National Geographic’s Photo Of The Day: Tide Is High

National Geographic's Photo Of The Day: Tide Is High

From Nat Geo:

Photograph by Fran Virues Avila, National Geographic Your Shot

“Pay attention,” Your Shot member Fran Virues Avila was told by the diver seen here. “My jump will be worthy of observing.” Avila visits La Caleta Beach in Cádiz, Spain, every year to see people take the plunge when the tide is high. Perhaps this particular diver trains during the year or has natural athletic abilities, Avila ponders. In any case, he writes, the result did not disappoint, displaying “a mixture [of] freedom and courage.”

NASA’s Astronomy Picture Of The Day: M31: The Andromeda Galaxy

NASA’s Astronomy Picture Of The Day: M31: The Andromeda Galaxy

From NASA:

Explanation: What is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy? Andromeda. In fact, our Galaxy is thought to look much like Andromeda. Together these two galaxies dominate theLocal Group of galaxies. The diffuse light from Andromeda is caused by the hundreds of billions of stars that compose it. The several distinct stars that surround Andromeda‘s image are actually stars in our Galaxy that are well in front of the background object. Andromeda is frequently referred to as M31 since it is the 31st object on Messier‘s list of diffuse sky objects. M31 is so distant it takes about two million years for light to reach us from there. Although visible without aid, the above image of M31 is a digital mosaic of 20 frames taken with a small telescope. Much about M31remains unknown, including exactly how long it will before it collides with our home galaxy.

Image Credit: Robert Gendler