Cosmic Love: Happy Valentine’s Day From Outer Space (Photos)

Black hole ring: This composite image of Arp 147, a pair of interacting galaxies about 430 million light-years away, shows X-rays and optical light radiating from a ring of black holes. (Image: X-ray -  NASA/CXC/MIT/S. Rappaport et al., Optical - NASA/STScI)
Black hole ring: This composite image of Arp 147, a pair of interacting galaxies about 430 million light-years away, shows X-rays and optical light radiating from a ring of black holes. (Image: X-ray - NASA/CXC/MIT/S. Rappaport et al., Optical - NASA/STScI)

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Have you given any thought to your partner, and how you’re going to celebrate it?

Even in outer space it seems they will be sharing the love with these beautiful images.

There’s a quote with each picture to get you into the mood.

Make sure you have fun, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

A rose made of galaxies. Arp 273 lies in the constellation Andromeda, roughly 300 million light-years away from Earth. The image shows a tenuous tidal bridge between two galaxies separated by tens of thousands of light-years. (Image: NASA, ESA)

“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

—When Harry Met Sally

 

Tuscan heart: X-ray image of the young star cluster NGC 346. The heart-shaped cloud sits in the center of the Tuscan constellation. The cluster is 8 million degrees Celsius, and 100 light-years across. (Image: NASA/CXC/U.Liege/Y.Nazé et al.)

“No matter what has happened. No matter what you’ve done. No matter what you will do. I will always love you. I swear it.”

—Defiance by C.J. Redwine

 

Cosmic Rose        Image NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA This infrared image from NASA's WISE space telescope shows a cosmic rosebud blossoming with new stars, including the Berkeley 59 cluster and a supernova remnant.

Cosmic rose: This infrared image from NASA’s WISE space telescope shows a cosmic rosebud blossoming with new stars, including the Berkeley 59 cluster and a supernova remnant. (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA)

“I wanted to tell you that wherever I am, whatever happens, I’ll always think of you, and the time we spent together, as my happiest time. I’d do it all over again, if I had the choice. No regrets.”

—Boundless by Cynthia Hand

 

The Necklace Nebula   Image NASA, ESA The Necklace Nebula is located 15,000 light-years away in the constellation Sagitta (the Arrow). In this composite image, taken on July 2, 2011, Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 captured the glow of hydrogen (blue), oxygen (green), and nitrogen (red)

The Necklace Nebula is located 15,000 light-years away in the constellation Sagitta. In this 2011 composite image, Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 captured the glow of hydrogen (blue), oxygen (green), and nitrogen (red). (Image: NASA, ESA)

“And in her smile I see something more beautiful than the stars.”
—Across the Universe by Beth Revis

 

Celestial Valentine   Image NASA/JPL-Caltech/Harvard-Smithsonian Generations of stars can be seen in this infrared portrait from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. In this wispy star-forming region, called W5, the oldest stars can be seen as blue dots in the centers of the two hollow cavities (other blue dots are background and foreground stars not associated with the region).

Celestial Valentine: Generations of stars can be seen in this infrared portrait from the Spitzer Space Telescope. In this wispy star-forming region, called W5, the oldest stars are blue dots in the centers of the two hollow cavities. (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Harvard-Smithsonian)

“I never loved you any more than I do, right this second. And I’ll never love you any less than I do, right this second.”
—Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl

 

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