was seen and recorded by Chinese astronomers in the year 1054, making it the first astronomical object identified with a historical supernova explosion. The Crab Nebula cannot be seen with the naked eye but can be made out using binoculars in good conditions.
The nebula gets its name from the 3rd Earl of Rosse, William Parsons who, in 1840 observed the object through a telescope and produced a drawing that many thought looked like a crab.